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Salary for Maryland Deputy Health Secretary Questioned

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- A salary that could be about $465,000 a year for a new deputy health secretary in Maryland is being questioned by a leading state lawmaker.           

Del. Maggie McIntosh, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, told The Baltimore Sun that she thinks it's a fairly high salary for a state employee.           

She says she's asked staff at the agency to inquire and justify the amount.           

It's more than three times the last deputy's salary. The deputy runs the Behavioral Health Administration, which oversees psychiatric and addiction facilities and programs.           

Health department officials say they want a psychiatrist in the position, and a national shortage of psychiatrists is driving up salaries.           

Health Secretary Robert Neall says the new deputy will need to integrate the management of programs in mental health and addiction.

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