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Resource: Providing Culturally Competent Mental Health Care to LGBTQIA+ Youth & Young Adults

The Univeristy of Massachussetts Chan School of Medicine's Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research has released a guide, Providing Culturally Competent Mental Health Care to LGBTQIA+ Youth & Young Adults.

Many mental health care providers want to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) clients but lack the vocabulary, knowledge, and training to confidently do so. To view this guide, CLICK HERE.

Posted: 08/09/2022

Community Training: Resilience for Parents and Caregivers

Resilience for Parents and Caregivers will be presented by Ann Hoyt and Stephanie Trice at giversthe Brooklyn Park Library on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM ET.

Both are employed with the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency as licensed Clinical Social Workers with combined experience of over 25 years.

They will define “Resilience” and explore ways it is used in everyday life. They will discuss how stress affects our lives and how improving and using resilience skills can have a positive impact every day.

Attendees will be able to practice and model resilience to help care for themselves, their children, family, and friends.

Location: Brooklyn Park Library

1 East 11th Ave

Baltimore, MD 21225

(410) 222-6260

Posted: 07/29/2022

Virtual Community Conversation: Back to School with Trauma in Mind

On Monday, August 15th, the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County will be hosting a webinar from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM ET to discuss the increased trauma our children face related to the pandemic and the increase in school and community gun violence.

 Three community experts will be speaking: Catherine A. Gray, Deputy Director and Clinical Director for the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency; Lt. Steven Thomas, Anne Arundel County International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team Coordinator; and Pamela Brown, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families.

They will discuss and provide information related to trauma’s impact on children. Participants will learn how to help children return to school using a trauma-informed approach.

This event is free and open to all community members. To register, CLICK HERE

Posted: 07/27/2022

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Changes to 988 on July 16th

On Saturday, July 16th, The National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number will change to 988.

When people call, text, or chat  988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

As always, Anne Arundel County residents in crisis can call our Crisis Warmline 24/7 at 410-768-5522.

For more information about 988, CLICK HERE

Posted: 07/14/2022

NAMI Anne Arundel Family-to Family Summer Education Program

NAMI Anne Arundel will be holding a free 8-session education program for family, partners, friends, and significant others of adults living with mental illness. Sessions will be held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park on Thursday evenings from July 14th through September 1st, 2022. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, CLICK HERE

Posted: 06/15/2022

Support During a Crisis

The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health have compiled the following information and resources for addressing mental health and overall well-being of children and adults. These resources are important for both those directly impacted by a crisis (such as victims, witnesses, responders) as well as others in the community.

Crisis Support Services

  • The Anne Arundel County Crisis Response System provides crisis support services through a 24/7 local warmline (410) 768-5522.
  • The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Ongoing Mental Health Support

Mental health evaluation, treatment, and other support resources are available in our community. Visit Network of Care for a list of local providers, talk with your primary care doctor, or contact your insurance company directly for information on preferred providers and your individual plan benefits for behavioral health services. Call the Anne Arundel County Department of Health at (410) 222-0117 or the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency at (410) 222-7858 during business hours for help with connecting with local resources. For 24/7 access to resources call the Anne Arundel County Crisis Response System warmline at (410) 768-5522.

Signs & Symptoms of Distress

When a community has experienced a traumatic event or crisis, children and adults may feel significant fear, anxiety and stress. This impact may be felt by those who were directly involved in the event (such as victims, witnesses, responders) as well as others who may not have been directly involved. This response may cause physical symptoms or illness in the body, emotional distress, and/or behavioral changes. Sometimes adults or children will show symptoms right away, or sometimes it may take much longer for symptoms to appear. Being involved in a traumatic event or even hearing about it via media reports may cause people to feel distress by reminding them of past events in their lives.

