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Welcome to the Latest News page where you will find the latest news and information on the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency. This page is updated regularly, so check back often.

Crisis Response Warmline:  410-768-5522
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 

Maryland's Commitment to Veterans Movie Screening, Tuesday, June 22

On Tuesday, June 22, from 1 PM-3:30 PM, Maryland's Commitment to Veterans will present a virtual screening of The Camouflage Closet, a short documentary film about LGBT veterans, trauma, and recovery,

The film will be followed by a panel discussion and sharing of culturally responsive mental health resources including suicide prevention and LGBT Veteran Care in the community and the Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

To view the flyer for this event, CLICK HERE

To access the online registration CLICK HERE

Posted: 06/08/2021

Free Virtual Training June 18th: Co-Occurring Disorders: Self Care-the Impact of Treating Co-Occurring Disorders During a Pandemic

This free training, Co-Occurring Disorders: Self-Care, the Impact of Treating Co-occurring Disorders During a Pandemic, will be held on Zoom on June 18th, 2021 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. 3 NAADAC contact hours will be available to qualifying attendees. 

This course is appropriate for all persons who interact with patients,which may include intake staff, reception area personnel, drivers, maintenance staff,and professional staff.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

 

  • Describe the vital importance of self-care of behavioral health professionals.
  •  Explore strategies to prioritize self-care especially during a pandemic.
  •  Understand how self care mitigates the inevitable impact of providing co-occurring disorder treatment.

This training is part of an ongoing project to provide a standardized set of trainings and
supervisory supports to service providing organizations that will:

1. improve outcomes for patients who have co-occurring disorders,

2. Improve organizational outcomes, staff morale,and organizational efficiencies.

Presenter:

Anthony Estreet, PhD,LCSW-C, LCADC,
Executive Director, NextStep Treatment Center.

To view the flyer and access the registration link, CLICK HERE

For questions, please contact the Danya Institute at training@danyainstitute.org

Posted: 06/07/2021

County Executive, Veterans Affairs Commission Launch Veterans Service Phone Line

 

 

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and the Veterans Affairs Commission announces the creation of a new point of entry phone line for veterans seeking assistance from County services. The new line, part of the Veterans Service Coordination Center (VSCC) launched by the County Executive’s Office and the Veterans Affairs Commission last fall, will begin taking calls  at 410-222-3500

 
The phone line will serve as a centralized place for veterans in the county to seek services. “We need to find ways to make accessing County services straightforward for all of our veterans,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said. “Our veterans shouldn’t need to call multiple numbers to get basic information - this line will give them a one-stop-shop.”

Posted: 06/07/2021

8th Annual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling June 25th-FREE TO ATTEND

The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling will be holding the 8th annual virtual Maryland Conference on Problem Gambling on Friday, June 25th, 2021. There is no cost to attend and this will be held from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM. CEUS will be awarded.

This conference will bring together national and local experts, policy makers, community leaders and behavioral health providers to discuss the latest information, research and resources to expand our vision of understanding and addressing the impact of gambling and problem gambling on individuals, families and communities within the state of Maryland.

For more information or to register, CLICK HERE

To access a copy of the flyer for this event, CLICK HERE 

Posted: 06/02/2021

Contract Award Announcement- Mental Health Targeted Case Management for Adults

The succesful bidders for the Mental Health Targeted Case Management for Adults contract have been announced. 

The contract has been awarded to:

  • Community Residences
  • Empowering Minds Resource Center
  • Partnership Development Group
  • Vesta, Inc.

Posted: 06/02/2021

AACMHA SEEKING RFPS FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY-BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

AACMHA is seeking proposals from licensed Assisted Living Facilities (ALF), to provide an Assisted Living Behavioral Health Program (ALF-BHS), that can provide services to 4 to 6 older adults.

With the assistance of AACMHA, the Awardee will develop the program and operate a model that delivers services to 4 to 6 older adults with serious mental illness in single occupancy rooms.


