The Association for the Public Defender of Maryland


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As part of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield's Catalyzing Expansion of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services Initiative, APDM provides dedicated social work and peer recovery services for public defender clients with opioid addiction in Frederick and Washington Counties.
With support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the National Juvenile Justice Network, and Open Society Institute, APDM established 24 and None, a youth-led movement to challenge the incarceration of children in Maryland.

COVID Reentry

The Baltimore City Public Defender’s Office established a COVID-19 response re-entry project to ensure that clients released from jail are aware of COVID-19 health guidelines and current emergency orders, and can access the resources they need upon release.

Driver's Education Scholarships

With support from the Community Trust Foundation, APDM provides scholarships to clients in Allegany and Garrett Counties to take the mandatory driver's education class so that they can obtain a Maryland driver's license.

Americorps VISTA Host Site

Through the Defending Communities in Service AmeriCorps/VISTA Project of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), APDM sponsors AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers in public defender offices.

Social Worker Education Credits

APDM provides scholarships to social workers employed by the Maryland Office of the Public Defender to attend conferences and workshops to maintain their clinical license and obtain advanced certifications.

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