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Consumer Guide: Behavioral Health Insurance

The Maryland Insurance Administration has published a Consumer Guide to Understanding Health Insurance coverage for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders This guide provides useful information on:
  • Tips for Selecting a Health Plan
  • Key Insurance Terms
  • How to Obtain Pre-Authorization
  • Knowing your Rights
  • How to file complaints and contact the Advocacy Unit
If you have insurance, you can visit the Psychology Today website to search for mental health professionals in a number of ways.  Search by support issues, type of therapist, language spoken, location and insurance support.   For example, these Montgomery County therapists accept Medicaid.

Project Director, Systems of Care


Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families
May 2017

Project Director, Full Time Position Available

The Project Director has overall responsibility for the implementation and management of “Bridges to the Future,” a SAMHSA- funded System of Care Grant to the Montgomery County Department of Behavioral Health and Crisis Services and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. This grant will further develop the system of care to include comprehensive and integrated services for transitional-age youth and young adults ages 16-21 with serious mental health challenges and who are disconnected from school or employment. For complete position description, job responsibilities and how to submit your cover letter and resume please click here.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

According to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, 20% of youth ages 13-18 live a with mental health condition, and 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% begin by age 24. In Montgomery County residents with Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse diagnoses can receive the help they need through these and other programs:

Parent Talk Kit: Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The Prevention Coalition has put together drug use and abuse prevention resource for parents, teachers, counselors and other concerned adults.  They’ve put together articles that were designed to help educate parents and other caregivers  on teen drug use and abuse and help parents & guardians prevent drug use & abuse in their children.  See their website for these and other articles:  

Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder

Although some amount of anxiety is normal, when it begins to interfere with everyday life it should be addressed and treated by a doctor. Anxiety disorder is caused by a feeling of constant, overwhelming anxiety. Panic attacks are a symptom of debilitating anxiety, and can lead to panic disorder if untreated.  Children with anxiety and panic often suffer more than adults, because they are still learning how to control their emotions. Children with anxiety or panic may struggle in school due to constant feelings of worry, apprehension, distraction, or irritability. These children may have lower grades and make fewer friends. It is important that children with such needs are given the help they need by a medical professional so that they can continue their education and experience less anxiety and panic.

Helpguide.org  provides this webpage with useful information on the various types of anxiety disorders and their symptoms, and what you can do to get relief.ety 

FYI

“‘It’s Not a Phase’ and 4 Other Things to Know about My Son’s Anxiety and Panic”  The mother of a 10 year old boy explains the challenges that accompany parenting a child with Anxiety and Panic disorders. 

Visit www.helpguide.org to learn more about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of anxiety disorders and panic disorders

Choosing an Alcohol Treatment Program

Recovering from an alcohol addiction can be difficult, but remission is possible with the right treatment program. Choosing the best program to suit your needs is critical to a full recovery. There are many different alcohol treatment programs offered in Montgomery County. Helpguide.org publishes this webpage that describes  the types of alcohol treatment programs and how to find an alcohol treatment program in the U.S.

The Department of Health and Human Services Screening and Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents (SASCA) Service assesses individual needs and provides information about potential treatment options.

Adventist Health Care Behavioral Health and Wellness Services offers both an Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency. These programs offer specialized treatment based around a 12-step program to recovery. Individual sessions are included in the program to increase motivation and provide for each participants specific needs.

Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center offers both outpatient and inpatient programs for those recovering from alcohol abuse and addiction.

Choosing a Drug Treatment Program

The process of overcoming a substance addiction is difficult, but not impossible. Each person requires a slightly different treatment plan in order to fully recover and get back to living a healthy life. There are many resources available to find the best drug treatment program for your needs or the needs of your loved one  Helpguide.org publishes this webpage with useful information on they types of programs available, and tips on how to choose an appropriate program.

The Department of Health and Human Services Screening and Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents (SASCA) Service assesses individual needs and provides information about potential treatment options.

Adventist Health Care Behavioral Health and Wellness Services offers both an Adult and Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency. These programs offer specialized treatment based around a 12-step program to recovery. Individual sessions are included in the program to increase motivation and provide for each participants specific needs.

Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center offers both outpatient and inpatient programs for those recovering from substance abuse and addiction.

Addictions and Recovery from Helpguide.org

Getting caught in the addiction cycle can make recovery seem impossible. But with the right treatment, support, and lifestyle changes, it is possible to get back on track. Taking the initiative to make a change is the first step of addiction recovery. Many different treatment options are available and each person may need a different treatment plan. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress and deal with cravings will take time, but will tremendously help with the recovery process. Friends and family are great sources of support, and support groups with other recovering addicts are easily accessible. read more on helpguide.org

FYI: Programs in our Community

Adult Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency: Provides assistance in transitioning back to everyday life to those recovering from alcohol and/or drug addictions.

Avery Road Treatment Center: Provides outpatient care and detoxification for adults overcoming addiction.

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Screening and Referral: Provides assessment, screening, and referral to low-income individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse.

Many Voices Smart Choices: A community-wide alliance looking to reduce substance abuse in youth by promoting and providing recovery and prevention services.

Suicide Prevention: How to Help Someone who is Suicidal from Helpguide.org

A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted. Most people who commit suicide don’t want to die—they just want to stop hurting. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, you might be afraid to bring up the subject. But talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.  read more on helpguide.org

If you are worried that someone you know is going to attempt suicide, call 911.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

There are also many resources available in Montgomery County for those that are experiencing suicidal thoughts or tendencies.

Community Crisis Services: If you or a loved one are having suicidal thoughts, Community Crisis Services provides a suicide hotline at 301-864-7130.

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline: For adolescents and children that feel they have nowhere else to turn, the Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline provides confidential help from hotline specialists. Call  1-800-422-0009.

Stress Management from Helpguide.org

Stress is not always a bad thing, but when it becomes too much to handle, it can overtake every aspect of life.  Learning how to reduce, manage, and cope with stress is critical for maintaining a calm, healthy perspective during stressful situations. Regular social engagement and physical activity are key to minimizing stress. Additionally, adapting to stressors, avoiding unnecessary stress, altering the situation, accepting things that can’t change, and making time for fun and relaxation are helpful stress management strategies.  read more on helpguide.org FYI: Programs in our Community

Aspire Counseling: Individuals, couples, families, and group therapy sessions are offered to help cope with family or workplace difficulties as well as medical and mental health conditions.

Adult Education at A Wider Circle: Stress Management classes provide tools and knowledge to adults looking to cope with and relieve stress.

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