AACMHA anticipates this Program will be initiated by August 1, 2021, with an expectation for the Program to be fully operational by November 1, 2021. A one-time start up award may be available; allowable expenses include staffing costs associated with startup, information technology, and staff training. Startup funds can also be used to offset the staggered admission pattern for these individuals.

AACMHA will consider proposals of ALF that have multiple locations and those with a single location. AACMHA will also consider multiple ALF proposals that may only serve 2-3 individuals in single occupancy rooms. In this instance, that budget would need to reflect the reduction in individuals served.
This is a Federal Block Grant award. This model will be used to develop a behavioral health assisted living model in other regions of the state.

PREBID CONFERENCE

A pre-bid conference will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom Video Conference. The purpose of the conference is to address questions concerning the expectations of the project. All interested parties should register with the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, Inc. by Tuesday, June 8, 2021 via email to cbednarczyk@aamentalhealth.org.

QUESTIONS

All questions should be submitted in writing via email to cbednarczyk@aamentalhealth.org by 4:00 pm on Friday, June 18, 2021. Answers to all questions that are not deemed applicable only to the requestor will be posted on the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency website at www.aamentalhealth.org within 5 business days. The statements and interpretations contained in responses to any questions, whether responded to verbally or in writing, are not binding on the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, Inc. unless it issues an amendment in writing.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION AND CLOSING DATE

The deadline for submission of proposals is 3:00 pm EST, Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, Inc. (AACMHA). Please submit (1) one hard copy and (1) one electronic copy of the Qualifications, Technical and Budget proposals. An electronic copy can be emailed or provided on a flash drive in either .doc or .pdf to cbednarczyk@aamentalhealth.org.

To view the full RFP, CLICK HERE

Posted: 06/01/2021

NAADAC's New Free Webinar Series; Advancing Awareness in LGBTQ Care

This four-part webinar series was developed by NAADAC along with their LGBTQ+ Clinical Issues Sub-Committee, and will start on Friday, June 18 at 12:00pm ET, with Part I: History of Specialized Treatment for LGTBQ+ Clients.

Each webinar in the series will take place on the third Friday of the month at noon ET, starting in June and ending in September.

While viewing the education is free, non-members must pay to receive CEs ($20 for
1.5 CEs and $25 for 2 CEs). NAADAC members earn CEs for free

To view the flyer for more details CLICK HERE

Please email NAADAC@naadac.org for any questions

 

Posted: 05/14/2021

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM)

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM).The University of Maryland School of Medicine Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling invites you to help in promoting awareness of problem gambling and taking action to foster the health and well-being of Maryland residents. 

Tuesday, March 9th is Gambling Disorder Screening Day. Click here for information to educate and support providers in screening for gambling disorders.

For more resources, click here to visit the center's website.

Posted: 03/04/2021

Updated Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency's Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was updated on March 2, 2021.

Click here for our current MOA.

Posted: 03/03/2021

Who is Providing Covid-19 Vaccines in Anne Arundel County?

Preregistration and appointment links are below:

Anne Arundel County Department of Health:
https://aacounty.org/covidvax

Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center:
https://living.aahs.org/community-vaccine-clinics/

University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center:
umbwmc.org/getthevaccine

Giant Food (Glen Burnie and Annapolis):
https://giantfood.com/pages/covid-info

For Veterans, VA Maryland Health Care System:
https://www.maryland.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp

Maryland Department of Health Vaccination Site Locator:
https://maryland.maps.arcgis.com/apps/instant/nearby/index.html?appid=0dbfb100676346ed9758be319ab3f40c&find=

Posted: 02/03/2021

AACMHA Has Updated Their Privacy Notice

Click HERE for our updated Privacy Notice.

Posted: 01/28/2021

Updated Information About the New and Extended CARES Act Programs

From the Maryland Department of Labor:

On December 27, the federal COVID-19 relief package, called the “Continued Assistance for Unemployment Workers Act” that extends the CARES Act programs and provides additional federal unemployment benefits, was signed into law. Labor has reviewed the legislation and is working with the vendor to begin programming the four new and On extended programs in the BEACON system. 

