Successful ACY Early Intervention and Opportunity Summit

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Successful ACY Early Intervention and Opportunity Summit
National Experts Speak; Fiscal Report Released; Major Endorsement Announced

The first ACY Early Intervention and Opportunity Summit was a big success and a significant boost to reform of children's services leading into the 2009 Maryland legislative session. A large audience heard from national experts, listened to the inspiring words of Chief Judge Robert Bell, learned about how the reforms pay for themselves and heard first about the support of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.

Chief Judge Robert Bell

A panel of national experts spoke to the efficacy of the proposals in the Maryland Can Do Better for Children campaign, including preconception health care for women, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Family Team Decision Making, and cultural competency training. For more on these evidence-based solutions, click here.

Speakers included: Dr. Hugh Mighty, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Dr. Catherine Bradshaw, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Mark Soler, Center for Children’s Law and Policy; Dr. Anna McPhatter, Morgan State University School of Social Work; and Wendy Jones, Georgetown’s National Center for Cultural Competence. The Honorable Robert Bell, Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals, gave opening remarks. Over 150 people attended the summit, representing government, academia and non-profit organizations. Vincent Shiraldi, Director of Youth Rehabilitation Services for the District of Columbia, was a surprise guest discussing juvenile justice reform.

Dr. Hugh Mighty

Dr. Anna McPhatter, Dr. Catherine Bradshaw & Wendy Jones

Mark Soler

ACY published a new issue brief Pay For Itself in conjunction with the summit. The brief shows that the proposals of the Maryland Can Do Better for Children campaign can be implemented within existing state agency budgets and that the proposals will collectively save the state $3.4 million in FY 2010. Early interventions and evidenced-based programs reduce the need for more costly, and less effective, residential facilities and emergency care.

At the summit, ACY also announced the endorsement of Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown for its Maryland Can Do Better for Children campaign. The Lt. Governor is the highest level official in Maryland to endorse the campaign so far. A majority of Maryland State Senators and ranking members in the House of Delegates have already endorsed the campaign, as have an array of local government, business and community leaders across the State. “Lt. Governor Anthony Brown has long been recognized as a champion for Maryland’s children, and we are especially honored to have his endorsement,” said ACY’s Executive Director Matthew Joseph.

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