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Contact BHSB’s Provider Relations team with any questions about BHSB or the public behavioral health system in Baltimore City at

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Get updates for behavioral health providers in Baltimore including information about funding opportunities, events and other opportunities to engage with BSHB:

Licensing and Accreditation Requirements

Community-based behavioral health programs are required to be licensed and accredited to operate in the State of Maryland. COMAR 10.63 outlines the licensing and accreditation requirements.

The following resources are available to assist providers with licensing and accreditation:

Agreement to Cooperate

All behavioral health providers must enter an Agreement to Cooperate with BHSB before applying for a license in Baltimore. The agreement to cooperate is a written agreement between the program and the local behavioral health authority regarding the coordination and cooperation of behavioral health services (COMAR Agreements are required when submitting an initial application, renewal application, or request for a change to the program license. Providers interested in entering an Agreement to Cooperate should review the following documents:

Maryland Medicaid

Optum Maryland is the Administrative Services Organization (ASO) for Maryland’s Public Behavioral Health System. The ASO pays for behavioral health services for Maryland Medicaid enrollees and people who are uninsured.

The following resources are available to assist providers with Maryland Medicaid:

If you have questions or concerns about Optum, please contact BHSB’s Provider Relations team at

Language Access

Providers must provide adequate access for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) and for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. To learn more about the regulations and to access resources to help improve language access check out our Language Access (LEP) Extended Resource Guide.

Trainings for Providers