However, the department is waiting to receive complete and detailed guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor for each program before it can be implemented and paid in Maryland. States cannot move forward without this critical guidance and it is likely that guidance will be issued early in the new year. As the guidance is received, Maryland will modify the BEACON system and implement each program as quickly as possible to bring much-needed relief to eligible claimants. 

Please note that while there will be no gap in benefit eligibility because the PUA, PEUC, FPUC, and MEUC programs are retroactive to the week ending Saturday, January 2, 2021, for eligible claimants, there may be a delay in the receipt of payment. However, rest assured that eligible claimants will receive ALL benefits they are owed backdated to their earliest date of eligibility within the extended and additional programs. 

 Click here for an overview of the four programs.

Posted: 01/05/2021

AACMHA Crisis Response System featured in Brookings Institute Report

Innovative solutions to address the mental health crisis: Shifting away from police as first responders

The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency's Crisis Response System was featured in a Brookings Institute Report on innovative solutions to address mental health crisis.

Click here for the full report.

Posted: 12/01/2020

Updated Application for Licensure Under COMAR 10.63

The Maryland Behavioral Health Administration has updated the Provider Application for Licensure Under COMAR 10.63 Community-Based Behavioral Health Programs and Services.

Application for Licensure Under COMAR 10.63 Application (revised 10/2020)

For more information, visit the BHA Accreditation and Licensing Information website.

Posted: 11/06/2020

ArundelStat

Visit the OpenArundel website for current data on the Anne Arundel County Cross-Departmental COVID-19 Response.

Posted: 11/04/2020

Tips and Resources for Children and Parents During COVID-19

Tips, helpful books, activities and journal prompts for children and parents.

Click here to see the full list.

Posted: 10/29/2020

October 8 - National Depression Screening Day

Take an online depression screening.

Whether for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or depression, health screenings provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of serious illness and can reach people who might not otherwise seek professional medical advice.

Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year.[1]

Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of healthcare.

Why Screen For Depression?

  • Clinical depression is a serious medical illness.
  • Clinical depression can lead to suicide.
  • Sometimes people with depression mistakenly believe that the symptoms of depression are a "normal part of life."
  • Clinical depression affects men and women of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups.
  • Only about a third (35.3%) of those suffering from severe depression seek treatment from a mental health professional. [2]
  • Depression can co-occur and complicate other medical conditions.
  • Screenings are often the first step in getting help.

Who Should Get Screened?

People suffering from depression often experience some of these key symptoms:

  • A persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
  • Sleeping too little, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Screenings are not a professional diagnosis. Screenings point out the presence or absence of depressive symptoms and provide a referral for further evaluation if needed. You should see your doctor or a qualified mental health professional if you experience five or more of these symptoms for longer than two weeks or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily routine.

Learn More About Depression:

Depression

Life with Depression

Co-occurring Disorders and Depression

 

Sources

[1] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings, NSDUH Series H-49, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4887. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014.

[2] Pratt LA, Brody DJ. Depression in the U.S. household population, 2009–2012. NCHS data brief, no 172. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014.[2] Pratt LA, Brody DJ. Depression in the U.S. household population, 2009–2012. NCHS data brief, no 172. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014.

Posted: 10/08/2020

Anne Arundel Mental Health Task Force

The Anne Arundel Mental Health Task Force has issued their Summary Report.

Click here for the full report.

Posted: 10/08/2020

2020-2021 Behavioral Health Plan

The Maryland Behavioral Health Administration has issued their 2020-2021 Behavioral Health Plan.

Click here for the Plan Memo.

Click here for the Plan Document.

Posted: 10/06/2020

Anne Arundel County Information Resources

Crisis Response Warmline - (410) 768-5522

Network of Care - Mental Health Provider Directory for Anne Arundel County

Behavioral Health Resources Page - Anne Arundel County

Posted: 10/02/2020

Common Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Click here to view the infographic.

