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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:

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Virtual Meeting*
Members of the public who are interested in providing comments to the Commission may participate in the meeting via Zoom and are asked to RSVP no later than Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 5:00PM. In an effort to keep the meeting focused and on schedule, we ask that comments be limited to 2 minutes.
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Upcoming Subcommittee Meetings:

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Crisis Services
Chair: Steve Schuh

Upcoming Meetings:

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Google Meet*
Join by Phone: +1 352-973-0206‬
PIN: ‪787 277 337‬#

Contact: Marianne Gibson,

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

Upcoming Meetings:


Contact: Lisa Fogle,

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

Upcoming Meetings:


Contact: Dr. Lynda Bonieskie,

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

Upcoming Meetings:

Monday, November 9, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Google Meet*
Join by Phone: +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 9/24/2020