Welcome to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Policy and
Procedure Internet web site. This site was designed to facilitate the
access of DHMH policies by staff and management. Only current,
Department-wide policies are addressed at this site. Other directives,
sometimes generically called "policies" exist at the program level, such
as at DHMH facilities, and there are also other directives in the form
of guidelines, protocols, standards, manuals, etc. which may provide the
advice which you are seeking on specific issues.
DHMH 02.10.03, The DHMH Policy on Policies, provides the authority and specifications for the development of DHMH policies. See http://dhmh.maryland.gov/policies/021003v1.pdf
As stated in 02.10.03, a "policy" is defined as "a plan of action or
decision-making to be used by DHMH employees and management when
encountering certain issues or conditions that are of such significance,
that a desired outcome has been prescribed". A "procedure" is defined
as "a step-by-step process of interactions between designated
individuals (actors), for the purpose of carrying out a DHMH policy."
Quite often, DHMH policies are used to implement State or Federal
mandates in order to ensure DHMH compliance, and also where an issue may
span across two or more administrations.
DHMH policies differ from other directives in that they:
If you have any general questions regarding policies or procedures,
please contact Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and
Policy Coordination at 410 767-6499 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464