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
  • 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34

Crisis Response Warmline - (410) 768-5522

Posted: 10/02/2020

Optum Provider Alert - October 1, 2020

TCM III and 1915(i) Services 

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has made several changes to the 1915(i) Intensive Behavioral Health Services program and the Targeted Case Management (TCM) for Children and Youth Level III participant enrollment criteria that will go into effect October 1, 2020. These changes will affect the types of services provided by 1915(i) facilities (PT 89) as well as participant enrollment criteria for both 1915(i) and TCM Level III services. The intent of these changes is to expand access and utilization of these services to eligible individuals. 

Click here for the Provider Alert.

Posted: 10/01/2020

Letter from the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health

Click here to read the September 4, 2020 letter from the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health.

Posted: 09/15/2020

Optum Provider Alert - September 3, 2020

PRP Frequently Asked Questions and Training Opportunities

Optum Maryland and the Maryland Department of Health have developed a Frequently Asked Questions document which will serve as an ongoing resource for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) providers.

Click here for the Provider Alert.

Posted: 09/15/2020

Open Now

Posted: 07/17/2020

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM RECEIVES 2020 CIT INTERNATIONAL AWARD

It is with tremendous pride that I would like to announce that the Anne Arundel County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was selected for the 2020 CIT International Crisis Intervention Team Award.  Through the partnership and teamwork of the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency’s Crisis Response System, they are able to work collaboratively to de-escalate critical situations and identify the needs of an individual or group in crisis.   By doing so, they are able to take an unmanageable situation and bring it to a safe and favorable resolution by exhibiting extraordinary professionalism, compassion and respect. There were many outstanding nominations, but the exceptional work that this team performed throughout the year stood out above and beyond all others.  Their abilities and contributions are an important key to the success of the Crisis Response System.  The citizens of this county are fortunate to have these dedicated individuals who make this county a place where people want to live, work and play--truly the best place for all.

Congratulations to being the 2020 International CIT of the Year!  Their work is greatly respected and appreciated!

Adrienne J. Mickler, Executive Director

Posted: 07/14/2020

Bilingual SNAP Telephone Hotline

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, many individuals and families have been affected. As a result, Catholic Charities of Baltimore has launched a bilingual SNAP telephone hotline to assist with SNAP applications.

Help is available by calling the bilingual SNAP hotline at 667-600-2291 between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Benefit Counselors are also available at 667-305-6024 or 443-885-9707 to assist with additional benefits.

Pandemic EBT Frequently Asked Questions

SNAP Online FAQ

Beneficios de emergencia están disponibles

Posted: 07/09/2020

Letter from the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health

Click here to see the letter from the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health.

Posted: 07/09/2020

COVID-19 Recovery, Resurgence Readiness, and Reopening Checklist for Behavioral Health Providers

The purpose of this tool is to assist behavioral health providers in planning for safe, long-term organizational preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are universal preparedness questions that all providers should consider, however, there is not a one size fits all approach to planning for continuity of operations.

Click here for the checklist.

Posted: 06/19/2020

Behavioral Health Administration FY21 Crisis Response Programs: Request for Proposals Responses

The Maryland Behavioral Health Administration issued responses to questions on their FY 21 Crisis Response Services Request For Proposals.

Click here for more information.

Posted: 06/11/2020

Optum Provider Alert - June 5, 2020

PROVIDER ALERT

Letter from BHA Deputy Secretary

June 5, 2020

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) regularly releases updated guidance, resources and FAQs on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 
 
Today, BHA is releasing a letter from Deputy Secretary Dr. Aliya Jones to the behavioral health community summarizing the actions BHA has taken over the last month. The letter also addresses the past week’s civil unrest.
 
Read the letter from BHA Deputy Secretary Dr. Aliya Jones.
 
