GBRICS Partnership


Transforming Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services

The Greater Baltimore Regional Integrated Crisis System (GBRICS) Partnership will invest $45 million over five years to transform behavioral health crisis response services in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County and Howard CountyGBRICS will expand the capacity of mobile crisis teams and community-based providers to reduce police interaction and overreliance on emergency departments. 

GBRICS: Woman at Desk

Overall Goal: Reduce unnecessary Emergency Department use and police interaction for people in behavioral health crisis

Create one regional hotline connected to a comprehensive call center that will use specialized technology to quickly and effectively help callers access the immediate support they need. 

Expand capacity of mobile crisis teams (non-law enforcement) so they are available 24/7 across the region. 

Expand same day virtual and walk in services to immediately address the needs of people in crisis. 

Work with communities to increase awareness and utilization of the hotline and new services. 



Who developed GBRICS?

The GBRICS Partnership was developed by a broad coalition of 17 hospitals, four local behavioral health authorities, and many behavioral health experts and community leaders across the four local jurisdictions. Here is the full list of GBRICS Partners (Click to open PDF document)

Initial investment of funding for GBRICS was made available by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission Regional Partnership Catalyst Grant Program. To see the full list of collaborators, see the full GBRICS Partnership Proposal.

Community Engagement

The Greater Baltimore Regional Integrated Crisis System (GBRICS) Partnership committed early on to meaningful community engagement to help inform system change and the design of Partnership-funded services. As a part of this commitment, the Community Engagement Committee (CEC) and Local Community Engagement (CE) Subcommittee carried out an online survey and roundtables from July 2021 to March 2022.

Results, themes and next steps influenced by more than 500 residents of the Greater Baltimore Region have been compiled into the 2021-22 Community Engagement Report.

GBRICS Council 

The GBRICS Council guides the overall strategy, implementation and sustainability of GBRICS initiatives. The Council has 21 seats, intentionally structured to include key partners.

Council Meetings

GBRICS Council meets quarterly. Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings.

2022 Meetings:

  • December 12, 5:00 p.m.

Past Meetings:

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