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2018-08-09 St. Mary's County Times

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  Thursday, August 9, 2018 1 The County Times   L’il Margaret’s Festival: Bluegrass for Picky Folks    F   R   E   E County Times THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018 St. Mary’s WWW.COUNTYTIMES.SOMD.COM  Thursday, August 9, 2018 The County Times 2 Local News 3Cops & Courts 10In Our Community 11Education 15On the Cover 16Sports 21PAX River 23Obituaries 24Community Calendar 26Senior Calendar 27Library Calendar 27Entertainment 29Contributing Writers 28Business Directory 30 FREE INIIAL CONSULAION AUTO ACCIDENTS WORKERS’ COMP ã Divorce/Separationã Support/Custodyã Domestic Violenceã Criminal/Trafcã DWI/MVA HearingsPower of Attorneyã Name Change ã Adoptionã Wills ã Guardianship SERVING CHARLES ã ST. MARY’S ã PG ã CALVERT Te Law Offices of P.A. Hotchkiss & Associates Providing Excellent Service For Over 20 Years 99 Smallwood Dr. Waldorf, MD ã 206 Washignton Ave. LaPlata, MD (301) 932-7700 (301) 870-7111 Accepting: Scan this “Times Code” with your smart phone P.O. Box 250 ã Hollywood, Maryland 20636News, Advertising, Circulation, Classifeds: 301-373-4125 www.countytimes.net For staff listing and emails, see page 23 C O N T E N T S In Community Page 12   LOCAL In Local Page 8 “IT’S PREMATURE TO HAVE A MEETING ON THIS; WE’RE STILL IN THE ACCEPTANCE PHASE WITH THE NEW SYSTEM.” —COMMISSIONER TOM JARBOE ON CALLS FROM THE COUNTY FIRE BOARD TO MEET WITH COMMISSIONERS ABOUT PROBLEMS WITH THE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM. In EntertainmentPage 29 Do You Feel Crabby When You Get  Your Insurance Bill In The Mail? Burris’ Olde Towne Insurance AUTO ã HOME ã BUSINESS ã LIFE LEONARDTOWNBRYANS ROAD Give Us A Call  You’ll Be Glad You Did. LEONARDTOWN 301-475-3151 BRYANS ROAD 301-743-9000 WWW.DANBURRIS.COM AN INDEPENDENT AGENT REPRESENTING ERIE INSURANCE GROUP ON THE COVER:  JAY ARMSWORTHY, RIGHT, TAKES THE STAGE AT L’IL MARGARET’S BLUEGRASS AND OLD TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH LEWIS LAYTON, CENTER, AND LEON MORRIS.  Thursday, August 9, 2018 3 The County Times Local News Walden-Sierra Purchased by Pennsylvania Health Group By Guy LeonardStaff Writer  Increasing demands for treatment,  particularly related to substance abuse, and dwindling public funding for it was  part of the reason the Walden group was recently purchased by a Pennsylvania- based health care company.Since 1973 Walden has been the coun-ty’s largest substance abuse and crisis counseling service, but the organiza-tion’s leaders say it made the move to  join Pyramid Health Care to keep pace with rapidly changing times.“The times have changed, however, and we must grow and change to re-spond to the ever- increasing complexity and acuity of health needs experienced  by the people in the communities we are  privileged to serve. With the changes in  public funding and the ever-increasing need for quality treatment, the Board of Directors and leadership have sought to make sure we have mission sustain- ability, nancial viability and the ability to expand our wonderful services. This  partnership accomplishes all three,” said Walden CEO and executive di-rector Kathleen O’Brien in a prepared statement.According to Walden, all of its facili-ties will remain open and it will contin-ue to accept all insurance carriers that it currently works with; it will continue to  provide services for in-patient and out- patient substance abuse, mental health issues and recovery support. It is in the process of nding another service provider to handle its program of assisting victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and violent crime.Dr. Meena Brewster, the county’s chief health ofcer, said her organiza -tion would be watching the merger to ensure the needs were eventually met for the sexual assault and domestic vio-lence assistance programs.Brewster believed the merger could be good for St. Mary’s County.“If there’s an expansion of service, which we always need more of, that will be a positive for the community,” Brewster said. “We’re following closely what’s happening with this merger.”The sale of its assets to Pyramid Health means Walden will no longer be a non-prot entity. Meghan Ridgell, marketing represen-tative for Walden, said the merger with the larger business entity should have no effect on Walden’s programs or how cli-ents can get service or pay for it.“Nothing is changing except for our  partnership with Pyramid Health,” Ridgell said. “We’re partnering with them for better opportunities for our company.”Though the service provider is based in St. Mary’s County it serves clients from Calvert County as well as the rest of Southern Maryland.Pyramid Healthcare, Inc. is a behav-ioral health provider founded in 1999. The company employs a staff of over 2,000 and operates 78 facilities and six autism schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina.  guyleonard@countytimes.net  California location, from www.waldensierra.org
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