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Community Health Resources Commission Awards BHSB Grant

Grants Awarded to Expand Access to Health Care in Underserved Commuities. BHSB is excited to have been chosen as one of the 15 grants awarded- totaling $3.4 million!  BHSB received a grant for operating costs of the Stabilization Center in Baltimore City. The center will intercept EMS calls for alcohol/substance use, divert these individuals from […]

Baltimore Health Officials Announce New Online Training for Lifesaving Medication Naloxone

Online module available at will expand access to opioid overdose reversal drug as Baltimore combats sharp increase in fentanyl-related overdose deaths Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today joined with President and CEO of Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Kathleen Westcoat, EMS Deputy Chief Mark Fletcher, and community partners to announce a new online […]

BHSB Launches Public Education Campaign to Prevent and Reduce Opioid Misuse

 “Be More in Control” educates the public and offers resources for leading healthier lives BALTIMORE, MD – Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB) today launched Be More in Control, a multi-media campaign to inform the public about the risks of misusing opioid drugs – both prescription painkillers and heroin – with a goal of reducing Baltimore’s high […]

BHSB President and CEO Kathleen Westcoat Graduates from Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland announced earlier this week that Kathleen L. Westcoat, newly appointed President and CEO for BBHS and former President and CEO of HealthCare Access Maryland, recently completed the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Leadership Maryland honored Westcoat, a resident […]

BHSB Appoints Kathleen Westcoat as New Chief Executive Officer

Former President/CEO of HealthCare Access Maryland to  Lead Baltimore’s Behavioral Health Authority BHSB announced today that Kathleen Westcoat has been appointed the new President/CEO of Baltimore’s behavioral health authority, effective December 1st. She will succeed Acting Interim CEO and Director of Information, Planning and Development Crista Taylor. Prior to her appointment, Westcoat served as President/CEO […]

Baltimore City Launches New 24-7 Help Line

Baltimore City Launches New Phone Line to Help Residents in Crisis and Those Seeking Substance Use and Mental Health Services.   Working to improve access to critically needed care, Baltimore City has launched a new, single phone number for Baltimore City residents to use for substance use and mental health crisis calls, services and treatment, […]

Mayor's Heroin Taskforce Report Released and Overdose Prevention Campaign Launched

Mayor’s Heroin Task Force Calls for Expanded Treatment Better Access to Care and New Treatment Protocols Panel also recommends public education campaign to destigmatize addiction and proposes a data system to accurately track the heroin problem The Mayor’s Heroin Prevention and Treatment Task Force today called for major improvements to the city’s drug treatment system, including moving […]

2015 National Prevention Week

  National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues.Watch SAMHSA’s prevention week video online here!   Click on the links in the upper right corner of the website to follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss anything! […]

Help For Those Impacted by Baltimore's Violence and Civil Unrest

In response to the tragic events that have struck Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen are coordinating efforts across multiple city agencies and private organizations to address the trauma that many individuals in the community are experiencing.As part of this effort, a citywide outreach effort is underway to link schools, […]

BHSB Board Chair Dr. Leana Wen responds to Governor Hogan's Heroin Taskforce Announcement

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Leana Wen, M.D. applaud Governor Larry Hogan for addressing the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland. Read Governor Hogan’s announcement here. “While this is an issue facing communities nationwide, we know that heroin use has plagued our neighborhoods across the city for years,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said.  “Heroin doesn’t […]

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