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May Is Mental Health Month!

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the month of May, BHSB will join forces with partner organizations across the country and here in Maryland, such as MD NAMI and MHAM, to bring awareness to mental health and fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and […]


The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for misuse of medications. BHSB has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Baltimore City Health Department and the Baltimore Police Department to increase the quantity of prescription […]

One-Question Alcohol Screen for Youth

Study supports single-question alcohol screen for adolescents. Findings also endorse use of NIAAA youth screening guide. NIH information on the one-question alcohol screen for youth for youth-serving mental health providers to promote a more streamlined behavioral health system or to help advocate for screening among medical providers in the city. Download the 2-page pocket guide here. The Alcohol […]

Maryland SBIRT: Changing the Conversation for Better Health!

New Tool to Determine if a Patient May Have  a Problem with Alcohol or Drugs! Consumers and healthcare providers have a new online resource with a rich array of information about an alcohol and drug use screening and intervention service being implemented at primary care centers in Maryland. The service, “Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to […]

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 […]

SBIRT Training for Physicians on Eastern Shore: Reducing Unhealthy Alcohol and Drug Use Among Patients

This training will introduce primary care and specialty care physicians to Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) methods for the purpose of reducing unhealthy alcohol use and drug use among patients. The training will be led by two local addiction and SBIRT experts – Christopher Welsh, MD, University of Maryland Medical Center, and […]

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 […]

Don't Let Fentanyl Kill You!

Baltimore City Sees Alarming Increase in Fentanyl OverDose Deaths In 2015, Baltimore City had an alarming increase in fentanyl-related overdose deaths. In October alone, there were 14 deaths related to fentanyl—a 133 % increase over last year. Please help us to get the word out to people in our community by sharing this flyer! Naloxone […]

Health Commissioner Wen Declares Code Blue Alert for Tuesday Night

With overnight temperatures predicted to fall into the teens with wind chill, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen today issued a Code Blue declaration for Baltimore City overnight. “I am issuing a Code Blue Declaration tonight in Baltimore and encourage residents to stay in indoors, especially those most vulnerable to cold,” said Baltimore City […]

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