Updated COVID-19 resources: 

BHA will continue to update behavioral health COVID-19 related FAQs on the BHA website. Please visit frequently for the latest information. Also, please submit any COVID-19 related questions here or you can email bha.inquiries@maryland.gov.
 

Posted: 06/08/2020

FY 21 Annual Plan

Anne Arundel County Local Behavioral Health Authority

     

FY 21 Annual Plan

Posted: 06/04/2020

National Police Week

This week we honor those law enforcement officers who protect and serve the public during National Police Week, Sunday May 10 – Saturday May 16.  Our officers on the front lines are increasingly vulnerable to contracting the COVID-19 virus, yet they continue to serve all of us with dedication, honor and dignity.  These men and women are true heroes of our community and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.  Members of the community can honor Fallen Law Enforcement Officers during a Virtual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 at 8:00 pm Eastern at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memoral Fund website

Posted: 05/12/2020

Catholic Charities Expands SNAP Hotline

In the last month, as the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically slowed the U.S. economy,more than 50 0 Maryland families asked Catholic Charities for help with expenses.

In response, on April 22, Catholic Charities expanded its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, hotline to reach a wider community throughout the state, and added Spanish-language capability.

Click here for more information.

Posted: 05/12/2020

Inspector General Warns About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam

Inspector General Warns About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam

The Social Security Office of the Inspector General has received reports that Social Security beneficiaries have received letters through the U.S. Mail stating their payments will be suspended or discontinued unless they call a phone number referenced in the letter. Scammers may then mislead beneficiaries into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain regular benefit payments during this period of COVID-19 office closures.

Social Security will never:

  • Threaten you with benefit suspension, arrest, or other legal action unless you pay a fine or fee.
  • Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment.
  • Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card.
  • Demand secrecy from you in handling a Social Security-related problem.
  • Send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email.

Click here for more information.

Posted: 05/12/2020

Provider Alert - May 5, 2020

Updated COVID-19 FAQ and Resources

May 5, 2020

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) has released new and updated resources on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):

New

  • BHA created an interactive Telehealth Map outlining known behavioral health providers now offering telehealth services across the state.

Update Resources:

BHA will continue to update behavioral health COVID-19 related FAQs on the BHA website.  Please visit frequently for the latest information.  Also, please submit any COVID-19 related questions here or you can email bha.inquiries@maryland.gov.

Optum Maryland would like to reassure providers that all of our services are operating as normal during the current national response to COVID-19.  Providers can continue to contact us at 1 (800) 888-1965.  After-hours and holidays will be covered by clinical night staff for crisis and emergency services.

Thank you,

Optum Maryland Team

Posted: 05/06/2020

Oasis: The Center for Mental Health

Since 2004, Oasis has been offering a safe and supportive refuge for individuals and families seeking
relief. Our team of board-certified experts works to help every patient become a better version of
themselves. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, let Oasis: The Center for Mental Health
help you find peace. Contact us today for a free screening and to set an appointment.

Click here for more information.

Posted: 04/29/2020

County Executive Pittman Announces New Financial Protections

New eviction prevention program first of its kind in the state 

Annapolis, MD (April 15).  Today County Executive Steuart Pittman announced a new Eviction Prevention Program that will help renters struggling to pay rent or utility bills because of recent job loss or employment disruption in the wake of the COVID-19 public health crisis.  

Click here for the full news release.

Posted: 04/27/2020

Safe Stations is 3 Years Old!

April 20, 2020 marks the 3 year anniversary of the Safe Stations program!  Safe Stations has assessed 3,461 in the first 3 years of the program.  Thanks to this unique partnership, we anticipate continued success in the future.

Posted: 04/20/2020

Expanded COVID-19 Resources on Local Network of Care Website

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Network of Care team is working with our content partners to ensure that every Network of Care website provides comprehensive, continually updated resources at the local, state and national levels. Please find this content in your local Network of Care website at the red “Coronavirus (COVID-19)” bar near the top of every page.

Click here for the full press release.

