Anne Arundel fund helps people transition into addiction treatment
By Phil Davis, January 15, 2018
Anne Arundel County has created a small fund to help those seeking treatment for their addiction to opioids and other drugs avoid missing out because of short-term insurance issues.
Adrienne Mickler, executive director of the county Mental Health Agency, said the county has allocated $43,000 toward helping people in need of treatment but with questions about health insurance.
Hope House Treatment Aide to be Honored at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast
By Staff Report, January 6, 2018
Six community activists will be recognized Jan. 15 for their contributions to the community at the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast.
This year’s theme will be “Keep on Pushing” and features Gail Christopher, founder of the Ntianu Center for Nature and Healing, as the keynote speaker. She will discuss her work with the America Healing initiative and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation effort.
State stalls on opioid treatment funding for Anne Arundel County
By Phil Davis, September 17, 2017
Katherine Bonincontri hired five additional staff members to help meet the county’s growing opioid treatment needs. She is hoping for state funding to help underwrite increased staffing costs.
The founder of the Pascal Crisis Stabilization Center is still waiting from word from the state if money will be channeled through the county to the Crownsville nonprofit, despite the fact the state told counties to be ready to implement new or expanded programs potentially funded by the grant by Sept. 1.
In Md. county ravaged by drug addiction, fire and police stations open their doors
By Rachel Siegel, September 4, 2017
It starts, usually, with the ringing of a fire station doorbell. Someone new has come for help — maybe a parent with a struggling teenager or an adult who has realized his life is being unraveled by drug addiction.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, firefighters and police officers at stations in Anne Arundel County are ready to assess people addicted to opioids and set in motion a broader coalition that can get them quickly into drug treatment, whether or not they have money to pay.
Anne Arundel's "safe stations" gain momentum, prompting change
By Phil Davis, August 26, 2017
The "safe stations" initiative in Anne Arundel County has taken off off over the past month, offering opioid addiction help to 45 people over the last three weeks.
At 15 people a week, according to Anne Arundel police, its popularity is well beyond what county officials expected.
The program — which turned police and fire departments into veritable safe havens for those addicted to drugs looking for help — originally launched with the expectation that its capacity would be about five people per week.
In the Community
My Time: Heritage Harbour Women's Club Hosts Luncheon
On May 23, 130 members of the Heritage Harbour Women's Club and guests gathered to celebrate achievements during their first year as a nonprofit organization. A luncheon with tea was held at the community's lodge. President Sally Ehrle thanked members for their support in raising funds through eight events and their work on 11 service projects. More than $14,000 in donations went for nursing scholarships and to drug treatment centers, a domestic violence/abuse program, public safety and services to disabled veterans. Read More...