To address concerns about safety in congregate settings, the MPS sent a letter to Governor Hogan with recommendations for correctional facilities that address personal protective equipment, distancing and contingency planning. The communication was forwarded for response by the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The media attention to these problems has also been effective in accelerating needed changes.
The MPS also signed on to a broader Behavioral Health Coalition letter to Governor Hogan that makes recommendations to lessen the impact of COVID-19. The range of topics includes testing and observation, support for staff, options for families, reducing unnecessary use of congregate settings, and more. MDH responded in detail to the concerns.