The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency (AACMHA) provides a wide range of programs and services for adults facing mental health issues. These services include:
A 24-hour Warmline
Our Warmline, (410) 768-5522, is staffed 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a week with trained counselors who can aid you in getting the help you need. If you are experiencing a crisis, call us. If you are not in a crisis, but want to learn more about our services, you also should feel free to call the warmline or AACMHA at (410) 222-7858.
If you qualify for public mental health services, you may be assigned a case manager who will work with you to determine what type of help you need and to make sure you get it.
Connect you with a therapist and/or other outpatient programs near where you live that will help you begin to cope with the mental health issues you are facing. If needed, residential or supported living care can be arranged, but whenever possible the agency tries to help people address their concerns while continuing to live.
If you are in treatment and need more support to deal with serious mental health problems, AACMHA can help place you in a residential program that can provide intensive 24-hour care.
There are also a variety of supported living programs designed to help patients transition from in-patient care to independent living.
One of the most difficult times for a person with mental health problems is the transition from an inpatient treatment facility to the community. To help ease this transition, aftercare workers are available to help children and adults who are being discharged identify and get the outpatient services they will need, including medications, appointments with therapists, etc.
Although residential care is sometimes necessary for effective treatment, the ultimate goal is for individuals to live independently. If you are living on your own, every effort will be made to provide you with access to the services you need on an outpatient basis.
If independent living is a goal, the program will help you find and use low-rent housing while continuing to get in-home mental health support. A program has also recently been established that will assist people leaving a supported living environment buy a home.
Urgent Care Centers
Urgent care centers, located in Annapolis and Glen Burnie, provide emergency mental health services for individuals facing a crisis. The centers are open days and evenings during the week and afternoons and evenings on the weekends.
Crisis Response Team
Our mobile crisis teams provide emergency services to people with mental health problems who are in crisis. The team usually assists the police in assessing the need for services. Team members are available from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Consumer Drop-In Center
The drop-in center offers activities, support groups, information and other services for people with mental health problems. The center provides an opportunity for individuals with mental health problems to test out their social skills in an unsupervised environment and to access necessary services.
Can't get to therapy or treatment programs? If you don't own a car and don't have anyone that can drive you, AACMHA will help you find another means of getting to and from therapy or treatment.
If you qualify, AACMHA can help you pay for medications and lab tests not covered under Medicaid. AACMHA also can, in some cases, provide financial assistance for transportation to and from therapy and other treatment programs.
AACMHA can connect you with state programs designed to help you overcome problems that may make it difficult for you to get or maintain a job. For information about any of these programs or services, contact AACMHA at (410) 222-7858.
Adult Services Fact Sheet
The following Fact Sheet describes the services available to vulnerable adults in Anne Arundel County. Please copy it for yourselves, share it with staff and colleagues, and also share it with clients. Serving vulnerable adults is the responsibility of multiple departments and organizations. Fact Sheet (doc, 32 KB)
Assertive Community Treatment Services (ACT) for Adults with Mental Illness in Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties
ACT REFERRAL & CONSENT FORMS (doc, 40 KB)
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is a publlic education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illness, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. The 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professonal, peer, social and self-help care. There are four areas of training: Adult, Children &Adolescents, Elderly and Veterans. Participants recieve a three-year certification in Mental Health First Aid. For more information please contact Kate Callahan at the number below or check this website for future training dates.
For more information about any of these programs or services, contact (410-222-7858).
What: An open 12 step meeting geared to individuals living with brain injury and substance abuse
Where: Mary T. of Maryland, 820 Ritchie Highway Severna Park, Md 21146
When: Wednesday evenings, 6 p.m.
For more information, call Martin (443) 756-3419 or Jennifer (443) 481-0317
MD Collaboration for Homeless Enhancement Services (CHES)
In collaboration with the Behavioral Health Administration, AACMHA is working to implement a comprehensive, two-tiered, homeless outreach initiative that combines permanent housing with coordinated and integrated evidence-based, person-centered, recovery oriented services and supports in the individual’s natural environment that are commensurate with the intensity of need and consistent with the informed choice and preferences of the individual.
Family to Family Peer Support
In partnership with Maryland Coalition of Families, AACMHA provides family peer support to families and youth with, or at risk of, behavioral health disorders. These peer support activities can be provided in a wide-ranging variety of ways, including but not limited to, one-on-one, face-to-face contacts with the family members; telephonic communications including messaging and other electronic communication vehicles conveying support for the family; attending meetings and providing training for family members as well as in support group settings and other innovative approaches to provide families with support.
Call 911 for immediate assistance in any emergency
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Anne Arundel County Public Schools Student Safety Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746