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Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler invites the public to a celebration to kick off the County’s participation in the “United We Fight. United We Win” campaign of the United Way of Central Maryland.
FallFest 2018 will be held on Friday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse gardens along Washington Avenue in downtown Towson. The event will feature scarecrow-making, games and contests, food trucks, vendors, a silent auction, kittens available for adoption, music and more. The event is being held rain or shine.
Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler announced plans to significantly expand the County’s emergency mental health system by funding overnight hours for the Mobile Crisis Team that responds to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, including those addicted to opioids.
The Baltimore County Crisis Response System, a collaborative effort between the County’s Health and Police Departments, works with The Affiliated Sante’ Group, Inc. to provide emergency mental health services to Baltimore County residents. The Mobile Crisis Team is currently available from 9:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily. The increased funding of $561,000, contingent on County Council approval, will bring the Mobile Crisis Team budget to $2.6 million and will help expand their services to 24 hours per day.
“Our Mobile Crisis Team provides a vital service to people in their most vulnerable moments; by pairing a mental health clinician with a police officer, they are able to respond in a way that deescalates situations, protecting both the individual and overall public safety,” Mohler said. “If approved by the Council, we will ensure that County residents who need these services throughout the night will now have access to them.”
“The increase in funding will mean an expansion in service hours, and having these services available around the clock is priceless,” said Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch.
The Mobile Crisis Team responds to severe behavioral health emergencies in the community, with the goals of diverting residents from unnecessary hospitalizations and/or entry into the criminal justice system, and reducing the number of emergency petitions. The team provided 2,343 interventions to County residents and their families in fiscal year 2018.
“This funding will allow constant coverage throughout the County to provide a resource to patrol officers dealing with those suffering from mental health issues,” said Chief of Police Terrence Sheridan. “Hopefully, this will continue our trend of peacefully resolving incidents involving individuals in crisis.”
“The Mobile Crisis Team has been a tremendous asset to the community and I support the expansion of their availability into the overnight hours, when many incidents take place,” said County Council Chair Julian Jones.
“Mental health crises don’t start in the morning and end at night,” concluded Mohler. “We have to take care of those in need.”
Another strength of the Mobile Crisis Team is that they help people take full advantage of the dynamic matrix of services in place to link County residents to preventative care options.
For more information on mental health services offered in Baltimore County, call the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-3828. To access emergency mental health services, call the 24-hour Mobile Crisis Team hotline at 410-931-2214.
by Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP, Director, Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services
The quote most often attributed to Ben Franklin, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” continues to ring true – especially as it relates to flu vaccinations. The Baltimore County Department of Health is working to lessen the impact of the 2018-2019 flu season by providing free flu shots Saturday, October 13, 2018.
This very important vaccination can help safeguard you and your loved ones against the flu. We recommend that persons six months and older get it as early as possible. The free vaccination will be given at seven locations throughout the county from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.
Preventing the flu should be everyone’s goal, and the best way to do that is know the flu FACTS.
Frequently wash your hands.
Washing hands with soap and water for 20-30 seconds is the best form of protection to reduce the spread of germs. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Always get an annual flu shot.
Flu viruses are constantly changing. Last season’s flu vaccine may not protect against newer viruses, and an annual vaccination is the only way to maintain protection each season.
Cover your coughs and sneezes.
Use a tissue to cover your coughs and sneezes; then throw it away. If you do not have a tissue, cough and sneeze into the crease of your arm (elbow area) to prevent your droplets from spreading. Never cough or sneeze into your hands.
Take time off from school, work, and social activities if you have symptoms.
Some common symptoms include:
Seek medical care if your symptoms get worse.
If your condition does not improve after taking over-the-counter medication to alleviate symptoms, call you doctor.
Spread the word (and not the flu). Ask your friends and family to join you at one of seven locations on Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. When you and your family are “flu free” this season, you’ll be glad you did.
For more information, go to http://resources.baltimorecountymd.gov/Documents/Health/flyers/flushots.pdf
Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler, Director of Health and Human Services, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, and Department of Health mascot, “Sure Shot” today announced the County’s Super Saturday, free flu vaccination clinics.
The free, flu vaccination clinics will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations in each of the seven Councilmanic districts:
Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road, First Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
Dundalk Middle School
Baltimore, Maryland 21222
Hereford Middle School
712 Corbett Road
Monkton, Maryland 21111
Lansdowne Middle School
2400 Lansdowne Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21227
Middle River Middle School
800 Middle River Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21220
Pikesville Middle School
7701 Seven Mile Lane
Pikesville, Maryland 21208
Randallstown Community Center
3505 Resource Drive
Randallstown, Maryland 21133
Free flu vaccinations will be available, while supplies last. Vaccines are given on a first come, first served basis and no appointment is needed. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeved or sleeveless shirts for quick and easy access to the portion of their arm where the vaccination will be administered.
“Our goal is to make getting your flu shot as accessible and convenient as possible so that we can help to safeguard against this potentially dangerous illness,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. “Holding these clinics at seven locations across the County and providing the vaccine at no cost is a great way to prepare for the flu season.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine - even if they were vaccinated last year - since immunity from vaccination declines over time and strains may change from year to year. The vaccine is safe, effective and readily available this season.
“We don’t want locations or cost be a deterrent for people to get their shot,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “The best defensive move against the flu is knowing the flu FACTS – Frequently wash your hands, Always get an annual flu shot, Cover your coughs, Take time off when you are sick, and Seek medical treatment if symptoms get worse.”
For more information on Super Saturday flu vaccination clinics, call 410-887-BCHD (2243) or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/flushot.
Eligible Maryland residents can register to vote and registered voters can make address changes during early voting. If all the requirements are met, the voter can complete or update their registration, then mark and tabulate their ballot at an early voting center.
To register and vote during early voting in Baltimore County, an individual must be eligible to vote in Maryland and be a resident of Baltimore County. They can go to any early voting center in Baltimore County and bring a document proving residency. The documents that prove residency are a Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) issued driver’s license, ID card, or change of address card, or a paycheck, bank statement, utility bill, or other government document with the individual’s name and current address.
If a voter is registered but has moved, election officials can process this change at any early voting center in Baltimore County.
There are 11 early voting centers in Baltimore County, which will be open from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Thursday, October 25 through Thursday, November 1, including Saturday and Sunday. There is at least one early voting center in every county, and 12 counties have more than one center.
Baltimore County’s early voting centers are accessible, with adequate parking, and within a convenient driving distance for most voters in the county. The early voting centers in Baltimore County are located at:
The same day registration or address change process is only available during early voting. It will not be available on election day. Party or name changes cannot be processed during early voting or election day.
Early voting for the 2018 General Election will start Thursday, October 25 and continue through Thursday, November 1. According to prior voting patterns, the best days to avoid delays will be Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. For more information about early voting, visit www.elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html
Election day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Serving as Baltimore County’s thirteenth County Executive, Don Mohler was elected to fill the remaining term of Kevin Kamenetz who died on May 10, 2018. Mohler served as Chief of Staff to Kamenetz since 2010. Learn More.