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Governor Moore Announces $13.5 Million in Grants to Improve Behavioral Health Crisis Services Across the State

Governor Wes Moore announced that the Maryland Department of Health awarded $13.5 million in grants to 19 jurisdictions across the state to help promote health equity and improve access to behavioral health crisis services for Marylanders. The grants will fund pilot programs to expand and improve mobile crisis team services and establish behavioral health crisis stabilization centers, which provide high quality, person-centered services. “When a Marylander is in crisis, they deserve our full and undivided support. And to truly meet people where they are, we can’t just think about acting quickly – we also need to think about acting effectively,” said Gov. Moore. “This funding will help ensure that we support Marylanders contending with a mental health or substance use crisis with speed, strategy, expertise, and compassion. Today, we take an important step forward in our work to build stronger, healthier communities for all.” Mobile crisis teams and behavioral health stabilization centers help reduce inappropriate visits to the emergency department and unnecessary contact with the criminal legal system. The mobile crisis teams, which include a behavioral health clinician, will visit individuals of all ages who are in crisis and will operate 24 hours a day seven days per week every day of […]

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