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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.

 

70 Things to Do with Kids Now That We’re All Stuck at Home

70 Things to Do with Kids Now That We’re All Stuck at Home

Click here for the full list.

Posted: 04/07/2020

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

Suicide Prevention Resources 

Hotlines for families and youth

Call 911 for immediate assistance in any emergency

CRISIS WARMLINE
410-768-5522
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
1-800-422-0009
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

2-1-1 Maryland
Dial 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990
Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746

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