Resources for Staff/Responders

Additional Resources

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help families and communities. These resources include tip sheets on:

· The Psychological Impact of the Recent Shooting

· Tips for Parents on Media Coverage

· Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting

· Talking to Children about the Shooting

· Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

· Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

· Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers

· Helping Youth After a Community Trauma: Tips for Educators

· After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal

The NCTSN also has resources on Psychological First Aid (PFA). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. Many of our materials have been translated into numerous languages, including Spanish. An online training course for PFA is available on our NCTSN Learning Center, as well as a Childhood Traumatic Grief Speaker Series. PFA Mobile is an app that can be accessed for free for Apple mobile devices.

To access these resources and others, go to

Terrorism and Violence and Traumatic Grief

Available from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University:

· Funerals and Memorials: a Part of Recovery

· Grief Leadership: Leadership in the Wake of Tragedy

· Leadership Communication: Anticipating and Responding to Stressful Events

Posted: 06/29/2018

If you have Experienced a Traumatic Event or Critical Incident...

If you have experienced a traumatic event or a critical incident (any event that causes unusually strong emotional reactions that have the potential to interfere with the ability to function normally), even though the event may be over, you may now be experiencing or may experience later, some strong emotional or physical reactions. It is very common, in fact quite normal, for people to experience emotional aftershocks when they have passed through a horrible event. Sometimes the emotional aftershocks (or stress reactions) appear immediately after the traumatic event. Sometimes they may appear a few hours or a few days later. And, in some cases, weeks or months may pass before the stress reactions appear. The signs and symptoms of a stress reaction may last a few days, a few weeks, a few months, or longer, depending on the severity of the traumatic event. The understanding and the support of loved ones usually cause the stress reactions to pass more quickly. Occasionally, the traumatic event is so painful that professional assistance may be necessary. This does not imply craziness or weakness. It simply indicates that the particular event was just too powerful for the person to manage by himself.

Here are some common signs and signals of stress reaction:


Chills, thirst, fatigue, nausea, fainting, twitches, vomiting, dizziness, weakness, chest pain, headaches, elevated BP, rapid heart rate, muscle tremors, shock symptoms, grinding of teeth, visual difficulties, profuse sweating, difficulty  breathing, etc...


Confusion, nightmares, uncertainty, hypervigilance, suspiciousness,  intrusive images, blaming someone, poor problem solving, poor abstract thinking, poor attention/ decisions, poor concentration/memory, disorientation of time, place or person, difficulty identifying objects or people, heightened or lowered alertness, increased or decreased awareness of surroundings, etc...


Fear, guilt, grief, panic, denial, anxiety, agitation, irritability, depression, intense anger, apprehension, emotional shock, emotional outbursts, feeling overwhelmed, loss of emotional control, inappropriate emotional response, etc...


Withdrawal, antisocial acts, inability to rest, intensified pacing, erratic movements, change in social activity, change in speech patterns, loss or increase of appetite, hyper alert to environment, increased alcohol consumption, change in usual communications, etc...

* Any of these symptoms may indicate the need for medical evaluation.  When in doubt, contact a physician.


• WITHIN THE FIRST 24 - 48 HOURS periods of appropriate physical exercise, alternated with relaxation will alleviate some of the physical reactions.

• Structure your time; keep busy.

• You're normal and having normal reactions; don't label yourself crazy.

• Talk to people; talk is the most healing medicine.

• Be aware of numbing the pain with overuse of drugs or alcohol, you don't need to complicate this with a substance abuse problem.

• Reach out; people do care.

• Maintain as normal a schedule as possible.

• Spend time with others.

• Help your co-workers as much as possible by sharing feelings and checking out how they are doing.

• Give yourself permission to feel rotten and share your feelings with others.

• Keep a journal; write your way through those sleepless hours.

• Do things that feel good to you.

• Realize those around you are under stress.

• Don't make any big life changes.

• Do make as many daily decisions as possible that will give you a feeling of control over your life, i.e., if someone asks you what you want to eat, answer him/her even if you're not sure.

• Get plenty of rest.

