AboutThe Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) serves as the primary coordinating office for the state’s response to the opioid and overdose crisis. As outlined in Executive Order 01.01.2022.07, the OOCC is responsible for coordinating with all state agencies engaged in opioid crisis response efforts and the Opioid Intervention Teams (OIT) in each of Maryland’s 24 local jurisdictions to promote alignment with the state’s strategic priorities.
OOCC Vision and MissionVision: The OOCC aspires and works towards a healthier Maryland where individuals have equitable access to care and where opioid and overdose-related harms are reduced through comprehensive and coordinated efforts between state and local partners. Mission: Under the guidance of the Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating Council, the OOCC will pursue the following mission elements to make our vision a reality:
- Develop the Inter-Agency Opioid Coordination Plan;
- Coordinate the opioid-related efforts of approximately 20 state agencies, our community partners, and all 24 local jurisdictions throughout the state;
- Identify “promising practices” that can be implemented throughout Maryland;
- Assess gaps in statewide and local efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and work to fill those gaps;
- Facilitate communications and collect relevant data;
- Provide financial support to assist local jurisdictions, state agencies, and community organizations to advance their efforts to combat the opioid crisis; and
- Evaluate all opioid-related legislation and opioid crisis-related budget proposals.
State-Level Partner Roles and ResponsibilitiesThe OOCC coordinates the statewide opioid and overdose crisis response through state partner agencies in the areas of health, human services, education, law enforcement/public safety, and emergency services. State partners serve as subject-matter experts on collaborative initiatives and are responsible for program development and implementation within their agencies. Non-governmental partners, including health care systems and associations, community and faith-based organizations, professional associations, and nonprofits and businesses, play a vital role in Maryland’s whole-community approach.
Local Opioid Intervention TeamsA key element of the statewide strategy is encouraging multidisciplinary collaboration and coordination among all levels of government. To provide direction and coordination among stakeholders at the local level, all 24 jurisdictions have established OITs, which function as multi-agency coordinating bodies. The purpose of an OIT is to bring together representatives from different local agencies to advance programming, to identify gaps and opportunities, and to coordinate resources. OITs are led jointly by each jurisdiction’s health officer and emergency manager and include governmental and community partners from local agencies, providers, and community groups. OITs are responsible for developing a community strategy to address opioid addiction and substance use disorder (SUD) in their community. OITs also identify priority areas for programming and allocate OIT grant funding to those areas. Most OITs meet on a monthly or quarterly basis to discuss progress in priority areas and gaps that need to be addressed.
State Partner Agency Partners
- Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services
- Maryland Department of Health
- Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
- Maryland Department of Emergency Management
- Maryland State Police
- Maryland State Department of Education
- Department of Human Services
- Department of Juvenile Services
- Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
- Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
- Maryland Higher Education Commission
- Maryland Insurance Administration
- Office of the Attorney General
- Department of Housing and Community Development
Inter-Agency Heroin and Opioid Coordinating CouncilGovernor Larry Hogan created the council through executive order in February 2015. It meets on a quarterly basis to share information from across Maryland state agencies to better coordinate the state’s efforts to reduce overdose morbidity and mortality.
- DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) Educational Foundation
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Maryland Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence
- MedChi, Maryland’s State Medical Society
- University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security
- Washington/Baltimore HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas)