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The Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland (CBH) advocates for policy and legislative changes designed to achieve a robust, high quality, clinically integrated behavioral health system for  families and individuals in Maryland.


2019 Legislative Session

As the 2019 legislative session approaches, CBH is working with members and partners to identify a legislative agenda. Key areas to watch include fully funding the HOPE Act rate increases, supporting telemedicine efforts to alleviate workforce issues, and further expanding access to services. CBH will mobilize our members to action through three venues:

  1. Voter Voice - CBH uses Voter Voice in connection with our weekly newsletter to identify critical partners in legislative districts and help them contact their elected officials about issues. 
  2. CBH Advocacy Workgroup - This group meets weekly during the legislative session to discuss critical issues and strategize actions. For more information about this group contact Shannon Hall (shannon@mdcbh.org). 
  3. Disseminating Information - CBH uses this website and the weekly newsletter to get the right information to the right members. This includes issue briefs, testimony, and other communications assets. Check it regularly during session for information.

To look up bills and session information directly, visit the Maryland General Assembly website. Users can create customized tracking tools for bills and learn how session works

2019 Legislative Session Briefs and Resources

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Previous Session Resources

In the 2018 legislative session CBH reviewed every bill introduced and monitored those having an impact on community behavioral health providers. CBH testified at over 25 hearings and successfully secured passage of almost all CBH’s identified priorities. CBH’s voice shaped amendments on other legislation, ensuring that the needs of providers are heard on a wide array of topics impacting the community behavioral health system. Access our 2018 legislative report here. For additional resources from past sessions call us at 410.788.1685.

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