The demand for behavioral health care is steadily increasing. Decades of inadequate investment in comprehensive community behavioral health treatment and a full array of services have left communities unprepared to meet the growing behavioral health needs of Marylanders. BHSB is joining with Behavioral Health Coalition members to support the Keep the Door Open Act 2017.
The Keep the Door Open Act will increase access to behavioral health care by ensuring that community-based providers have reliable and stable support in Maryland’s budget. An investment in community behavioral health treatment will help Marylanders receive the behavioral health services that they need and divert them from costly emergency room visits, inpatient hospitalizations or jails and prisons. Increasing access to community care will help behavioral health care system and emergency rooms.