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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.

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 18 to 22. 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 publlic 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, Children &Adolescents, Elderly and Veterans.  Participants recieve a three-year certification in Mental Health First Aid.  For more information please contact Kate Callahan at the number below or check this website for future training dates.

For information about any of these programs or services, contact (410) 222-7858.

 

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CRISIS WARMLINE
410-768-5522
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
1-800-422-0009
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

National Suicide Prevention Hotlines

1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Student Safety Hotline
1-877-676-9854
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990
Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746

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