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CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

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 public 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!

In partnership with Childrens Mental Health Matters, we have created a youth activity calendar for May. Every day, they will have an opportunity to explore Super Powers such as self esteem and adaptabilty along with journal prompts.

CLICK HERE to view the daily activity calendar for 2022

To view resource guides for parents, educators, providers, and youth from Children's Mental Health Matters!, CLICK HERE

 

Parent CRAFT- 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:

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

To access the course, CLICK HERE

Screen Time Vs. Lean Time

 

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids ages 8-18 now spend, on average, a whopping 7.5 hours in front of a screen for entertainment each day, 4.5 of which are spent watching TV. Over a year, that adds up to 114 full days watching a screen for fun. That’s just the time they spend in front of a screen for entertainment. It doesn’t include the time they spend on the computer at school for educational purposes or at home for homework.

The CDC recommends kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. The time kids spend watching TV, playing video games, surfing the web, is time they could be physically active. 

 

 

 

Military Child Education Coalition

The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) delivers programs, services, and professional development to meet the needs of military-connected students, parents, and professionals.

MCEC supports all military-connected children by educating, advocating, and collaborating to resolve education challenges associated with the military lifestyle.

 

 

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'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
1-877-676-9854
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

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Dial or Text 988 or Chat
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

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

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