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)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

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Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car. Read more ...

    Health Department emphasizes the importance of rabies prevention and safety

    Snow Hill, MD- The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed eight rabies cases locally since the beginning of 2019, emphasizing the importance of rabies awareness and proper pet vaccination. The latest confirmed positive rabies case was a groundhog found on Manklin Creek Rd in the Ocean Pines area on July 3.

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    Men's Health Month

    The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

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    Summer Wellness Camp

    The Worcester County Health Department will host a free, week-long health and wellness camp for youth age 12-17 this summer. From June 17-21, campers will learn about the importance of health, fitness, setting personal goals and much more. The summer camp is part of Worcester Health’s Promoting Health Among Teens program and will feature guest speakers, snacks and lunch, learning activities and field trips to locations around Worcester including the Jolly Roger amusement park in Ocean City.

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 Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program