Advocate

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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Policy Alerts

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

Session Summary

Read our 2022 Legislative Session Summary

2022 advocacy alerts:

Fund Maryland 988 Campaign

The Fund Maryland 988 Campaign Click to open external page is working to secure dedicated funding to support the continuum of behavioral health crisis services to meet Maryland’s needs. Maryland currently does not provide 24/7 crisis services in all communities, and investments are needed to build out the 988 call centers and other crisis response services such as mobile crisis teams and crisis stabilization centers. The Campaign proposes that the state establish a dedicated 988 Fund and allocate $10 million in 2022 to make sure that the state’s 988 call centers have adequate staffing and resources to support the state’s growing service needs.

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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