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Media Contact: Clarencia J. Stephen

Published on February 11, 2008

Charles Maust, Ed.D., Appointed Executive Director of the Ridge Schools of Montgomery and Anne Arundel Counties and the Eastern Shore

Rockville, MD - Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Charles Maust as the executive director for the Ridge Schools of Montgomery and Anne Arundel Counties and the Eastern Shore. The Ridge Schools offer general and special education to more than 192 children with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities. Dr. Maust will be the educational lead for the Ridge Schools.

Dr. Maust, who joined the Ridge School of Montgomery County in 2002, previously served as the director of education of the school on Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health's Rockville campus. His new responsibilities now include educational leadership of the Ridge Schools at Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health's Anne Arundel County and Eastern Shore campuses in addition to the Montgomery County campus. All three facilities offer education to students (in grades 6 to 12) who reside in the community as well as patients from Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health's residential treatment centers.

"The Ridge School addresses a critical need in our public education system in that it offers behaviorally-challenged adolescents who struggle to perform academically in a mainstream classroom an opportunity to excel and successfully complete their secondary education in a supportive environment that combines behavioral therapy and instruction," said Sako Maki, President Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health and Adventist Behavioral Health Services. "I am confident that Dr. Maust's extensive education and expertise in meeting the educational needs of behaviorally-challenged and learning disabled children will help us better serve the adolescents in our community."

Prior to joining Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Dr. Maust was a child development specialist for grades five to 12 in Montgomery County Public Schools. In this role, he provided immediate crisis intervention for students and teachers in an inclusive Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) program. He also served in a number of roles at George Washington University, including case manager, program director and adjunct instructor. Dr. Maust holds a doctorate in special education from George Washington University where he also received a master's degree in special education focusing on students with severe emotional disturbance. He earned a bachelor of science in education from West Virginia University.

About Adventist Behavioral Health Services

Adventist Behavioral Health Services include Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health, Washington Adventist Hospital's Behavioral Health Unit and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children. The second largest provider of mental health services in Maryland, Adventist Behavioral Health Services offer a broad range of programs and treatment options for children, adolescents and seniors including acute behavioral care, outpatient chemical dependency programs, residential treatment, education programs and community-based services. Adventist Behavioral Health Services employ more than 900 people at its locations in Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties and the Eastern Shore.

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