Support preventive and sustainable networks for behavioral and mental health in Maryland

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pic7Over 177,000 children and adults in Maryland are dependent on the public behavioral health system.   More than 1 million inhabitants of Maryland are currently experiencing some sort of mental illness. Of the 24 counties in Maryland, there are only three counties that provide fully functional, 24 hours, 7 days a week service to their constituents.

Two key bills have been introduced in both the house and senate of the Maryland General Assembly: “Behavioral Health Community Providers – Keep the Door Open Act” and “Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Clinical Crisis Walk-In Services and Mobile Crisis Teams – Strategic Plan”.  These two bills are essential to provide a preventive and sustainable network in mental and behavioral health services for Marylanders.

“Behavioral Health Community Providers – Keep the Door Open Act” (SB497/HB595)

  • Community behavior health providers provide regular and reliable mental health and substance use treatment to Marylanders in need.
  • SB497/HB595 promotes increased access to behavioral health community providers by providing reimbursement increases for these providers.

 

“Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Clinical Crisis Walk-In Services and Mobile Crisis Teams – Strategic Plan”(SB551/HB682)

 

  • Access to crisis response services have been shown to reduce  crisis events related to mental health and substance use.  
  • SB551/HB682 promotes greater access to crisis response systems by improving walk-in and mobile crisis services.

 

 

 

The upcoming hearings in the house of delegates will provide an opportunity for caretakers, parents, children, community advocates, and organizations to rally in support of preventive and sustainable networks of services for mental and behavioral health in Maryland.  Register for the rally today!

Let your legislators know you support SB497/HB595 and SB551/HB682.   Call, write and/or e-mail.

Support preventive and sustainable networks for behavioral and mental health in Maryland n the 2016 election! Are YOU ready?

Image credits: Most of the images were created by the author.  Other pictures are courtesy of NAMI Maryland, Pinterest and Maryland Health Department.

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One Response to “Support preventive and sustainable networks for behavioral and mental health in Maryland”

  1. carneysk Says:

    I think this a great bill to promote, as mental health services are greatly needed. My only concern is that we do not have enough mental health providers to fill the need. By increasing access we may see an increase in demand for services and without an adequate number of providers patients will be unhappy with the care they receive. We need to incentivize going into the mental health profession. Either by making their pay better or providing more scholarships for counseling degrees , social work and psychiatric nurse practitioner programs. I am curious to hear from others about how they would incentivize going into the field?

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