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Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (OAYI) of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Baltimore County
The OAYI project helps to provide resources and support to court-involved youth affected by opioid use.




The OAYI team provides evidence based support as a part of the defense team throughout all stages of the legal process.  As a part of the defense team, OAYI establishes confidentiality upon the first meeting with our clients. The OAYI team completes a specialized community support plan for each client, to outline the needs of the participants and their families for them to successfully be reintegrated back into the community.

  • Screen all juvenile OPD clients for Opioid affectedness through personal or familial usage

  • Communicate with clients on a weekly basis (voluntary participation)

  • Connect clients with personalized resources and community services

  • Collaborate with attorneys to assist with juvenile cases


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OAYI Team Contact Information:

De'Ja Geter-Jackson, LMSW

Grant Coordinator

Christian Harris, LMSW

Client Service Specialist/Data Analyst

Molly Magida, MSW

Family Case Worker

Cierra Pope-Crawford, BSW

Family Case Worker

Crisis/Emergency Numbers & Resources

Police: 911

Non-Emergency: 311

Health and Human Services Information: 211

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988

Maryland Connection: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel HealthCare Access Maryland Call: 410-500-4710 or 855-288-3667 TOLL FREE   

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This project is supported by 2019-YB-FX-K001 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Program, U.S. Department of Justice.

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