APDM operates several programs designed to strengthen the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, their attorneys and staff, as well as more thoroughly meet the needs of the clients that they serve.
Justice-Involved Youth Behavioral Health Access Project
In collaboration with CareFirst and OPD, APDM works to increase access to services and improve wellness for justice-involved youth in Prince George’s County through screening, assessment, planning, ongoing support, and referrals to appropriate behavioral health treatment and community-based services.
To ensure that Maryland public defenders remain abreast of new and emerging reforms and best practices, APDM provides scholarships for OPD attorneys, social workers, and staff to pursue outside professional development opportunities, attend conferences, specialized trainings, and workshops.
Charles Hamilton Houston Diversity Initiative
Recognizing the critical importance of racial and ethnic diversity to a public defender’s office whose clients are primarily people of color, APDM seeks to expand the pipeline of attorneys from groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession and to strengthen the cultural competencies of the next generation of legal service providers.
Uber Transportation Partnership
OPD clients often lack the resources to secure reliable transportation to and from their scheduled court dates and court-ordered appointments. APDM partners with Uber to provide transportation for client's without means.