• Don't try to fight reoccurring thoughts, dreams or flashbacks- they are normal and will decrease over time and become less painful.

• Eat well-balanced and regular meals (even if you don't feel like it).


• Listen carefully.

• Spend time with the traumatized person.

• Offer your assistance and a listening ear if (s)he has not asked for help.

• Reassure him/her that he is safe.

• Help him/her with everyday tasks like cleaning, cooking, caring for the family, minding children.

• Give him/her some private time.

• Don't take his/her anger or other feelings personally.

• Don't tell him/her that he/she is "lucky it wasn't worse;" a traumatized person is not consoled by those statements. Instead, tell him/her that you are sorry such an event has occurred and you want to understand and assist him/her.

Call Anne Arundel County Crisis Response for resources at 410-768-5522

©International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. 2001 All Rights Reserved.

Posted: 07/03/2018

Anne Arundel County LBHA FY23 Annual Plan

The FY23 Annual Plan for the  Anne Arundel County Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA) has been released.

CLICK HERE to view the FY23 Anne Arundel County LBHA Annual Plan.

The Anne Arundel County Local Behavioral Health Authority LBHA) is comprised of two separate corporate bodies, the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency (AACMHA), a 501(c)3 non-profit, and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health (AACDOH), which is part of local government.

The Anne Arundel County LBHA is responsible for the development, delivery, and quality assurance of behavioral health services in Anne Arundel County.

Posted: 05/24/2022

Anne Arundel Mental Health Task Force

The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Taskforce's goal is to address the mental health needs of children and adolescents in Anne Arundel County.

Recognizing that the issues surrounding the mental health of children and the work to be done to combat those issues is bigger than any one agency, Dr. George Arlotto, Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, collaborated with County Executive Steuart Pittman on this effort.  They decided that this joint task force should be co-chaired by Ryan Voegtlin, Director of Student Services, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and Adrienne Mickler, Executive Director, Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency.  

Click here for the full Summary Report

Posted: 10/08/2020

Parent CRAFT- New Free Family Resource

Parent CRAFT is an online video course that teaches parents the skills they need to meet the risks of substance abuse. This program provides ways to address adolescent and transitional-age youth (TAY) substance abuse through highly engaging online video segments that include structured suggestions for practicing the skills.

This project is made freely available to parents in Maryland by the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, with funding from the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Components of Parent CRAFT include:

  1. Understanding teen’s triggers for use, maintaining factors, and potential negative long-term consequences.
  2. Learning communication skills for discussing concerns about teen’s drug use: use of understanding statements, accepting partial responsibility, and use of specific behavioral examples.
  3. Using positive reinforcement to influence and change behavior.
  4. Allowing for natural consequences to unfold (stopping enabling and protecting).
  5. Suggesting professional help.

To access the course, CLICK HERE

Posted: 01/26/2022

SMART Tool-Self-Assessment for Modification of Anti-Racism Tool

SMART is the first tool designed specifically to help community behavioral health organizations to assess the extent to which their organizational and clinical processes are affected by racism, and to use that information to create measurable progress in becoming anti-racist at all levels.

The tool is intended to encourage behavioral health providers to implement concrete organizational change in multiple domains, challenging community behavioral health providers to be proactively and intentionally anti- racist in their operations.

Note that although SMART was designed specifically for community behavioral health organizations, in accordance with the mission of the AACP, we expect other types of human services organizations will find the tool to be useful – in whole or in part – for helping them to become proactively and intentionally anti-racist as well.

On Tuesday, September 21st, 2021, Dr. Rachel Talley and Dr. Sosunmolu Shoyinka gave a SMART Tool presentation at the Anne Arundel County Behavioral Health Providers Symposium.

