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Anne Arundel County Free Mental Health & Substance Use Services to Veterans

Anne Arundel County veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan and their families will receive free mental health and substance use treatment.

Please contact (410) 222-0117 to locate an area clinic or health care provider in your area.

Confidential services will include assessments, inpatient and outpatient treatment and intensive case management.

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

 

Maryland's Commitment to Veterans (MCV)

What:  Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans (MCV) is a program under the Maryland Department of Health that collaborates with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs; Maryland National Guard; Maryland Defense Force.  Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans:

  • Assists veterans and their families with coordinating behavioral health services, including mental health and substance abuse services- either with the VA or Maryland’s public mental health system.
  • Facilitates and covers transportation costs to behavioral health appointments.
  • Provides information and referrals related to VA benefits, employment, education, and housing.
  • Provides outreach to educate veterans, residents, and community groups about MCV.

Who:  Veterans - an individual, male or female, with prior active duty service (other than for training), regardless of service era. 

How:  Calls are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; the caller is connected to a Regional Resource Coordinator (RRC).  When a veteran or family member is linked to an RRC, they will always speak to the same person building a relationship that creates the opportunity to link them to community resources which can best meet their needs.

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Referral Line: 1-877-770-4801

A Closer Look at PTSD Among Aging Adults

Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, can happen to people of all ages. It is especially a common issue among aging adults because they have a more likely chance to have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Examples of traumatic events that could lead to PTSD include military combat, a bad car accident, the unexpected death of a loved one, serious illness or injury to self or someone close, and sexual assault, to name a few.

This guide will account for PTSD among aging adults, veterans, and older homeless people. See what experts have to say about the subject, and learn more about the causes and symptoms of PTSD and how the condition can be treated.

Click here to read more.

Providers for Veterans

Interested in finding services for Veterans? Go to Network of Care for information on services, support, and advocacy for Veterans

VET Center

Vet Centers first opened in 1979 to provide services to Vietnam-era Veterans. Since then, Congress and the President have extended coverage to all war theater veterans providing:

  • Individual, Group Marriage/Family, Sexual Trauma/Abuse Counseling
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Referral for Tx
  • Referral/Job & VA Benefits Counseling
  • Liaison for VA Medical Center & Other Community Agencies
  • Referral for Homeless Veterans and Community Information

VET Center
100 Annapolis Street
Annapolis MD 21401
(410) 605-7826
(800) 463-6295
www.vetcenter.va.gov

VA Urgent Care Benefit

Did you know that VA now offers an Urgent Care Benefit that provides eligible Veterans with greater choice and access to timely, high-quality care in the community? Urgent care providers treat injuries and illnesses that require immediate attention, but are not life-threatening. This new benefit supplements the health care services you are currently receiving from the VA Maryland Health Care System.

To be eligible for the new Urgent Care Benefit, you must be enrolled in the VA health care system and have received care through the VA within the past 24 months.

When using the Urgent Care Benefit, you must go to an urgent care provider in VA’s network. Upon arriving, you must state they are using the VA urgent care benefit. The urgent care provider will verify your eligibility before providing care.

To find an urgent care location in VA’s contracted network, please visit https://www.va.gov/find-locations/ and search by zip code or VA facility.

PTSD Coach App

 

Developed by the U.S. Department for Veterans Affairs, PTSD Coach was designed for those who have, or may have, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This app provides you with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help you manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD. 

For more information, click HERE.

Anne Arundel County Veterans Affairs Commission Launches Veterans Service Line

 

County Executive, Veterans Affairs Commission Launch Veterans Service Phone Line

410-222-3500

 The Veterans Service Coordination Center phone line will serve as point of entry for veterans service coordination.
 
Annapolis, MD (June 1, 2021) - 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. 

“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.”

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 today at 410-222-3500. The new line will be operated by the Office of Community Engagement and Constituent Services, which will triage calls and route them to appropriate department liaisons for the Commission.  

Liaisons from the County’s Health and Human Services agencies, the Office of Transportation, and the Department of Recreation and Parks have been working with Pete Smith, Military and Veterans Liaison for the County Executive, and the Veterans Affairs Commission to launch this virtual service coordination. 

"The vet line is an additional tool to enhance the interaction veterans have when dealing with Anne Arundel County,” said Pete Smith, Military and Veterans  Liaison for the County Executive. “As a veteran and current reservist, it makes me proud to see an administration go above and beyond for those who stood the watch."

In addition to creating a centralized place for veterans in the county to seek services, the County Executive’s Office continues to build inter-agency relationships between county liaisons, community organizations, and State and Federal program representatives. The goal is to create opportunities for liaisons to build their knowledge of local, State and Federal assistance and enhance the manner in which services are wrapped around veterans with a particular need. 

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

Anne Arundel County Veteran's Service Phone Line
410-222-3500
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
1-877-676-9854
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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

Physician Support Line
1-888-409-0141
Monday – Friday: 8AM - 3AM ET
Saturday – Sunday: 8AM - 3AM ET

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