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The Mission of the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency is to provide leadership and collaboration for planning, monitoring, and managing of a comprehensive, quality, person-centered, Behavioral Health continuum of care for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders that promotes prevention, recovery, resiliency, health and wellness for our residents who have, or who are at risk for, these behavioral health disorders.

AACMHA Structure

AACMHA is established by State Law (HG§10-1201-1203) and enabled by County Ordinance (Article 2, §2A-102)

The County opted for a not-for-profit management structure with a Board of Directors appointed by the County Executive and accountable to the County Council for its activities.

The establishment of AACMHA created a local single point of accountability, planning, funding, and coordination for the care of eligible residents of the County.

Functions and Special Achievements

AACMHA is established specifically to assure that persons with serious and persistent mental illness get the services they need in a coordinated manner and in a community setting.

AACMHA seized opportunities such as Federal Block Grant Funds for the most comprehensive Crisis Response System in the United States.

AACMHA closed numerous other service gaps, such as Mental Health Services in the Detention Centers.

AACMHA has increased the fiscal accountability and program outcomes to a level that allowed new service provision without additional funding in numerous cases.

AACMHA has established a comprehensive planning process that has effected changes in state level budget priorities that resulted in more responsive services at the local level.

Meeting Local Needs

AACMHA has met local needs by establishing:

1. The mental health jail project

2. The Crisis Response System

3. A Program of Assertive Community Programs (PACT) for the homeless and seriously mentally ill

4. A self help program called On Our Own

5. A rapid eligibility determination system and providing urgent care appointments

6. A Case Management Program

7. A Mentoring Program for emotionally disturbed children and their families.

8. Expanded Residential Rehabilitation Programs (Adult Supervised Living Units)

9. Co-created a Housing Development Corporation to provide independent housing opportunities for the mentally ill

10. Collaborating with other agencies to help multi-disabled children and their families get responsive care

11. Developed a way to get in-patient psychiatric care at North Arundel Hospital for uninsured people


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Suicide Prevention Resources 

Hotlines for families and youth

Call 911 for immediate assistance in any emergency

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
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
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746

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