Welcome to the Maryland Department of Health's Policy and
Procedure Internet web site. This site was designed to facilitate the
access of MDH policies by staff and management. Only current,
Department-wide policies are addressed at this site. Other directives,
sometimes generically called "policies" exist at the program level, such
as at MDH facilities, and there are also other directives in the form
of guidelines, protocols, standards, manuals, etc. which may provide the
advice which you are seeking on specific issues.
MDH 02.10.03, The MDH Policy on Policies, provides the authority and specifications for the development of MDH policies. See https://health.maryland.gov/policies/021003v1.pdf
As stated in 02.10.03, a "policy" is defined as "a plan of action or
decision-making to be used by MDH employees and management when
encountering certain issues or conditions that are of such significance,
that a desired outcome has been prescribed". A "procedure" is defined
as "a step-by-step process of interactions between designated
individuals (actors), for the purpose of carrying out a MDH policy."
Quite often, MDH policies are used to implement State or Federal
mandates in order to ensure MDH compliance, and also where an issue may
span across two or more administrations.
MDH policies differ from other directives in that they:
If you have any general questions regarding policies or procedures,
please contact Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and
Policy Coordination at 410 767-6499 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464