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Clara Baker Appointed to State Commission

October 31, 2023
Clara Baker

The Arc Central Chesapeake Region (The Arc) congratulates Clara Baker on being named a member of Maryland’s Commission on Behavioral Health Care Treatment and Access by Governor Wes Moore.

Clara receives services from The Arc Central Chesapeake Region in Caroline County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and she will serve on the Commission on Behavioral Health Care Treatment and Access for the next four years.

“We are thrilled that Clara has been recognized for her commitment and advocacy around equitable access to behavioral health for Marylanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD),” said Jonathon Rondeau, President & CEO. “I am excited to see the positive impact in our communities that will come from Clara being appointed to the board.”

People with IDD often have mental health diagnoses in addition to their disabilities, but finding supportive resources and comprehensive services can be difficult. The Arc’s Behavioral Health program seeks to bridge the gap for people with IDD seeking mental health care so they can have the holistic, trauma-informed counseling and support they deserve.

“There is so much more that needs to be done for people with IDD in our communities who are searching for behavioral health care,” said Greg Snyder, Vice President of Engagement at The Arc. “Representation is an essential starting point for making change in our communities, and I know Clara will be a part of that change on this Commission.”

Clara’s trial term began in June of 2023 and she was officially named to the Commission in October. Over the next four years, Clara will continue to pull from her expertise and lived experience as she advocates for the well-being of all Marylanders. Many congratulations to Clara on this new opportunity.

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