CLICK HERE to access general instructions from the American Association of Psychiatry for using the SMART tool within your organization 

Posted: 10/08/2021

Virtual School and Community Behavioral and Mental Health Resources Presentation

Adrienne Mickler and Catherine Gray, both from the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, recently held a virtual presentation with Ryan Voegtlin (Director of Student Services, Anne Arundel County Public Schools). The topic was School and Community Behavioral and Mental Health Resources. To view the recording of this presentation, CLICK HERE.

Posted: 12/23/2021

Maryland's Office of Suicide Prevention Release Youth Suicide Prevention Toolkit

During the pandemic, data has continued to show a concerning rise in youth suicide. To help make adults and professionals more aware of this growing reality, the Maryland Office of Suicide Prevention has developed a toolkit, "Keeping Our Kids Safe" to address youth suicides.  This comprehensive resource is also appropriate for teens looking to learn more about how to ask for help. 

To download the toolkit, CLICK HERE

Posted: 12/16/2021

Anne Arundel County Department of Health GVIT Releases Youth Gun Safety Toolkit

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health Gun Violence Intervention Team (GVIT) has released a Youth Gun Safety Toolkit. 

The resources on this page are intended for adolescents seeking resources and support. Parents and caregivers can also use the information in this toolkit to learn more about what they can do to make their homes and communities safer, and how to talk about gun safety with children, teens and other parents.

To access the toolkit, CLICK HERE


Posted: 11/17/2021

FY 22 Annual Plan

Anne Arundel County Local Behavioral Health Authority


FY 22 Annual Plan

Posted: 09/27/2021

Maryland Department of Health releases FAQ Document for Post Covid-19 Executive Orders

On July 1, 2021, certain executive orders issued during the State of Emergency were terminated. One of the orders was Executive Order 20-04-01-01, which expanded the use of telehealth and audio-only services. This order is replaced by the Preserve Telehealth Act (SB 3).

CLICK HERE to view a list of FAQs regarding this update.

If you have a behavioral health question related to post COVID-19 telehealth services, please contact bha.inquiries@maryland.gov with additional questions or concerns, or contact your Local Behavioral Health Authority

Posted: 08/12/2021

Updated Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency's Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was updated on March 2, 2021.

Click here for our current MOA.

Posted: 03/03/2021

Who is Providing Covid-19 Vaccines in Anne Arundel County?

Preregistration and appointment links are below:

Anne Arundel County Department of Health:

Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center:

University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center:

Giant Food (Glen Burnie and Annapolis):

For Veterans, VA Maryland Health Care System:

Maryland Department of Health Vaccination Site Locator:

Posted: 02/03/2021

AACMHA Has Updated Their Privacy Notice

Click HERE for our updated Privacy Notice.

Posted: 01/28/2021

Updated Information About the New and Extended CARES Act Programs

From the Maryland Department of Labor:

On December 27, the federal COVID-19 relief package, called the “Continued Assistance for Unemployment Workers Act” that extends the CARES Act programs and provides additional federal unemployment benefits, was signed into law. Labor has reviewed the legislation and is working with the vendor to begin programming the four new and On extended programs in the BEACON system. 

However, the department is waiting to receive complete and detailed guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor for each program before it can be implemented and paid in Maryland. States cannot move forward without this critical guidance and it is likely that guidance will be issued early in the new year. As the guidance is received, Maryland will modify the BEACON system and implement each program as quickly as possible to bring much-needed relief to eligible claimants. 

Please note that while there will be no gap in benefit eligibility because the PUA, PEUC, FPUC, and MEUC programs are retroactive to the week ending Saturday, January 2, 2021, for eligible claimants, there may be a delay in the receipt of payment. However, rest assured that eligible claimants will receive ALL benefits they are owed backdated to their earliest date of eligibility within the extended and additional programs. 

 Click here for an overview of the four programs.

Posted: 01/05/2021

AACMHA Crisis Response System featured in Brookings Institute Report

Innovative solutions to address the mental health crisis: Shifting away from police as first responders

The Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency's Crisis Response System was featured in a Brookings Institute Report on innovative solutions to address mental health crisis.

