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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.


Pediatrician's Toolkit for Behavioral Health Resources

This web kit for healthcare providers contains early intervention, treatment and support tools that address methal health and substance use issues affecting children, adolescents and their families.

The Pediatrician's Toolkit is sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health.

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. Please click here for the form http://www.aamentalhealth.org/docs/CCO Referral Final.docx


Resources for Emergency Departments, Schools and Police to Improve Outcomes, Engagement and Diversion (RESPOND)

In partnership with the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, AACMHA will enhance its crisis response and stabilization system for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

Mind Resilience

The RESPOND program has also worked with the Mind Resilience project.  Mind Resilience is the website that BHA funded, and was produced by MedSchool Maryland Productions.  Click here to visit the website.  It incorporates much of the work BHA, the CSAs and community partners have done in promoting resilience and well being in Maryland for the last 10 years.  The hope is to not only have that work on one site, but to expand the reach and importantce of it to children, families, communities, people in recovery, and workforce across the lifespan.

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

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

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