Promotes mental wellness and behavioral health with education and advocacy. No direct services are provided. Our flagship program is Mental Health First Aid, this is an 8 hour training course that teaches the signs and symptoms of a mental illness and how to offer help to someone prior to professional treatment.
Systems Planning and Management - As a core service agency, MSBH is responsible for the development and implementation of community planning, management, and accountability mechanisms for the delivery of mental health services. MSBH conducts regular public mental health systems needs assessments, and develops an annual strategic Community Mental Health Plan. MSBH works closely with Local Addictions Authorities (LAAs) who are responsible for the local substance related health service system towards integrated behavioral health systems needs assessment and strategic planning processes which seeks to develop and expand the regional system of care and its capacity to meet the needs of the mid-shore community. This cooperative data collection, analysis and planning processes allow us as local entities to self-govern, and monitor and evaluate the local public behavioral health system.
Funds Allocation and Contract Monitoring - MSBH receives funding from Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other state and national sources for services and recovery supports to meet needs identified, accomplish the goals of the strategic plan, and to serve our mission. Approximately 92% of the funding received is passed onto community providers throughout the mid-shore, and for some throughout the Eastern Shore, for programs related to mental health, substance use, peer support, crisis intervention, homelessness and affordable housing, sign language interpreters and other safety net provisions. MSBH works collaboratively with our partners, employing accountability and support mechanism to achieve success through the monitoring of contracts.
Systems Navigation - MSBH provides information and referral resources to consumers, their natural support systems, providers and community partners seeking behavioral health services and recovery supports for both mental health and substance use. Our staff offers a full continuum of support in responding to help calls, from simply providing a telephone number or basic information to problem solving complicated care need with multiple providers of services and supports. MSBH staff are there to assist with navigating a complicated system of care.
Meetings held at the Talbot Bible Church, 2nd Mondays September - May 9:30 - 11:30am
Coffee and Brunch, Speakers and Topics, Conversations, Fun Crafts, Moms' Nights Out and Playdates
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten. Services include personal visits by a certified parent educator, parent group meetings for mutual support, screenings to assess child development, and links to community resources. Parents are given information about developmental stages and how to capture teachable moments in everyday life. There is a bilingual worker that serves the Hispanic population.
Assists parents of children with disabilities by conducting regular parent education workshops, helping parents find information, providing referrals, lending materials from their library, maintaining an up-to-date list of support groups, and working with parents directly to help them obtain the best possible services for their child. Each region has a local Parent Educator contact. Each Parent Educator has a child with a disability and provides assistance to families on issues related to their child's disability, particularly about special education. Visit the website for workshop schedules and links to other resources. The staff also includes individuals who work on the Maryland Family Voices project. This project works to improve access to health care for children and youth with special health care needs. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org