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The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency (AACHMHA) is committed to intervening as early as possible to identify and treat developing mental health problems in children and teenagers who meet the criteria.

Many of our adult services also are available to children including the 24-hour hotline (410) 768-5522, case management, outpatient therapy, residential programs, aftercare, supported housing, urgent care centers, the mobile crisis team, transportation help and financial assistance.

For information about any of these programs or services, contact (410) 222-7858.

In addition, several programs have been developed to meet the special needs of children, adolescents and their parents including:

School-Based Mental Health Initiatives
In partnership with the county schools, AACMHA is working to develop a program that will help middle school kids with mental health issues make a smooth transition to high school.

Summer Programs
AACMHA is working closely with other county groups to develop summer recreational programs geared toward the specific needs of children with mental health problems.

Parent Education Groups
These groups are designed to help the parents of children with mental health problems provide their kids with needed support and help.

Children Under Age Six
Early intervention can play a key role preventing or reducing mental health problems in children. AACMHA has helped to start the Georgetown Project, an early intervention and assessment program for children age five and younger.

Young Adults
The transition from childhood to adulthood can be very traumatic for children with mental health problems. Targeted case management, and other services are available for children between the ages of 16 and 21 to help them through this difficult stage.

There is also a Transition Age Youth (TAY) program for people 16 to 25. This program provides special services designed on an individualized basis to assist young adults with mental health issues.

Helping Children Cope with Crises and Violence discusses the recent crisis, how to recognize stress in children, and how to cope.

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 and Children & Adolescents.  Participants recieve a three-year certification in Mental Health First Aid.  For more information please contact the Training Coordinator at the number below or check this website for future training dates.


Referral for Care Coordination for Children and Youth

COMAR 10.09.90

Mental health case management care coordination assists children and youth who are diagnosed with a serious emotional disturbance or co-occurring disorder gain access to medical, mental health, social, educational and other services needed.  These individuals must meet federal eligibility category for medical assistance.

CCO Referral Form - fillable Word version

CCO Referral Form - better for hand written submissions

Coping with Anxiety: Youth in 2020

Coping with Anxiety: Youth in 2020 was designed to provide information, insight, and resources to youth about coping with anxiety in our new environment. This discussion features various mental health professionals from the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. 

The forum will premiere on AACPS-TV on Wednesday (11/11) at 6:00 pm and rebroadcast on Wed. 11/25 at 6 pm.  AACPS-TV can be seen on Comcast HD Channel 996, FiOS/Verizon HD Channel 1961, or Broad Stripe HD Channel 496.

The forum can be viewed NOW on the AACPS You Tube Channel using this link https://youtu.be/XddxocyvddE.

May is Children's Mental Health Awareness Month!

View our weekly presentations featuring activities, suggested movies and more created for Children's Mental Health Awareness Month 2021!

Click HERE to view our presentation for week one!

Click HERE to view our presentation for week two! 

Click HERE to view our presentation for week three!

Click HERE to view our presentation for week four!

Click HERE to view our presentation for week five!

Suicide Prevention Resources 

Hotlines for families and youth

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

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

Anne Arundel County Veteran's Service Phone Line
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday

National Suicide Prevention Hotlines

1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Student Safety Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746

Physician Support Line
Monday – Friday: 8AM - 3AM ET
Saturday – Sunday: 8AM - 3AM ET

Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Gun Violence Intervention TeamĀ  (GVIT) Suicide Prevention Toolkit

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