Worcester County Local Behavioral Health Authority

Local Behavioral Health Authority are the local mental health entities responsible for planning, managing, and monitoring public mental health services at the local level. They exist under the authority of the Secretary of the Department of Health and also are agents of the county government, which approve their organizational structure.

The functions of core service agencies are to plan, develop, and manage a full range of treatment and rehabilitation services for persons with serious mental illness in their jurisdiction as stipulated by the Health General Article, 10-10-1203, Annotated Code of Maryland.

 


Programs


Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

 


Purpose

Provide leadership and accountability in Worcester County for the establishment of a diverse, comprehensive and accessible array of quality mental health services responsive to the needs and desires of citizens with mental illness, their families and service providers.  Identify trends and service needs and to promote prevention, outreach, education, referral, advocacy and service delivery through collaboration with the community.
 


Mission


The mission of the Worcester County Local Behavioral Health Authority is to ensure that people of all ages experiencing mental illness can better manage their illness; achieve their personal goals; and live, work, and participate in their community.

 

Vision

To have a comprehensive, effective and responsive service delivery system that assists consumers in achieving optimum wellness and recovery. 


Shared Values

The Worcester County LBHA is committed to take actions consistent with the following fundamental values of the Mental Hygiene Administration and the Public Mental Health System:

  1. Basic Personal Rights: Consumers have the right to choice, to retain the fullest possible control over their own lives, and to have opportunities to be involved in their communities.

  2. Responsive System: The Public Mental Health System must be responsive to the people it serves, coherently organized, and accessible to those individuals needing mental health care.

  3. Empowerment: Consumers and families will be involved in decision-making processes, individually at the treatment level and collectively in the planning and operational aspects of the mental health system.

  4. Family and Community Support: We must provide families with the assistance they need in order to maintain or enhance the support they give to their family members.

  5. Least Restrictive Setting: An array of services will be available throughout the state to meet a variety of consumer needs. These services should be provided in the least restrictive, most normative, and most appropriate setting.

  6. Working Collaboratively: Collaborations with other agencies at the state and local level will be fostered so support to consumers is inclusive of all activities of life.

  7. Effective Management and Accountability: Accountability is essential to consistently provide an acceptable level of mental health services. Essential management functions include monitoring and self-evaluation, responding rapidly to identified weaknesses in the system, adapting to changing needs, and improving technology.

  8. Local Governance: Local management of resources will improve continuity of care, provide needed services in a timely manner, and improve the congruence of services and resources with needs, and increase economic efficiency due to the closer proximity of the service delivery level.

  9. Staff Resources: The presence of a competent and committed staff is essential for the provision of an acceptable level of mental health services.

  10. Community Education: Early identification and prevention activities for risk groups of all ages, public education, and efforts that support families and communities must be incorporated into our service system. Increased acceptance and support for mental health services comes from increased awareness and understanding of psychiatric disorders and treatment options. 

 

 



LBHA Contracts

The LBHA is not a service provider but contracts for services with various providers in the area. Funds primarily come from MHA, but can be obtained through other grants or federal block grants.

Additional Responsibilities

The LBHA manages Shelter plus Care and Projects in Assisting with Transitioning from Homelessness (PATH). Both are federally funded programs targeting the homeless. Additionally, the LBHA manages a fund of money provided by MHA which can pay for goods/services for a person in the public mental health system.  These goods/services should help the individual remain stable in the community.

Permanent Supportive Housing Program Forms

Forms for Permanent Supportive Housing Programs in HALS CoC

Forms

Application and Instructions for Residential Rehabilitation Services

Request for Reimbursement for Non-Medicaid Services


RRP DSM-5 Priority Population-Substance Use Disorder List

RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM DISPOSITION FORM

Request for Laboratory Services
Request for Financial Assistance to Purchase Medication
Request for Financial Assistance to Pay for Rent/Utilities
Request for Financial Assistance to Pay for Transportation

Projects for Assistance in Transitioning from Homelessness (PATH) Intake Form
Projects for Assistance in Transitioning from Homelessness (PATH) Outreach Form

Adult Mental Health Case Management Referral Form
Youth Mental Health Case Management Referral Form

Youth Care Coordination Referral
 

 

Substance Abuse Help

 

Zika Information

 

Rabies Information


     

WCHD News

Fall into fitness this October and participate in the 6th Annual Making Strides for Awareness Fun Walk to be held at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3 at Byrd Park in Snow Hill, Market Street. This is a free event co-sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department and the Town of Snow Hill. The first 50 registrants will receive a HOPE stadium cup. Registration begins at 5pm. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a ½ mile, 1-mile, or 2-mile walk.

Click the image below to register for this free event. 

Public Health Officials Offer Food Safety Tips in Preparation of Potential Power Outages and Flooding Due to Hurricane Florence

(Salisbury, MD) - As Hurricane Florence begins to make way across the Eastern seaboard, health officials of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties recommend the following food safety tips for residents to help them prepare now, should local power outages or flooding occur.

• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. For more information on generator safety, visit here.

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Celebrate life and help raise awareness about suicide prevention on the Boardwalk this September with the Out of the Darkness Community Walk. On Saturday, September 22, hundreds of walkers from Maryland and across the country will gather in Ocean City to memorialize the victims of suicide, offer support to friends and family, and to raise funds for suicide awareness and mental health first aid through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This year, the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) will also host the second annual “Celebration of Life” event the night before the walk, to memorialize friends and family lost to suicide.                                                                                                                                                      

Walk Date: 09/22/2018
Walk Location: Caroline Street and Ocean City Boardwalk - Ocean City, MD
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

Click the image below to learn more or call 410-632-3366

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Residents who may have had contact should call the health department immediately


Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department confirms that a kitten has tested positive for rabies on August 29, 2018 on Snow Hill Rd (Rt. 12) north of Girdletree. The kitten was a female gray, black and tan striped tabby that was roughly eight-weeks-old. Residents of the property near where the kitten was found did not own the animal and the owners are unknown at this time.

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Ocean City, MD- Take a deep breath, Worcester County; this month Maryland celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act. Maryland’s Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and clubs, to preserve and improve the health, comfort, and environment of residents by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.

For more information on the Clean Indoor Air Act, click here

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