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Edwin F. Singer, L.E.H.S
Health Officer

Henry G. Taylor, M.D., M.P.H Deputy Health Officer
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Carroll County Health Department - Carroll County Maryland
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ADDICTIONS SERVICES - Inpatient Services

        The Shoemaker Center is a variable length of stay residential treatment program which accepts up to thirty patients at a time, fifteen men and fifteen women. The special needs of the pregnant, post-partum patient, both medically and clinically are addressed in a therapeutic manner to enhance the emotional and physical well-being of mother and child. Special emphasis is given to gender specific problems and issues. While the patient is in treatment for addictions, they receive a medical assessment to evaluate the level of care needed. Trained medical staff are on duty twenty-four hours a day to assess and appropriately handle medical problems in an on-going manner. Shoemaker Center also provides residential services to the Homeless Project awarded to Carroll County Health Department.

        We provide an opportunity for the patients' body to become drug and alcohol free, enabling the patients to self-diagnose. This means the person will become drug and alcohol free. Then they can reflect on their past actions and events and be able to make sound decisions about their drug/alcohol problems. We understand that denial is a trademark of the addictive disorders. For this reason, patients will be accepted for treatment regardless of the factors influencing their arrival at the treatment center.

        While at Shoemaker, the patients receive counseling services, both individually and in a group setting, by counselors licensed and certified in the area of addictions. The patients learn that addictions are a "disease" and they learn what steps they need to take to start on the road to recovery. Counselors meet with patients to obtain a background on the patient's life events and addictions history. The counseling staff then uses this information to devise a mutual plan of care incorporating the areas the patient wants to work on, as well as, the areas that the treatment team feel the patient needs to concentrate on. The patients are exposed to various forms of group therapy. These include, but are not limited to, informational lectures, confrontational groups, discussion groups, and meditation and creative awareness groups.

        Upon completion of the Shoemaker Center program, all patients are encouraged to seek further treatment. It can range from halfway house placement, long term care, or outpatient therapy. The recommendations for further treatment are made by the counseling staff on an individual basis, taking into consideration the patient's physical, mental, financial, family, legal and other basic needs.

        An addiction is a family disease. Therefore, treatment will involve the individual with the drug or alcohol problem and their family members or significant others. They will be contacted by the counseling staff of the treatment center for family sessions and referrals to further family treatment.

        No persons will be discriminated against because of race, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or ability to pay. No person shall be denied service based on his or her inability to pay. All patients' fees are established on a sliding scale based on their family income level and number of dependents.

        The program also offers services to families of patients. Our catchment area includes Carroll, Frederick, Howard, and Baltimore Counties (Baltimore City is not included).

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More Information

For further information, please call 410-876-1990.

Our catchment area includes Carroll, Frederick, Howard, and Baltimore Counties (Baltimore City is not included).

Our administrative office hours are
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Shoemaker Center
Residential Treatment Services (RTS)
Located in Springfield Hospital Center
Medical Surgical Building
Sykesville, MD 21784

Bureau Chief of Addiction Treatment Services: Susan Doyle, R.N., C.A.R.N.
Residential Program Director: Cathy Baker, R.N., C.A.R.N.

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Directions to the Shoemaker Center

From Greater Baltimore Area:

  1. Take 695 (Baltimore Beltway) to Exit 16 West (I-70 to Frederick).
  2. Follow I-70 for 11.5 miles to Exit 80 North (Route 32).
  3. Follow 32 North for 4.6 miles to Raincliffe Road.
  4. Turn right at light onto Raincliffe (2nd light on Route 32).
  5. Go about .4 miles to Buttercup Road.
  6. Turn left onto Buttercup - Past Central Laundry Camp.
  7. Continue on Buttercup Road, which turns into Main Street on the hospital campus.
  8. At 4th Street stop sign, turn left.
  9. Building is located on first right. Use the doors in the middle of the building.

From Howard County:

  1. Follow 32 North until you cross I-70.
  2. Go to #3 above.

From Frederick County:

  1. Follow I-70 East to Route 32 Exit.
  2. Go to #3 above.

From Westminster Area:

  1. Take Route 97 South out of Westminster.
  2. Follow approximately 12 miles to Route 26.
  3. Take 26 towards Eldersburg - Exit on right, right at top of ramp.
  4. Go 3.5 miles on Route 26 to Route 32 South (towards Sykesville).
  5. Go 1 mile on Route 32 to Main Street (Springfield Hospital Center entrance).
  6. At 4th Street stop sign, turn right (second stop sign).
  7. Building is located on first right. Use the doors in the middle of the building.

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