It is with heavy hearts that we bring you the news that one of our dedicated board members Frank Weathersbee has passed away, all of us here at Hope House extend our deepest condolences to his family during this time. Frank Weathersbee's dedication to Hope House and to serving those in the community doesn't end with his passing, he leaves behind a Memorial Scholarship Fund that will allow those seeking recovery a chance at a new life.
If you would like to contribute to the Frank Weathersbee Memorial Scholarship Fund please follow the directions on our Donation Page: http://hopehousemd.org/donate , and be write "Frank Weathersbee Memorial Scholarship Fund" in the note/message portion of your paypal payment.
The following is Peter D'Souza's complete statement in response to the proposed methadone clinic bill.
We need to expand treatment in Anne Arundel County in the wake of the Heroin Overdose Epidemic in our State as suggested by our County Executive and the Governor. The archaic IMD Exclusion Medicaid Law prohibits inpatient programs from treating more than 16 patients.
Hope House and its staff draws inspiration from one of our founding members, Bob Hartge, for his vision and tireless energy to cater to the needs of our community. We hope to keep his legacy alive with the continuation of services to our community. After 32 years of service to people who are too often portrayed as perpetrators of crime (an extremely small number compared to the thousands who are recovering), we need to view them as victims of 1, 2, or 3 diseases (addiction, mental illness and physical illnesses).
County Executive Steve Schuh and the Anne Arundel County Heroin Task Force will be present to discuss the current health crisis. This is an appropriate forum to raise your concerns over inpatient treatment availability, and to question how the state plans to address this issue while combating heroin overdose.