Mental Health and Addiction
According to the Maryland Health Department State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) data, Harford County ranks worse than the State average for the following mental health and addiction issues:
- Suicide rate
- Drug induced death rate
- Emergency department visits for addiction related conditions.
So what are we doing Locally?
Healthy Harford and the Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC) Behavioral Health Workgroup, representing agencies from all over the county, are working to help reverse these trends. Here are some of the local programs and services aimed at making a difference in our community:
- Klein Family Harford Crisis Center 1.800.NEXT.STEP, 802 Baltimore Pike, Bel Air, MD. Mental health and addictions to anyone regardless of insurance, income, or residence.
- 24/7Mental Health Hotline for questions and referrals
- 24/7Mobile Crisis Team – mental health professionals that attend to mental health situations in the community.
- 24/7 Residential treatment
- Walk-in/Urgent Care services – 9am to 9pm
- Peer Recovery Specialists for substance use disorder/addiction
- Outpatient mental health services for ages 12 and up.
- Harford County Health Department (HCHD) – 410-877-2340. The HCHD offers Outpatient behavioral health treatment for mental health and Substance Use Disorder/Addiction. Services include:
- Medication evaluation and management
- Case Management
- Family Education and Support
- Peer Support Services
- Individual Therapy/Counseling, Family Therapy/Counseling; and Group Therapy/Counseling
- Meagan’s Place 410-612-1777, 1321 Woodbridge Station Way, Edgewood, MD (entrance around back). A trusted, safe, non-judgmental physical place for at-risk pregnant, postpartum women and their families to meet. Meagan’s place provides information, guidance, referrals, services, care coordination, and support to help build healthy families.
- Harm Reduction Services – 410-612-1779. The Harford County Health Department provides harm reduction services such as Naloxone, peer recovery specialists, medication assisted therapy, PReP HIV prevention treatment and more, to help people struggling with substance use achieve better health outcomes. Contact them at for more information.
- Office of Drug Control Policy – Located within the Harford County Government Department of Community Services, the Office of Drug Control Policy provides community education and awareness regarding addiction and substance misuse.
- Mental Health First Aid – free classes offered every month to help residents better understand mental health issues. 8 hour class. Attendees earn Mental Health First Aid Certification. See our Healthy Harford calendar for dates and locations.
- Question, Persuade, Refer – free classes to help people learn how to speak to someone that might be at risk for suicide. 1.5 hr. class. See our Calendar of events for class locations and times.
- Mental Health Practitioner Resource Guide – Reference guide for medical Practitioners for quick reference as to who has availability to see patients in need of mental health services. Contact Paula Nash LCSW-C at the Harford County Health Department firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy.
- Depression Screening for School Age Children – Outreach effort to encourage Pediatricians to screen for depression during annual school physicals
- You Are Not Alone, Suicide Prevention Signs – Suicide prevention signs are posted at key areas in the community to help spread the message that You Are Not Alone, along with resources for accessing mental health assistance. Bel Air Parking garage host such signs as well as an emergency phone.
- Friends R Family – local nonprofit working to address suicide and other mental health issues. Friends R Family has established a Suicide Prevention Club at Patterson Mill High School.
- Depression screenings at hospitals – At-risk patients are screened for depression and substance abuse at the University of Maryland Harford Memorial and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
- Rapid Referrals for Pregnant Women with Addiction Issues – Through the work of the Behavioral Health Work Group subcommittee focusing on pregnant women and substance exposed newborns (SEN), a rapid referral process between Obstetric doctors and substance abuse providers has been established to link pregnant women with addiction issues with treatment.
- Integrate Mental Health services into Primary Care – The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health and local practices are working to integrate mental health into standard primary care practices.
- Assist Addiction Recovery for Inmates – The Harford County Health Department has a Vivitrol program in the Detention Center to help addicts address their addiction before they are released.
- Decrease Opioid Deaths – The Harford County Health Department and Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy offer free on-line Nalaxone training for residents to help reduce deaths from opioid overdoses.
- Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement – The Harford County Sheriff’s Office has Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to help deputies deal with situations involving mental illness.
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