HB 265: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Health Care Facilities - Abuser Registry

The Maryland Catholic Conference offers this testimony in SUPPORT of House Bill 265. The Catholic Conference represents the public-policy interests of the three (arch)dioceses serving Maryland, the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington and the Diocese of Wilmington, which together encompass over one million Marylanders.

House Bill 265 would establish a vulnerable adult abuse registry. This would allow the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to enter the names of certain individuals and information in the registry in certain circumstances. One of the Church’s primary missions is to support those most vulnerable at the beginning and end of their lives. Through our work with Catholic Charities, Little Sisters of the Poor, and our Catholic hospitals, we seek to provide high-quality, individualized care that affirms each person’s dignity, and we support any measures which seek to protect vulnerable individuals from harm and promote their general well-being.

It is for these reasons that the Maryland Catholic Conference urges a favorable report for HB 265. Thank you for your consideration.