BHSB Advocate

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 current policy priorities are:

  • Build a stable behavioral health workforce to ensure equitable and reliable access to prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation, and support services.
  • Strengthen and expand community-based behavioral health crisis services
  • Invest in co-designed mental health and support services for youth and families
  • Establish Overdose Prevention Sites and promote harm reduction strategies

Read our full Policy Priorities for 2022-2023 (Click to open PDF document)

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Keep up with our policy and advocacy efforts during the Maryland General Assembly Session.

Advocacy Alerts

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Session Summary

Read our 2023 Legislative Session Summary

Fund Maryland 988 Campaign

The Fund MD988 Campaign, a coalition of more than 70 stakeholders, advocates for additional investments in the Maryland 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline network. This year, the campaign is working to educate new lawmakers, and support SB 3/HB 271 to allocate $12 million to the 988 Trust Fund in FY25. SB 3 had a strong bill hearing on January 19 (testimony begins at the 3-hour mark) and was also spotlighted in WYPR Baltimore.

Sign on to support the campaign by endorsing the Fund Maryland 988 Campaign Resolution Click to open PDF document. You can also sign this petition Click to open external page to the campaign.

For questions about the campaign contact [email protected].


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 Stacey Jefferson, Policy Manager at [email protected] or 410-735-8578.

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