Record Observer - - Opinion -

The A. F. Whit­sitt Cen­ter first opened in 1983. It has con­sis­tently de­liv­ered high-qual­ity treat­ment to peo­ple on the East­ern Shore of Mary­land who strug­gle with sub­stance use and co-oc­cur­ring men­tal health prob­lems. 632 peo­ple were ad­mit­ted to treat­ment in 2016.

Through thick and thin, boom years and re­ces­sion, Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can ad­min­is­tra­tions and a host of pol­icy changes, Whit­sitt has ad­justed. This fa­cil­ity will make the nec­es­sary changes to con­tinue the com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing a much-needed ser­vice to an un­der-served pop­u­la­tion.

We are us­ing a team ap­proach within Whit­sitt as well as work­ing with the Be­hav­ioral Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion, stake­hold­ers in the com­mu­nity, politi­cians and other treat­ment providers to de­velop and im­ple­ment plans that will en­sure that Whit­sitt will not only sur­vive but will thrive in the com­ing years.

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