Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Visits Washington County Day Reporting Center
Center Is State’s First Adult Day Reporting Center; Fulfills Recommendation of Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today visited the Washington County Day Reporting Center, located on the grounds of the Washington County Detention Center, in Hagerstown. The Lt. Governor was joined by Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore; Delegate Brett Wilson; Secretary of Public Safety & Correctional Services Stephen Moyer; the executive director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention, Glenn Fueston; local law enforcement and public health officials; and nonprofit leaders for a tour of the new facility and a roundtable discussion on the state’s ongoing fight against heroin. The visit was part of the Hogan administration’s three-day trip to Western Maryland, which kicked off with a public Cabinet meeting in Hagerstown this morning.
Washington County was one of four counties in the state that saw a drop in drug- and alcohol-related overdose deaths from January to June 2016. In July, Governor Hogan announced that Maryland was providing $540,000 to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to operate the state’s first adult day reporting center. This announcement fulfilled a key recommendation of the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force to establish a day reporting center pilot program to integrate treatment into offender supervision. The new center will provide non-violent offenders who have substance abuse disorders with effective supervision and proven treatment programs that include therapy, life skills, and education.
“Governor Hogan and I vowed to use every tool available to fight the heroin epidemic, and Washington County’s new day reporting center is a shining example of that continued commitment,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford, who chaired the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. “Washington County has been a state leader in providing effective treatment to those suffering with addiction—before, during, and after incarceration. If this pilot program is successful, it will serve as a model across the state.”
“I want to thank the Lt. Governor for joining us today on a tour of our new day reporting center, and for understanding that the right path for substance-addicted offenders is to treat them as individuals who have a disease, rather than try to solve the problem through incarceration,” said Sheriff Doug Mullendore. “We are proud of how far Washington County has come in the fight against heroin and opioid addiction, and it is my hope that we can prove ourselves a leader in community-based supervision and treatment.”
Funding for this program was made available in Governor Hogan’s FY 2017 budget, which includes $3.7 million new dollars to put the recommendations of the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force into action. The funding will be administered through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention, which will also participate in monthly strategic planning meetings with the day reporting center’s partners. This program complies with the goals of Maryland’s Justice Reinvestment Act by helping to reduce the high cost of incarceration and the recidivism rate, while increasing public safety.
Washington County’s day reporting center is supported by a partnership of criminal justice, behavioral health, and educational entities, including the Courts, Parole and Probation, the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, the Washington County Bar Association, and the Washington County Health Department.
Offenders who enter the program will be required to have a job or to look for a job. They will go through a strict, step-by-step process to help them become productive citizens, which includes an initial behavioral health and criminogenic risk assessment, daily classes, urinalysis testing, curfews, and levels of supervision by the Division of Parole and Probation that advance from intensive to intermediate to aftercare. Offenders are expected to participate in the day reporting center’s activities for a minimum of 92 days within a six-month period. Those who do not meet the criteria of the program will either be sent back to an earlier phase, or incarcerated.