Posted: 04/14/2020

Optum Provider Alert - April 3, 2020

PROVIDER ALERT:  Advice for Submitting Uninsured Requests

April 3, 2020

Optum Maryland would like to share with providers some important information on the correct way to submit Uninsured requests in order to avoid delays in processing.

Click here to view the full alert.

Posted: 04/06/2020

Resources from Anne Arundel County Police Department

Anne Arundel County Police Department compiled the following list of resources:

You Are Not Alone

Posted: 04/01/2020

Optum Provider Alert - March 27, 2020

Updated COVID-19 FAQs for Telehealth, BHA Partners, and OTPs

March 27, 2020

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) has released updated FAQs on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):

Click to view:

• FAQs on Telehealth (March 27)

• FAQs for Behavioral Health Partners (updated March 26)

• FAQs for Opioid Treatment Programs (updated March 26)

BHA will continue to update the COVID-19 related FAQs every Tuesday and Friday. Please submit your questions here or you can email bha.inquiries@maryland.gov.

Optum Maryland would like to reassure providers that all of our services are operating as normal during the current national response to COVID-19. Providers can continue to contact us at 1 (800) 888-1965. After-hours and holidays will be covered by clinical night staff for crisis and emergency services.

Thank you,

Optum Maryland Team

Posted: 03/30/2020

Telehealth Tips for Providers

Managing Suicidal Clients During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Click here for more information.

Posted: 03/30/2020

Protecting Your Mental Health During COVID-19: A Message from the Maryland EIP

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Maryland EIP and our partners are taking measures to support public health during these difficult times. We acknowledge the stress of coping with COVID-19 among providers, consumers, friends, and family. To that end, please find specific resources below on coping with COVID-19 and adjusting during this time. As a reminder, there are also helpful early psychosis resources that are available online at www.MarylandEIP.com.

General Resources and Info on Protecting Your Mental Health

  • The Mental Health Association of Maryland has compiled a list of resources to protect your wellbeing at this time (this will be updated daily).

  • The Maryland Coalition for Families has resources for recovery supports during this pandemic, including for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Gamblers Anonymous (GA) groups.

  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center also has a number of resources for coping with COVID-19.

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness has also released a comprehensive guide to answer frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between COVID-19 and mental health, in addition to an article on coping skills to use during this time.

  • For general information on COVID-19 and information on ways to protect your mental health, please visit our partner’s resource guide at the National Center for School Mental Health.

  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline also provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. More information can be found here.

    • If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.

For Providers

 Early Psychosis Resources

  • Our website now has a revamped Resource area with extensive early psychosis information for providers, consumers, family, and friends.

  • Maryland’s Behavioral Health website has 24 free modules on early psychosis for individuals interested in supporting youth/young adult mental health

Please follow us on Facebook for weekly updates and more information.

Take care,

The Maryland EIP

Posted: 03/30/2020

COVID-19 Special Guidance Reports

The Institute for Innovation & Implementation has released two Special Guidance Reports on Wraparound and FOCUS modifications to effectively support young people and families during COVID-19, while also adhering to public health and safety standards.

Posted: 03/27/2020

Optum Provider Alert - March 25, 2020

Optum has released a Provider Alert: Telephone Services Authorized During State of Emergency for Mobile Treatment and ACT Services

Click here to see the full alert.

Posted: 03/27/2020

Tips for Caregivers

Tips for Caregivers on Media Coverage of Upsetting Events

These tips include information on Understanding Media Exposure and What Parents/Caregivers Can Do to Help.  This resource has been translated into the following languages:

Posted: 03/26/2020

Order from MD Secretary of Health - March 23, 2020

There is a need for health care personnel who are in close contact with ill patients to have adequate protection.  Given the unprecedented demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), extraordinary measures to conserve PPE were issued on March 23, 2020 by the Maryland Secretary of Health Robert Neall.

Click here for the full order.

