Department to Convene Expert
Panel to Improve Continuity of Care for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness
Effective treatments for serious mental illness can reduce the
morbidity associated with mental illness and help individuals live healthier
and more fulfilling lives. However, studies have demonstrated that
interruptions in treatment can delay recovery and are associated with poorer health outcomes
and hospitalization. In rare instances, untreated mental illness can also
contribute to dangerous behavior.
At the direction of Governor O’Malley, the Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene is convening a seven-member expert panel to explore ways to
enhance continuity of care for individuals with serious mental illness.
Dr. Gayle Jordan-Randolph, Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health
and Disabilities, will chair the panel. Dr. Jordan-Randolph is a
clinically trained child psychiatrist, adult psychiatrist, and forensic
psychiatrist and has extensive experience in Maryland’s behavioral health
The advisory panel will examine barriers to continuity of care and
make recommendations to strengthen the existing mental health service delivery
system, improve health outcomes, and address deficiencies that lead to
interruptions of care. Members of the expert panel will include
individuals with expertise in:
Community and inpatient mental health and substance abuse
Forensic and court-involvement issues
Legal and guardianship proceedings
Academic and policy development
The advisory panel will hold four public meetings to discuss the
following topics: legal and regulatory barriers; treatment-related barriers;
research and evidence-based practices to improve continuity of care; and
communications, cultural, and demographic barriers.
Members of the public - including providers, consumers, and
advocates - will have the opportunity to submit research, reports and
statements for the advisory panel’s review and consideration. Public
input will help inform the panel’s recommendations.
Toll Free 1-877-4MD-DHMH – TTY/Maryland
Relay Service 1-800-735-2258
The Department will be accepting nominations for the advisory
panel from Monday, April 15, 2013 through Monday, May 13, 2013.
Applicants should send a resume and statement of interest to:
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
ATTN: Rianna Brown
Chief of Staff for Behavioral Health and Disabilities
201 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
The Department will announce appointments to the Continuity of
Care Advisory Panel on Friday, May 10, 2013. The panel will begin holding
meetings in the summer and recommendations will be released in November 2013.