Advancing Behavioral Health and Wellness

BHSB advocates for policies that will improve the behavioral health and wellness of Baltimore residents.

Policy Priorities

We advocate for policies that strengthen the behavioral health system and improve access to care. Our policy priorities for 2024 and 2025 are:

  • Address Maryland’s behavioral health workforce shortage
  • Expand the peer workforce and further integrate these professionals into the system of care
  • Sustainably fund Maryland’s 988 helpline and related behavioral health crisis response services
  • Strengthen and expand quality behavioral health services for children, youth, and families
  • Establish Overdose Prevention Sites and other effective harm reduction and recovery strategies to prevent fatal overdose
  • Improve quality and accountability within the public behavioral health system

Read our full Policy Priorities for 2024-2025.

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Fund Maryland 988 Campaign

The Fund MD988 Campaign, a coalition of more than 80 stakeholders, advocates for a robust Maryland 988 helpline and crisis response system. You can learn more about the Campaign at and sign up for important email updates here.

For questions about the campaign contact

Invite your legislator to tour your program

One of the best ways to educate lawmakers about behavioral health is to have them visit your program so they can get a first-hand look at the services that you provide and people you help. For more information contact Dan Rabbitt, Policy Director at

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