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The Office of Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford

Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health in Maryland

Lt. Governor Rutherford speaking at a podium


In January 2019, Lt. Governor Rutherford announced Executive Order 01.01.2019.06, signed by Governor Hogan, establishing the Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health in Maryland. The commission, which will be chaired by Lt. Governor Rutherford, has been tasked with studying mental health in Maryland, including access to mental health services and the link between mental health issues and substance use disorders.  The commission includes representatives from each branch of state government, representatives from the state departments of Health, Public Safety and Correctional Services, and Human Services, as well as the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Insurance Administration, the Opioid Operational Command Center, and six members of the public with experience related to mental health.

Click here to view the full list of commission members. To receive email updates from the commission, request here.

View the Commission’s Interim Report.
View the Commission’s 2019 Annual Report.

Check back for more information on the Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health in Maryland, including upcoming meetings and the progress of the commission.

Upcoming Commission Meetings:

Click here to view past Commission meetings.

St. Mary’s County Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Location TBD**

Upcoming Subcommittee Meetings:

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Crisis Services
Co-chairs: Delegate Robbyn Lewis; Steve Schuh

Upcoming Meetings:

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032

Contact: Mariane Gibson,

Finance & Funding
Co-chairs: Al Redmer; Dennis Schrader

Upcoming Meetings:

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 1:00 -2:00 PM *POSTPONED*
Conference Call
Dial-in Number: +1 267-574-0924
PIN: 988487097#

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Conference Call
Dial-in Number: +1 262-423-7097
PIN: 992634786#

Contact: Lisa Fogle,

Public Safety & Judicial System
Chair: Dr. Randy Nero

Upcoming Meetings:

TBD **

Contact: TBD **

Youth & Families 
Co-chairs: Dr. Randi Walters; Christian Miele

Upcoming Meetings:

TBD **

Contact: Kristen Robb-McGrath,

**Page Updated 4/1/2020