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


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.


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.


AACMHA has met local needs by establishing or collaborating to create:

  1. The mental health jail project
  2. The Crisis Response System
  3. A Program of Assertive Community Programs (PACT) for persons who are 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. A Housing Development Corporation to provide independent housing opportunities for persons with mental illness, which was co-created by AACMHA
  10. Expanded in-patient psychiatric care for persons with mental illness by working with both Baltimore Washington Medical Center and Anne Arundel Medical Center
  11. The Safe Stations program to help those seeking treatment for Substance Use Disorder
  12. The Segue program to help individuals transitioning from in-patient State hospitals
  13. The SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) program which is designed to increase access to eligible individuals who are at risk of homelessness who have a serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder
  14. The Jail Diversion program
  15. Expanded school-based services

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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's Crisis Line
Dial 2-1-1, Press 1
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Student Safety Hotline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Anne Arundel County Veteran's Service Phone Line
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday

National Suicide Prevention Hotlines

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Dial or Text 988 or Chat
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746

Physician Support Line
Monday – Friday: 8AM - 3AM ET
Saturday – Sunday: 8AM - 3AM ET

Veteran's Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255, Press 1, or text to 838255
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Gun Violence Intervention Team  (GVIT) Suicide Prevention Toolkit

Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Gun Violence Intervention Team (GVIT) Domestic Violence Toolkit

Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Gun Violence Intervention Team (GVIT) Responsible Gun Ownership Toolkit

Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Gun Violence Intervention Team (GVIT) Youth Gun Safety Toolkit

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