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Panel Addresses Mental Health, School Security

Several agencies from across the county will meet at Anne Arundel Community College on Tuesday to discuss solutions to preventing tragedies close to home.

A forum to discuss mental health initiatives in the county will be held at Anne Arundel Community College on Tuesday, featuring experts from across the state.

The panel will provide updates on what improvements can be made in Anne Arundel County, including adding school resource officers to more public schools.

Anne Arundel County Government released the following information on Monday about event:

Anne Arundel County will host a forum tomorrow to discuss mental health initiatives in the wake of the Connecticut shooting and other tragedies across the nation.

Mental health is a key piece in our discussion about how to prevent these terrible events, which often a perpetrated by a lone gunman who goes unnoticed until the unthinkable happens. We can do more as a community to stop these ticking time bombs before they explode.

The forum will be held at Anne Arundel Community College on February 12th in the Cade Building, Room 219, from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The panel will revisit topics discussed at a forum two years ago. Experts will evaluate what progress has been made in identifying and treating mental illness and identify persistent gaps.

The County has taken several steps to strengthen mental illness and public safety initiatives, including increased funding for the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency and the Crisis Response System, expanding the School Resource Officer Initiative to middle schools and hiring a Mental Health Services director at the Jennifer Road Detention Center.

Panelists representing the following agencies will serve on the panel: 
  • Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, Inc.
  • Anne Arundel County Police
  • Anne Arundel County Department of Health
  • Anne Arundel County Public Schools
  • Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities
  • Baltimore-Washington Medical Center
  • Anne Arundel County Detention Service
  • Anne Arundel County Crisis Response System
  • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Anne Arundel Community College
Shannon February 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Well why don't we address the fact that if you are on medical assistance you can receive better mental health services than those that work and pay for their insurance. You can receive home services if you are medical assistance, but there is a 3 month waiting list if you need to get someone in that has insurance. Let's talk about why you can be seen on State Insurance everywhere, but no one accepts private insurance, and yet my paycheck is smaller to pay for government assisted insurance. Wake up!!!! All of this stuff going on in the world is because the middle class is ignored, and all the attention either goes to the rich or the poor. We also need to do away with this Probation Before Judgement junk. If someone is guilty of a crime, why are we allowing them to walk away with a PBJ. They are just going to continue doing what they were doing in the first place. No wonder the news is filled with disaster and crime.

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