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

Homeless ID Project

Instructions

Consent and Confidential Information 

Application 

Documentation of Homelessness


Additional 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

 

(Snow Hill, MD)- The 22nd Annual “Tortoise & Hare Dare” 5K walk/run will be held at 9 am, on Saturday, April 6, with a rain date of April 13, at Pocomoke River State Park-Shad Landing, Snow Hill, Maryland. Registration begins at 8:30 am. This is a FREE event and is Pet-Friendly and will be led by Smokey the Bear. The first 100 runners/walkers to check-in on the day of the event will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. There is no cost to take part in the Tortoise and the Hare Dare. The Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks, and Pocomoke River State Park all co-sponsor the 5k.

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department is pleased to announce new funding awarded through the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, to put into action community-based projects that support physical activity in Worcester County. This new grant funding will help WCHD create projects that line up with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Healthy People 2020 campaign.

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Worcester County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides consultation to parents, home owners, renters, landlords, medical offices, and other concerned community members on the lead poisoning, prevention, testing, and regulations. Education and case management is provide to parents with children with elevated blood lead levels. Call 410-632-1100 for more information. 


What is lead poisoning?

Lead poisoning is one of the most common environmental child health problems in the United States and effects 3 to 4 million children. Lead is especially harmful to children younger than 6, but anyone who eats, drinks, or breathes something which has too much lead can get lead poisoning. Although chipping paint and paint dust are the most common sources of lead, lead can also be found in ceramic cups and dishes, fishing sinkers, craft supplies, leaded crystal, spray paint, and even in soil and water.

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Flu season is fully underway but it's not too late to reduce your risk. Flu vaccines are still available in Worcester County and simple, everyday precautions such as washing your hands, staying home when you're sick, and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze can help stop the spread of the flu. To learn more call 410-632-1100 or click the image below to visit the CDC page on flu prevention. 

 

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Snow Hill Rotary partners with Worcester Health on prescription lockboxes; Health Department to launch new substance abuse awareness campaigns in Spring 2019


(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department and Snow Hill Rotary Club partnered in 2019 to provide free prescription lockboxes to the community. In 2018, the Rotary conducted a needs assessment to determine priorities for where to donate their resources. After having presentations from various organizations, including the Worcester County Health Department, it was determined that the opioid crisis would be a priority area and partnering with the health department to provide lock boxes was the intervention they selected. The Snow Hill Rotary Club also participated in a Naloxone training provided by the health department.

Funded by the Rotary Club, the new lockboxes encourage residents to keep their prescription medications, such as opioids, safe and secure. In addition to promoting responsible opioid storage, Worcester Health will launch several new awareness campaigns this spring focusing on Addiction in the Workplace, Naloxone training, reducing the stigma around recovery as well as promoting the State of Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law.

“I would like to thank the Snow Hill Rotary Club for partnering with the Worcester County Health Department on the lockbox initiative,” said Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for Worcester County. “This is another avenue in which to fight the ongoing opioid crisis.”

 Pictured (left to right): Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention, Worcester County Health Department, Rebecca Jones, Health Officer, Worcester County Health Department, Marty Pusey, Snow Hill Rotary Club, Chris Welch, President, Snow Hill Rotary Club.

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