Tag Archives: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Federal judge allows suit claiming retaliatory regulation by officials to proceed

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A federal lawsuit alleging state officials targeted a group of nursing homes with enforcement procedures and violated their constitutional rights can proceed, a judge ruled after finding the plaintiff had sufficiently pleaded its claims.

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Study: Medicaid gives more in rural Md. access to health insurance

As President Donald Trump and his administration look to repeal the Affordable Care Act and make deep cuts to Medicaid, a new study showed evidence that Medicaid expansion has decreased the number of uninsured in rural areas of the country. ...

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Hogan re-appoints Peters, Schrader over objections of Senate Democrats

Dennis Schrader and Wendi Peters

Lawmakers barely got out of Annapolis before Gov. Larry Hogan sent a message about how the Senate handled his appointments. Two of the most contentious appointments — Wendi Peters and Dennis Schrader — were re-appointed by Hogan Tuesday, less than ...

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Hogan withdraws Schrader for DHMH post, says he’ll reappoint

Dennis Schrader, State Department of Health And Mental Hygiene secretary-desginee. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

The nomination of Dennis Schrader, Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent pick to lead the state health department, has been withdrawn but a spokesman for the first-term Republican said the nominee will be back next year. Schrader, who was interviewed by the ...

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Bills seek to codify court ruling on services for developmentally disabled foster children

Mitchell Y. Mirviss, a partner at Venable LLP in Baltimore, testified Thursday in Annapolis in favor of legislation that would authorize a juvenile court to order transition care for individuals with developmental disabilities as they age out of the foster system. Mirviss successfully argued the case before the Court of Appeals in 2015. ‘What you have is a very lean bill that does one thing and one thing only: it plugs the gaps (in the law),’ he told lawmakers Thursday. ‘These children are the highest-risk people in the state.’ (File photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Cross-filed bills in the General Assembly again seek to codify and clarify a 2015 Court of Appeals decision that found juvenile courts have the authority to order transition care for individuals with developmental disabilities as they age out ...

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Mitchell resigns, to be replaced by Schrader at DMMH


Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene Van T. Mitchell has resigned, to be replaced by Dennis Schrader, who has served as the governor’s appointments secretary and as deputy transportation secretary. Mitchell on Thursday emailed his staff saying he would resign ...

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DHMH will overhaul sexual abuse protections as part of settlement

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has reached a settlement with a former patient which includes an overhaul of sexual abuse protections in state-run hospitals and treatment facilities. The plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe, filed suit in 2014 after being sexually ...

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Md. lawmakers vow bill requiring DHMH to honor court orders

Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, D-Montgomery. (File photo)

Two state legislators say they will introduce bills that make it clear the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is required to move quickly and obey court orders to accept mentally incompetent defendants who are awaiting trial. Sen. Robert A. ...

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Union, Hogan administration clash on mental hospital issues

Pat Moran. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

The largest state employees’ union is calling on the governor and Maryland health officials to increase the number of beds and staffing at state mental hospitals. The demands come days after the state health secretary appeared before a Baltimore City Circuit ...

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