History of Therapy and Law Enforcement Services

Beginning in 1983, Dr. Michael Finegan trained with law enforcement while serving a clinical rotation at the Utah State Prison. Upon completion of a second year of training at the University of Minnesota Medical Center he graduated in 1984 with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Before moving to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1985, Dr. Finegan completed an additional year of fellowship training at the Texas Medical Center Research Institute of Mental Sciences in Houston.

Dr. Finegan’s experiences in treating trauma victims in India following the assassination of Gandhi in 1984 led to his interest in psychological trauma. Additionally, hearing the first hand accounts of United States Department Personnel dealing with the aftermath of the Beirut Marine Corp. disaster were early experiences that led Dr. Finegan toward a specialized interest in serving the organizations and individuals that protect society. Over the years he has progressively dedicated more time to serving the special needs of law enforcement.

In 1993 Dr. Finegan’s psychological and psychiatric practice developed the first formal relationship with a police department providing applicant selection services and psychological care for impaired officers. Providing Fitness for Duty services for the Maryland State Police followed. Since 2003, Dr. Finegan has served as the lead psychologist for the Maryland State Police. A critical team of 13 mental health professional experts serve in the Law Enforcement culture at stations located across the state of Maryland to provide a rapid response to Law Enforcement critical incidents.

History of Peninsula Addiction Services

Peninsula Addiction Services started in 1997 with a recognized need in the community for a solid program to meet the needs of families and people in crisis. Following the chronic disease model, we base our program on four major points:

  1. To educate as to the nature of the disease

  2. To invite and encourage the patient to take ownership in the educational knowledge of the disease and its consequences

  3. To actively participate in a Twelve-Step program as part of treatment and beyond

  4. To take personal responsibility in the recovery and abstinence from drugs or alcohol

It has always been a major emphasis of Peninsula Addiction Services for mandatory family participation in the adolescent program and strong encouragement of family participation in the adult program.