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The Office of Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford

Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health in Maryland


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
View the Commission’s 2021 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:


November 2022 Meeting
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Governor’s Reception Room, State House

This meeting will be held in-person in the Governor’s Grand Reception Room at 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401. The meeting will be livestreamed. Relevant meeting information will be provided to those who sign up to offer testimony.

The Commission welcomes relevant testimony from the public. For those interested in providing testimony, please know that  you can do so in the following ways:
  1. In-person
  2. Online via ZOOM
  3. Submission of written testimony to be included in the meeting materials
If you wish to participate in person, please RSVP to no later than Friday, November 11, 2022, at 5 p.m.
If you plan to submit written testimony, please do so by Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 5 p.m.  Submissions must 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.

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Click here to view past Commission meetings

Upcoming Subcommittee Meetings:

Click here to view past Subcommittee meetings.

Crisis System Advisory Workgroup

Chair: Robin Rickard

Upcoming Meetings:

Date Forthcoming
Google Meet
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 641-732-2446‬ PIN: ‪643 207 958‬#
More phone numbers:

Contact: Marianne Gibson,

Finance & Funding

Co-chairs: Dennis Schrader, Kathleen Birrane

Upcoming Meetings:

Thursday, September 8th at 1 pm – 2 pm

 Join by Google Meet:

  Join by Phone: (US) +1 629-888-1368    PIN: 817854084

Contact: Terri Smith,

Public Safety & Judicial System

Co-chairs: Dr. Lynda Bonieskie & Senator Katie Fry Hester

Upcoming Meetings:

Date Forthcoming

Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 854 5776 8837
Passcode: 475913

Contact: Dr. Lynda Bonieskie,

Youth & Families 

Co-chairs: Dr. Randi Walters; Christian Miele

Upcoming Meetings:

Date Forthcoming

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,

Page Updated 9/10/2022