Click here for the full report.

Posted: 12/01/2020

Updated Application for Licensure Under COMAR 10.63

The Maryland Behavioral Health Administration has updated the Provider Application for Licensure Under COMAR 10.63 Community-Based Behavioral Health Programs and Services.

Application for Licensure Under COMAR 10.63 Application (revised 10/2020)

For more information, visit the BHA Accreditation and Licensing Information website.

Posted: 11/06/2020


Visit the OpenArundel website for current data on the Anne Arundel County Cross-Departmental COVID-19 Response.

Posted: 11/04/2020

Tips and Resources for Children and Parents During COVID-19

Tips, helpful books, activities and journal prompts for children and parents.

Click here to see the full list.

Posted: 10/29/2020

October 8 - National Depression Screening Day

Take an online depression screening.

Whether for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or depression, health screenings provide a quick and easy way to spot the first signs of serious illness and can reach people who might not otherwise seek professional medical advice.

Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year.[1]

Like screenings for other illnesses, depression screenings should be a routine part of healthcare.

Why Screen For Depression?

  • Clinical depression is a serious medical illness.
  • Clinical depression can lead to suicide.
  • Sometimes people with depression mistakenly believe that the symptoms of depression are a "normal part of life."
  • Clinical depression affects men and women of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups.
  • Only about a third (35.3%) of those suffering from severe depression seek treatment from a mental health professional. [2]
  • Depression can co-occur and complicate other medical conditions.
  • Screenings are often the first step in getting help.

Who Should Get Screened?

People suffering from depression often experience some of these key symptoms:

  • A persistent sad, anxious or "empty" mood
  • Sleeping too little, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Screenings are not a professional diagnosis. Screenings point out the presence or absence of depressive symptoms and provide a referral for further evaluation if needed. You should see your doctor or a qualified mental health professional if you experience five or more of these symptoms for longer than two weeks or if the symptoms are severe enough to interfere with your daily routine.

Learn More About Depression:


Life with Depression

Co-occurring Disorders and Depression



[1] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings, NSDUH Series H-49, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4887. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014.

[2] Pratt LA, Brody DJ. Depression in the U.S. household population, 2009–2012. NCHS data brief, no 172. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014.[2] Pratt LA, Brody DJ. Depression in the U.S. household population, 2009–2012. NCHS data brief, no 172. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014.

Posted: 10/08/2020

2020-2021 Behavioral Health Plan

The Maryland Behavioral Health Administration has issued their 2020-2021 Behavioral Health Plan.

Click here for the Plan Memo.

Click here for the Plan Document.

Posted: 10/06/2020

Anne Arundel County Information Resources

Crisis Response Warmline - (410) 768-5522

Network of Care - Mental Health Provider Directory for Anne Arundel County

Behavioral Health Resources Page - Anne Arundel County

Posted: 10/02/2020

Common Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Click here to view the infographic.

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
  • 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34

Crisis Response Warmline - (410) 768-5522

Posted: 10/02/2020

Optum Provider Alert - October 1, 2020

TCM III and 1915(i) Services 

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has made several changes to the 1915(i) Intensive Behavioral Health Services program and the Targeted Case Management (TCM) for Children and Youth Level III participant enrollment criteria that will go into effect October 1, 2020. These changes will affect the types of services provided by 1915(i) facilities (PT 89) as well as participant enrollment criteria for both 1915(i) and TCM Level III services. The intent of these changes is to expand access and utilization of these services to eligible individuals. 

Click here for the Provider Alert.

Posted: 10/01/2020

Letter from the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health

Click here to read the September 4, 2020 letter from the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health.

Posted: 09/15/2020

Optum Provider Alert - September 3, 2020

PRP Frequently Asked Questions and Training Opportunities

Optum Maryland and the Maryland Department of Health have developed a Frequently Asked Questions document which will serve as an ongoing resource for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) providers.

