Behavioral Health

 

Behavioral health is a state of successful functioning for all people, with productive activities, fulfilling relationships with others, the ability to adapt to change, the resiliency to cope with challenges, and freedom from illegal substances and their effects.

 

Partnership Staff Contact:

Lisa Wack
410-871-6o32
LWack@CarrollHospitalCenter.org 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resource Directory

In 2008 The Partnership produced a Substance Abuse Resource Directory, which was later expanded to include information about mental health resources. Currently, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resource Directory for Carroll County includes information on topics such as guiding principles for prevention and recovery, insurance information, listings of treatment and prevention programs, and contact information for programs that provide general support such as clothing, shelter, education, and transportation.

Representatives from several area agencies formed the committee that updated this Directory, which is in its 4th edition. Funding to produce the Directory was provided by the Bureau of Prevention, Wellness, and Recovery of the Carroll County Health Department.

Copies of the 2012-2013 edition of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resource Directory for Carroll County  can be downloaded HERE at no cost.

 

OTHER LOCAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INITIATIVES 
The initiatives below are examples of programs in our community that provide improved behavioral health services and/or resources for awareness and education.
Operation Save A Life

Operation Save a Life is an initiative created by the Bureau of Prevention, Wellness, and Recovery at the Carroll County Health Department.  Statistics have shown that in 2013, 464 Marylander’s died due to heroin related intoxication.  In the same year, an additional 316 Marylander’s died as a result of prescription opioid-related intoxication.  This initiative has been put in place to bring community awareness and to have a preventative, life-saving tool.

During this free two-hour training you will learn how to properly administer the life-saving drug, Naloxone.  When administered, Naloxone works to reverse the respiratory depression that is most often the cause of an overdose death.  One of the most important steps in this process is to call 9-1-1 for immediate medical attention prior to administering Naloxone.  The “Good Samaritan” law was put in place to protect against prosecution for both the overdose victim and those who respond to the overdose.

If you are concerned that a friend, family member, or loved one is at risk for overdosing on heroin or prescription pain medication, this life saving training course is for you.  CLICK HERE or call 410-876-4800 for more information.  Video-Icon

CLICK HERE for a video about Operation Save A Life   

 

 Coalition Against Underage Drinking

The Coalition is funded by the Bureau of Prevention, Wellness and Recovery, and the Substance Abuse Prevention Office of the Carroll County Health Department.  Its goals are to:

  • Prevent the onset and reduce the progress of underage drinking,
  • Partner with other non-profit organizations to increase awareness in our community,
  • Foster youth initiatives, parent support and community outreach.

The Carroll County Coalition Against Underage Drinking is seeking members to join our local efforts in adolescent drinking prevention.  Parents, students, educators, youth organizations, local government agencies, law enforcement, businesses, health organizations and concerned citizens are welcome to join the Coalition.   Please contact the coordinator, Carol Mullen at 410-876-4802 to get involved.  For more information, visit the Coalition web site: Carroll-Coalition.org.

Mental Health First Aid

In a collaborative partnership with Carroll Community College, the Carroll County Health Department has developed Mental Health First Aid training to be offered free of charge to community members.  Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that helps participants identify someone experiencing a mental health crisis or the early stages of a mental health disorder. The training explains the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and what type of help has been shown to be effective. Our goal is to have Carroll County recognized as a community that values Mental Health First Aid and is adequately prepared to implement it.

Dates, location and registration information for local Mental Health First Aid courses can be found under Healthy Events when available.

Partnership Awards

The Partnership annually recognizes the outstanding achievements of groups and individuals who make our community of Carroll County a healthier place to live.  If you know of person or organization deserving recognition, please consider nominating them for one of our Awards.  CLICK HERE to learn more or submit a nomination.

 

Resources for Consumers and Providers

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resource Directory for Carroll County 2012-2013

American Council for Drug Education
Carroll County Coalition Against Underage Drinking
Carroll County Youth Service Bureau, Inc.
Children’s Mental Health Matters
Directory of Community Services for Carroll County
Focus Adolescent Services
Get Connected Family Resource Center
Healthy People 2020 – Mental Health
Healthy People 2020 – Substance Abuse
Maryland Coalition for Families
Maryland Parity Project
Mental Health First Aid
On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
National Institute of Mental Health
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
Network of Care – Mental/Behavioral Health
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Villa Maria Behavioral Health Clinic

 

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