Maryland’s Public Mental Health System (PMHS) provides inpatient and outpatient mental health services for individuals with mental illness, those with Medicaid and for others, because of the severity of their illness and their financial need, some services within the benefits package may be available. There may be a small fee or co-pay required for individuals non-eligible for Medicaid.
All services within the PMHS are provided based on eligibility and medical necessity criteria.
A toll-free number for assistance or to answer questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-888-1965.
Anyone needing immediate assistance should seek help.
Feeling overwhelmed to the point of feeling suicidal or homicidal, requires immediate attention.
If you believe you need urgent / emergency care, please contact your health practitioner, and/or seek assistance at your local emergency department.
Maryland’s Youth Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours/7 days a week to provide support, guidance and assistance. Call 1-800-422-0009.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I OR SOMEONE ELSE NEEDS HELP?
You may need help if:
- you cannot cope with daily life;
- you feel sad, stressed or worried;
- you are not sleeping or eating well;
- you want to hurt yourself or others;
- you are troubled by strange thoughts (e.g., hearing voices).
If you are not sure what to do, just call
ValueOptions at 1-800-888-1965
Crisis Response Systems are critical to addressing crisis in the community in a coherent and coordinated manner. Crisis Response systems often collaborate and partner with local law enforcement agencies to assure that those with mental illness receive appropriate levels of treatment rather than incarceration in local jails and/or prevent other negative and traumatic outcomes.
The key elements of a Crisis Response System include:
- Call Centers screen and evaluate calls related to psychiatric emergencies. Determines level of response needed, including dispatch of mobile crisis teams to community settings or hospital emergency departments.
- Mobile Crisis Teams include licensed mental health professionals available for evaluation, triage, and referral to alternative levels of care for persons in psychiatric crisis in the community or in local emergency departments, or if warranted, to facilitate inpatient admission.
- Residential Crisis Services is a residential alternative that provides support and assistance to ameliorate a psychiatric crisis in the least restrictive environment
- Urgent Care provides access within 24 hours to psychiatric evaluation and treatment services.
- Community based alternatives provide the most appropriate type and level of care for those with co-occurring illnesses (substance abuse and serious mental illness).
- Transportation provides access for individuals in psychiatric crisis to appropriate levels of care.
- Disaster response (Critical Incidence Stress Management) is linked to the county’s emergency response system for psychiatric and mental health needs of the community.
Maryland’s crisis systems consist of national and local hotline systems, crisis beds and other support systems. These systems save lives.
Crisis Response Statistics for 2007
Crisis Response Chart for 2007
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|Anne Arundel County Crisis Response System
||43 Crownsville Place|
Crownsville, MD 21061.
410-768-5522 Administrative office: 410-923-7191
|Baltimore Child & Adolescent Crisis Response System(B-CARS)
||1118 Light Street, Suite 200|
Baltimore MD 21230
|Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.(BCRI)
||5401 Loch Raven Boulevard|
Baltimore MD 21239
|Baltimore County Crisis Response System
||7939 Honeygo Boulevard, Suite 113|
White Marsh, Maryland 21236
|Harford County Crisis Response System
||42 N. Main Street, Suite 204|
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
|Howard County Crisis Response System
6700 Freetown Road
Columbia Maryland 21044
|Montgomery County Crisis Response
||1301 Piccard Drive, 1st Floor|
Rockville MD 20850
|Prince George County Crisis Response System
||4372 Lottsford Vista Road|
Lanham, MD 20706
|Worcester County Crisis Response System
||Worcester County Health Department|
P.O. Box 249
Snow Hill MD 21863
Core Service Agencies
The CSAs are the local mental health authorities responsible for planning, managing, and monitoring public mental health services at the local level. CSA exist under the authority of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and also are agents of the county government, which approve their organizational structure.
The functions of core service agencies are to plan, develop, and manage a full range of treatment and rehabilitation services for persons with serious mental illness in their jurisdiction as stipulated by the Health General Article, 10-10-1203, Annotated Code of Maryland.
Organizationally, the CSA can exist in a number of forms: as a unit of county government (e.g. health department), as a quasi-public authority, or as a private, non-profit corporation. Whatever the structure selected, the CSA is an agent of county government, and as such the County is the appropriate body to decide on the organizational structure. The model selected should emerge from a local process which involves citizens, consumers, providers, policy makers, and advocates. Those jurisdictions applying for core service agency designation must ensure that. The CSA must be governmental or not-for-profit in nature. The CSA must be able to link with other human service agencies to promote comprehensive services for individuals in MHA's priority population who have multiple human needs.
For more information about Maryland's Core Service Agencies, click HERE
Maryland Association of Core Service Agencies, Inc (MACSA) Directory
||PO Box 1745
Cumberland, Maryland 21501-1745
||1 Truman Parkway, Suite 101
PO Box 6675, MS 3230
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
||201 E. Baltimore Street, Suite 1340
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
||6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
||PO Box 980
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
|290 S. Center Street, Box 460
Westminster, Maryland 21158
||401 Bow Street
Elkton, Maryland 21921
|P.O. Box 1050, 10480 Theodore Green Blvd.
White Plains, MD 20695
||22 South Market Street Ste. 8
Frederick, Maryland 21701
||1025 Memorial Drive
Oakland, Maryland 21550-1943
||125 N. Main Street/Rear - Bel Air, 21014.
||9151 Rumsey Road, Suite 150
Columbia, MD 21045
||28578 Mary’s Court, Suite 1
Easton, Maryland 21601
||401 Hungerford Drive, First Floor
Rockville, Maryland 20850
||L. Christina Waddler
6420 Allentown Road; Camp Springs, MD 20748
||23115 Leonard Hall Drive, PO Box 653
Leonardtown, Maryland 20650
301.475.4200 ext 1680
||339 E. Antietam Street, Suite #5
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
||108 East Main Street
Salisbury, Maryland 21801
||P O Box 249
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863