On August 26th, with no forewarning to the patients, staff, or the local community,and acting on incorrect information the Board of Public Works, led by Governor O'Malley ordered the closure of the Upper Shore Community Mental Health Center in Chestertown. The center serves roughly 200 patients, nearly all of them from the Eastern Shore. The closure is forcing these patients to scramble to find new facilities for treatment.
Senator EJ Pipkin and Delegate Mike Smigiel are fighting hard to get O'Malley to reverse his decision. Unfortunately, the Upper Shore isn't a key electoral swing district, like say for instance the BGE service area in and around Baltimore.
Pipkin, Smigiel, and others are staging an all night vigil to protest the closure
Local legislators invited the Governor to tour the facility--twice--to hear from affected patients, staff, and community members. O'Malley never responded. Yet O'Malley will attend a $1,000 per plate fund raiser in Chestertown, not far from the facility this Saturday afternoon.