Click here for the Provider Alert.

Posted: 09/15/2020

Open Now

Posted: 07/17/2020


It is with tremendous pride that I would like to announce that the Anne Arundel County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was selected for the 2020 CIT International Crisis Intervention Team Award.  Through the partnership and teamwork of the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency’s Crisis Response System, they are able to work collaboratively to de-escalate critical situations and identify the needs of an individual or group in crisis.   By doing so, they are able to take an unmanageable situation and bring it to a safe and favorable resolution by exhibiting extraordinary professionalism, compassion and respect. There were many outstanding nominations, but the exceptional work that this team performed throughout the year stood out above and beyond all others.  Their abilities and contributions are an important key to the success of the Crisis Response System.  The citizens of this county are fortunate to have these dedicated individuals who make this county a place where people want to live, work and play--truly the best place for all.

Congratulations to being the 2020 International CIT of the Year!  Their work is greatly respected and appreciated!

Adrienne J. Mickler, Executive Director

Posted: 07/14/2020

Bilingual SNAP Telephone Hotline

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, many individuals and families have been affected. As a result, Catholic Charities of Baltimore has launched a bilingual SNAP telephone hotline to assist with SNAP applications.

Help is available by calling the bilingual SNAP hotline at 667-600-2291 between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Benefit Counselors are also available at 667-305-6024 or 443-885-9707 to assist with additional benefits.

Pandemic EBT Frequently Asked Questions


Beneficios de emergencia están disponibles

Posted: 07/09/2020

Letter from the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health

Click here to see the letter from the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health.

Posted: 07/09/2020

COVID-19 Recovery, Resurgence Readiness, and Reopening Checklist for Behavioral Health Providers

The purpose of this tool is to assist behavioral health providers in planning for safe, long-term organizational preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are universal preparedness questions that all providers should consider, however, there is not a one size fits all approach to planning for continuity of operations.

Click here for the checklist.

Posted: 06/19/2020

Behavioral Health Administration FY21 Crisis Response Programs: Request for Proposals Responses

The Maryland Behavioral Health Administration issued responses to questions on their FY 21 Crisis Response Services Request For Proposals.

Click here for more information.

Posted: 06/11/2020

Optum Provider Alert - June 5, 2020


Letter from BHA Deputy Secretary

June 5, 2020

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) regularly releases updated guidance, resources and FAQs on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 
Today, BHA is releasing a letter from Deputy Secretary Dr. Aliya Jones to the behavioral health community summarizing the actions BHA has taken over the last month. The letter also addresses the past week’s civil unrest.
Read the letter from BHA Deputy Secretary Dr. Aliya Jones.
Updated COVID-19 resources: 

BHA will continue to update behavioral health COVID-19 related FAQs on the BHA website. Please visit frequently for the latest information. Also, please submit any COVID-19 related questions here or you can email bha.inquiries@maryland.gov.

Posted: 06/08/2020

FY 21 Annual Plan

Anne Arundel County Local Behavioral Health Authority


FY 21 Annual Plan

Posted: 06/04/2020

National Police Week

This week we honor those law enforcement officers who protect and serve the public during National Police Week, Sunday May 10 – Saturday May 16.  Our officers on the front lines are increasingly vulnerable to contracting the COVID-19 virus, yet they continue to serve all of us with dedication, honor and dignity.  These men and women are true heroes of our community and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.  Members of the community can honor Fallen Law Enforcement Officers during a Virtual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 at 8:00 pm Eastern at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memoral Fund website

Posted: 05/12/2020

Catholic Charities Expands SNAP Hotline

In the last month, as the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically slowed the U.S. economy,more than 50 0 Maryland families asked Catholic Charities for help with expenses.

In response, on April 22, Catholic Charities expanded its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, hotline to reach a wider community throughout the state, and added Spanish-language capability.

Click here for more information.

