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MARYLAND ADVOCACY WEEK IS FEBRUARY 14-18

Register Today!

2022 Maryland Advocacy Week will be held VIRTUALLY during the
week of February 14-22. Please register HERE to receive
information and login instructions prior to February 14. 

ADVOCACY WEEK ACTIVITIES
Beginning the week of February 14
 

County-Wide Elected Meetings
(Registration links coming soon)

February 14 
5 p.m. | Worcester and Somerset Counties | Delegate Otto
5:30 p.m. | Harford County | Delegate Reilly
6 p.m. | Howard County | Senator Lam
6:30 p.m. | Carroll County | Delegate Ready 

February 15 
10 a.m. |  Hear from Stevanne Ellis, Maryland's long-term care ombudswoman, about her office's vital work during the pandemic to aid seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

5 p.m. | Montgomery County | Delegate Korman
5:30 p.m. | Anne Arundel County | Senator Elfreth
6 p.m. | Frederick County | Delegate Kerr
6:30 p.m. | Dorchester, Talbot, Wicomico Counties | Senator Eckardt and Delegate Jacobs

February 16 
10 a.m. | Discuss the Maryland State Plan on Aging with Deputy Secretary Bernice Hutchinson, and hear our state's plan for our seniors over the next five years.

5 p.m. | Baltimore City County | Senator McCray
5:30 p.m. | Charles County | Senator Ellis and Delegate Patterson
6 p.m. | Baltimore County | Delegate Young

February 17 
10 a.m. | Quincy Samus, chair of Maryland's Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council, will present on the Council's new Alzheimer's State Plan.

5 p.m. | Kent/Caroline/Cecil/Queen Anne's Counties | Delegate Jacobs
5:30 p.m. | Calvert County | Delegate Fisher
6 p.m. | Garrett County | Delegate Beitzel


Download a list of 2022 Maryland Legislative Priorities here.

For Public Testimony and Comments, click here.

Annapolis 2021: Legislative Accomplishments

THEY ARE NOW LAWS!
The 2021 Maryland General Assembly culminated with the passage of four Alzheimer’s-related legislations.

ADVOCACY WORKS!
The Alzheimer’s Association worked with elected officials to introduce:

1. HB 119/SB 313, sponsored by Delegates Sample-Hughes and Washington, requires the Maryland Department of Health to provide information about dementia and public health in their current public health programs. This effort is in partnership with the State Department of Aging, the State Alzheimer’s Council, and the Alzheimer’s Association.
2. HB 141/SB 275, sponsored by Delegate Sample-Hughes and Senator Hester, requires dementia training for Maryland’s home care providers’ staff—at hire and with annual updates.
3. HB 416/SB 204, sponsored by Delegate Belcastro and Senator Beidle, requires a long-overdue update to Maryland’s assisted living facility regulations that include standards for staff training and sufficient staffing within assisted living facility memory care units.
4. SB 5/HB 28, sponsored by Senator Griffith and Delegate Pena-Melnyk, requires the state of Maryland to provide implicit-bias training with significant added funding for the Health Department’s Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities. We commend the legislature for agreeing to a one-word amendment requiring the Maryland Health Care Commission to provide an annual report on dementia disparities.

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More information:
Public testimony and comments
Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Council

Chapter Contact:
Eric Colchamiro - ercolchamiro@alz.org

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