Posted: 03/25/2020

Psychological First Aid

Toolkit for Responder Self-Care/Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Responder self-care is a critical component of Psychological First Aid. Responders deploy on short notice, face terror and destruction, and work long hours. These challenges make normal mechanisms of self-care difficult to access and easy to overlook.

It is imperative for responders to tend to their physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Without adequate self-care, fatigue, adrenaline, and a desire to help can lead to ineffective, or even regrettable, decisions and practices.

Self-care includes actions taken before, during and after deployment.

Click here for more information.

Posted: 03/24/2020

Expanded Telehealth

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) released three communications with guidelines for expanded telehealth services as a result of COVID-19 during the state of emergency on March 21, 2020.

  • Telephone Services Authorized for General Health Care Services [attachment 4a]
  • Telephone Services Authorized for Behavioral Health Services [attachment 4b]
  • Telehealth Services Authorized for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs (PRP) [attachment 4c]

These documents are posted on the BHA website as well.

For questions about the information included in these guidelines, please email BHA at ivajean.smith@maryland.gov.

Posted: 03/23/2020

OFFICE CLOSED

Notice - As of March 19, 2020, Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency's main office located at 1 Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD will be closed to the public.  For assistance, please call (410) 222-7858.

As always, our Crisis Response System Warmline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (410) 768-5522.

Thank you.

Posted: 03/18/2020

Extension of Licenses

On March 5, 2020, a state of emergency and a catastrophic health emergency was proclaimed
in Maryland. Recognizing that this may impact the State’s ability to timely process renewals of
expiring permits, licenses, and registrations, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order
governing said licenses. The Executive Order extends licenses that would expire during this
period of a state of emergency.

Click here for the full memo from the Behavioral Health Administration.

Posted: 03/19/2020

FY 18 Annual Report/FY 20 Annual Plan

Click here for the FY 18 Annual Report and FY 20 Annual Plan.

Posted: 06/13/2019

Community Health Needs Assessment 2019

The 2019 Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) report about Anne Arundel County is now available.

Posted: 02/27/2019

BHA Memo Regarding AMCORR

Click here for more information.

Posted: 06/12/2019

Updated List - Health Care Enrollment Centers in Anne Arundel County

Updated list of the sites where individuals can go and receive assistance with applying for insurance (Medicaid, QHPs through Maryland Health Connection). Please reach out to Kristina Dickinson, at kristinadickinson@aacounty.org, with any questions you may have.

Click here to view the updated list.

Posted: 02/01/2019

COMAR 10.01.18 - Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Training

This chapter:

A. Prohibits inappropriate sexual behavior in covered programs; and

B. Adopts awareness and prevention training and reporting requirements regarding inappropriate sexual behavior that a covered program shall fulfill in order to be licensed by the Department or any of its Administrations, or approved by the Department or any of its Administrations to receive funding to provide services in Maryland.

For more information on this chapter of COMAR, please visit the following website:

COMAR 10.01.18

Reporting Form (MDH 4749)

Posted: 01/31/2019

Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners

Please click here for an important message from the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners regarding new requirements for Criminal History Record Checks for Renewal.

Posted: 07/02/2018

Finding Quality Treatment For Substance Use Disorders - SAMHSA

Please click here.

Posted: 02/12/2018

Public Awareness Notice About the Dangers of Fentanyl

Please click here to see the attached notice from Beacon- Fentanyl

Posted: 01/17/2018

Provider Alert- Balancing Incentive Program

Beacon Provider Alert Balancing Incentive Program DLA-20 Training and Implementation Update CLICK here.

Posted: 12/23/2016

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Anne Arundel County to Hold 8-Week Virtual Family-to Family Course

The National  Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Anne Arundel County(AACO) will be conducting a free online 8-week Family to Family Education course beginning on Wednesday, April 14th(6:30-9:00 PM ). 

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Posted: 03/26/2021

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CRISIS WARMLINE
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Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
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National Suicide Prevention Hotlines

1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Student Safety Hotline
1-877-676-9854
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Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746

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