Services Funded by MHMA FY2003

The hotline covers all of Western Maryland (Garrett, Allegheny, Washington, and Frederick Counties).  This is a service that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It is staffed by paid and volunteer trained professionals.  For FY 98 it served 8962 consumers.  It is interesting to note that of those calls 5051 were calls from consumers over 18 years old.  The hotline very closely coordinates with local mental health professionals, the police, the emergency room, and other provider agencies.

Mobile Crisis Services
This program provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week staff available by phone and staff available to meet with individuals face-to-face Monday-Friday  1 PM--11 PM.  Currently mobile crisis staff meet with individuals in the Emergency Room and may assess appropriateness for a residential crisis bed and/or provide crisis intervention and information and referral to mental health services.

Emergency Service Provider Training
Provide basic mental health training for up to 75 emergency service workers.  Focus on Frederick City Police, small jurisdiction city police, State Police and Sheriff's Department.  Development of a easily accessible card listing mental health emergency service and resource numbers for police so they can give numbers to clients or families of clients that they interact with.

Jail Mental Health Program
Identification, treatment and case management services provided to individuals in the detention center who have severe and persistent mental illness, and/or are at risk of re-institutionalization (psychiatric hospitalization or re-incarceration due to a serious mental illness). 

Peer Support Services
Provides for a drop in center with a variety of socially supportive activities.  Provides community education and support.

Case Management Extenders
Funds are used to pay the wages of 3 mental health consumers to assist case managers in the provision of case management services to approximately 25 clients.

Scholarship/Leadership Development
At least 5 consumers will attend 5 major events such as the Annual Mental Hygiene Administration Conference, and the Annual On Our Own Conference, which will promote consumers abilities to participate in the development and refinement of the mental health system.

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