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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.
View the Commission’s 2020 Annual Report.
View Report from the 2020 State Summit on Behavioral Health and the Justice System

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:

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July 2021 Meeting
Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

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The Commission welcomes verbal testimony from the public. If you are interested in providing verbal testimony to the commission during the meeting on July 13, please RSVP to no later than Friday, July 9, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

To RSVP for Verbal Testimony:
Deadline: July 9, 2021; 5:00 PM
Please include your name, title, and organization

*NOTE: We reserve the right to summarize comments and/or exclude inappropriate submissions from being read during the meeting.

Upcoming Subcommittee Meetings:

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Crisis Services
Chair: Steve Schuh

Upcoming Meetings:

Wednesday, July 7, 2021  10am-11:30am
Google Meets
Join by Phone: +1 347-569-5026‬
PIN: ‪843 048 878‬#

Contact: Marianne Gibson,

Crisis Services Subcommittee meetings will be held the first Wednesday of every other month.

Finance & Funding
Co-chairs: Dennis Schrader, Kathleen Birrane

Upcoming Meetings:

Thursday, July 6, 2021 1-2 PM
Google Meets

‪(US) +1 316-536-0833‬ PIN: ‪350 940 591‬#

Contact: Terri Smith,

Public Safety & Judicial System
Co-chairs: Dr. Lynda Bonieskie & Senator Katie Fry Hester

Upcoming Meetings:

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 3 p.m.

Via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 884 5787 9398

Passcode: 401148

Contact: Dr. Lynda Bonieskie,

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

Upcoming Meetings:

Monday, July 12, 2021 1-3 PM

Google Meets
Join by phone – ‪(US) +1 708-634-8653‬ PIN: ‪636 238 330‬#

Youth & Families Subcommittee meetings will be held the second Monday of every other month.

Contact: Kristen Robb-McGrath,

*Connecting via internet using the link provided is encouraged.
**Page Updated 5/4/2021