Posted: 05/12/2020

Inspector General Warns About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam

Inspector General Warns About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam

The Social Security Office of the Inspector General has received reports that Social Security beneficiaries have received letters through the U.S. Mail stating their payments will be suspended or discontinued unless they call a phone number referenced in the letter. Scammers may then mislead beneficiaries into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain regular benefit payments during this period of COVID-19 office closures.

Social Security will never:

  • Threaten you with benefit suspension, arrest, or other legal action unless you pay a fine or fee.
  • Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment.
  • Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid debit card.
  • Demand secrecy from you in handling a Social Security-related problem.
  • Send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email.

Click here for more information.

Posted: 05/12/2020

Provider Alert - May 5, 2020

Updated COVID-19 FAQ and Resources

May 5, 2020

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) has released new and updated resources on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):


  • BHA created an interactive Telehealth Map outlining known behavioral health providers now offering telehealth services across the state.

Update Resources:

BHA will continue to update behavioral health COVID-19 related FAQs on the BHA website.  Please visit frequently for the latest information.  Also, please submit any COVID-19 related 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: 05/06/2020

Oasis: The Center for Mental Health

Since 2004, Oasis has been offering a safe and supportive refuge for individuals and families seeking
relief. Our team of board-certified experts works to help every patient become a better version of
themselves. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, let Oasis: The Center for Mental Health
help you find peace. Contact us today for a free screening and to set an appointment.

Click here for more information.

Posted: 04/29/2020

County Executive Pittman Announces New Financial Protections

New eviction prevention program first of its kind in the state 

Annapolis, MD (April 15).  Today County Executive Steuart Pittman announced a new Eviction Prevention Program that will help renters struggling to pay rent or utility bills because of recent job loss or employment disruption in the wake of the COVID-19 public health crisis.  

Click here for the full news release.

Posted: 04/27/2020

Safe Stations is 3 Years Old!

April 20, 2020 marks the 3 year anniversary of the Safe Stations program!  Safe Stations has assessed 3,461 in the first 3 years of the program.  Thanks to this unique partnership, we anticipate continued success in the future.

Posted: 04/20/2020

Expanded COVID-19 Resources on Local Network of Care Website

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Network of Care team is working with our content partners to ensure that every Network of Care website provides comprehensive, continually updated resources at the local, state and national levels. Please find this content in your local Network of Care website at the red “Coronavirus (COVID-19)” bar near the top of every page.

Click here for the full press release.

Posted: 04/14/2020

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


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

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Anne Arundel County to Hold 8-Week Virtual Family-to Family Course

The National  Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Anne Arundel County(AACO) will be conducting a free online 8-week Family to Family Education course beginning on Wednesday, April 14th(6:30-9:00 PM ). 

   More Information

Posted: 03/26/2021

Free Virtual Training July 30 Co-Occurring Disorders: Self Care: the Impact of Treating Co-Occurring Disorders During a Pandemic

This training is part of a series designed  to provide a standardized set of trainings and
supervisory supports to service providing organizations that will:

1. improve outcomes for patients who have co-occurring disorders

2. Improve organizational outcomes, staff morale, and organizational efficiencies.


? Describe the vital importance of self-care of behavioral health professionals.
? Explore strategies to prioritize self-care especially during a pandemic.
? Understand how self care mitigates the inevitable impact of providing co-occurring disorder treatment.


Anthony Estreet, PhD,
Executive Director, Next
Step Treatment Center

To view the registration flyer, click HERE

   More Information

Posted: 07/22/2021

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's Crisis Line
Dial 2-1-1, Press 1
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Student Safety Hotline
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

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Dial or Text 988 or Chat
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

Veteran's Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255, Press 1, or text to 838255
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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

Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Gun Violence Intervention Team (GVIT) Domestic Violence Toolkit

Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Gun Violence Intervention Team (GVIT) Responsible Gun Ownership Toolkit

Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Gun Violence Intervention Team (GVIT) Youth Gun Safety Toolkit

More Information 




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