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County to Build In-Patient On-Demand Treatment Facility in Owings Mills

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that Baltimore County will renovate a County-owned building on the Rosewood campus in Owings Mills to house a privately-operated treatment program providing on-demand residential treatment for some 300 people per year. The facility is expected to open in November of 2019 with approximately 70 beds. 

“Making additional treatment beds available will go a long way to providing the intensive, personalized care needed to help stem this public health epidemic,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The treatment facility will be located in the Richards Building on the campus of the former Rosewood State Hospital in Owings Mills. The cost of the renovation is projected to be in the range of $2.5 to $3 million.  The renovations are expected to take 12 to 18 months with the facility estimated to be open in 18 months. The County will issue a Request for Quotations (RFQ) seeking a private partner to run the opioid treatment program at our newly renovated facility.  The RFQ process will take several months.

“This is a tremendously positive life-saving initiative for the entire Baltimore County community, and Rosewood is a good choice for such a greatly needed health resource,” said Council Chair Julian Jones.

The Opioid Issue

The rate of overdose deaths involving opioids has increased 200% since 2000. Of particular concern is the number of fentanyl-related deaths which have continued to increase in the county since 2010.

The opioid epidemic has impacted Baltimore County in several other ways, including increases in the number of substance exposed newborns, increases in the number of children entering foster care and increases in the number of County residents seeking treatment options.

The Baltimore County Department of Health provides resources and linkage to care for substance abusers and their families, offers a broad range of programs and services to prevent substance abuse, and develops, coordinates, and monitors a countywide network of substance abuse prevention and treatment services.

The following services are available in various locations throughout the County:

  • Outpatient treatment
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Residential treatment
  • Peer Recovery support services
  • Family support and education
  • Overdose response training
  • Walk-in Assessment Clinics

People may call the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-88-REACH (73224) for additional information about any of these resources.

“I am so excited to have so many additional beds for treatment on demand,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services. “This will truly be a lifesaving effort.” 

County Suing Pharmaceutical Companies

On April 25, Baltimore County filed a federal lawsuit against several pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors of opioids, seeking monetary damages incurred by the County.

“We believe that the pharmaceutical industry pressured doctors into prescribing opioids for chronic pain, and purposely misrepresented the risk of addiction,” Kamenetz said. “The desire to increase profits on the part of drug companies is a leading cause of our nation’s health crisis, and we are fighting back.”

Revised September 11, 2017