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Job Vacancies

The Howard County Mental Health Authority (HCMHA) is seeking:

  •  Social Media/Outreach Consultant.   The person we seek would guide our administrative staff in developing a Social Media/Outreach Plan for the Howard County Mental Health Authority.  We want to build a Social Media/Outreach Plan around our recently completed FY 18-22 Strategic Plan which highlights improved public awareness/outreach/education related to local behavioral health services. We are looking for the Social Media/Outreach Plan to be developed by June 30, 2017 with the possibility of additional funding in FY 18 to operationalize the plan.If this is something in which you are interested, consistent with our board’s application process, I invite you to send an email of interest and resume by May 29, 2017 by 5 pm to Ms. Christine Schaffer (cschaffer@hcmha.org).
  • Two full time regional Older Adult Behavioral Health PASRR Specialist positions.  One will serve the Central Region which includes the following Counties: Cecil, Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, and Howard. The other will serve the Southern Region which includes the following Counties: Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and Saint Mary’s.  Experience/Education Requirements for the Regional Long Term Services and Supports Behavioral Health Specialists are: having clinical skills and expertise specific to older adult behavioral health issues as well as a good understanding of both the public behavioral health system and Maryland’s long term services and supports. The Specialist must demonstrate a commitment to integrated care with good relationship building and community networking skills.  A minimum of a Master Degree in Psychiatric and/or Geriatric Nursing, Clinical Social Work , Counseling, or Psychology. Years of experience may be considered as an alternative to educational requirements. Maryland state professional license required.  For more information, click here.
  • Two full time Brain Injury (BI) Waiver Case Managers.  The BI Waiver Case Manager will assist Brain Injury waiver participants with the development of waiver plans of service, monitoring waiver services, monitoring the health and welfare of waiver participants, and assisting with the development and implementation of a quality management program.  For more information click here.

Please help us to welcome Sabrina Harris to the Howard County Mental Health Authority she has accepted the position as our new Psychogeriatric Coordinator.  Sabrina is currently an Assistant Professor at Coppin State University where she teaches Statistics for Behavior Sciences and Rehabilitation Services courses.  Sabrina has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and has worked as an Administrator for an Adult Care Home.  Sabrina has her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling Education from the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.  In addition to Sabrina’s impressive professional background, she has a passion for working with older adults with mental health needs.  Sabrina will begin training with our current Psychogeriatric Coordinator, Marsha Ansel, during the month of June and will start her regular hours in July.  We are very excited to have Sabrina join our team


Request for Proposals – School Based Behavioral Health

Howard County Health Department (HCHD) seeks to provide funding for school based behavioral health (CP-SBH) to students attending Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) beginning August 2017 through June 2018.  Funding will be used to support 1 to 2 Howard County community behavioral health providers (CBHP). CBHPs will provide behavioral health services in elementary, middle or high school. Funding will only be available for the project period, August 2017 to June 2018.

To download the RFP click here.  For FAQs regarding the RFP click here.


MHAMD Friends and Supporters –

It is with great pleasure that MHAMD reports that the Maryland General Assembly just passed the HOPE Act of 2017! This comprehensive behavioral health measure includes provisions on everything from crisis treatment centers and hotlines to hospital discharge procedures and treatment in jails and prisons. It also includes Keep the Door Open Act provisions to properly resource our community mental health and substance use disorder providers!

This is a huge victory for the behavioral health community, and we couldn’t have done it without you. To those of you that joined us for our rally, testified at a hearing, called and emailed your legislators or otherwise spoke up in support of the 1 in 4 Marylanders living with a mental health or substance use disorder – THANK YOU!!! This bill is a testament to what we can accomplish when we work together.

The Maryland General Assembly adjourns at midnight tonight. Be on the lookout tomorrow for our session wrap-up and final bill list for a detailed account of all budgetary and policy outcomes.


HCMHA Newsletter

The Executive Director is pleased to present HCMHA’s  “On-Line Newsletter”. Click here to view the May edition.


HCMHA has a New Consultant to Improve Privately Insured Access to Mental Health

Please help us to welcome Terrye Mowatt, M.D., our new Privately Insured Access to Mental Health Consultant.  Dr. Mowatt is a practicing Psychiatrist in Howard County and is excited to help the Howard County Mental Health Authority to improve access to mental health care especially to address the need for psychiatric care.  Dr. Mowatt has an impressive professional background.  She is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.  In addition to her private practice in Columbia, Maryland (from 2007-Present), Dr. Mowatt is a Psychiatrist Consultant at Johns Hopkins (2006-Present).  Dr. Mowatt completed her residency at the National Capital Military Psychiatry Residency Program in Bethesda, Maryland (1998).  Her internship was at Georgetown University Medical Center (1995).  Dr. Mowatt has her M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine (1993).  She is a Member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the Maryland Psychiatric Association, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  If you would like to know more or assist with our Privately Insured Access to Mental Health Initiative, please call the HCMHA’s main phone number at (410) 313-7350.


Behavioral Health System Development Initiative

Learning Collaborative

The System Development Initiative is designed to foster the knowledge and skill development of current and potential mangers of behavioral health programs in Howard County.  The mechanism for this development is based on participation in a Learning Collaborative which will address existing challenges in the behavioral health field.  Participants in the Learning Collaborative will be expected to actively engage in the learning process and to plan and execute individual quality improvement initiatives at their respective agencies.

It is expected that the Learning Collaborative will meet for approximately 2.5 hours monthly for 8 months and will be composed of 10-12 participants. Up to 24 CEUs will be awarded to each participant for time spent in the Learning Collaborative session and on homework.

Objective:  To improve the clinical outcomes of programs, services, and individuals receiving services by enhancing networks of care based on client needs as well as agencies’ missions and needs.

 Focus: Determination of the network components to be addressed; collection of baseline data; development of quality improvement project; and evaluation of results.

 Targeted Participants:  Individuals responsible for program services.

 Examples of Quality Improvement Initiatives:

  • Development of “healthy living” group as service offering in OMHC.
  • Transition organization into person-centered culture within all operations.
  • Expand service agreements with external organizations to assure a comprehensive network of care is available to all clients.

 Sessions: 9.30 am to 12:00 pm on March 22, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, and October18 at the Howard County Health Department.

To register click here


Suicide Prevention Smart Phone App for Maryland

The “There is Hope” app provides fast and easy access to crisis intervention and suicide prevention support.  We are here to provide the next steps for someone struggling with taking their life or for those concerned about suicidal thoughts in others.  This app will help determine the steps needed to save your or someone else’s life.

You’ll find lots of valuable information including: safety planning, warning signs, risk factors, tips on how to talk to someone who is suicidal, info about trainings to increase suicide prevention skills, and more.

Features also include an immediate connection to crisis counselors who will deliver help and hope for preventing suicide.

Currently available in the Apple Appstore and Android Google Play. Download Now! #Life Matters


CRISIS BEDS

Crisis Beds are now available in Howard County!  Crisis Beds provide 24/7 intensive mental health and support services that are designed to provide clinical support to an individual in a psychiatric crisis. The beds can be used as an alternative to in-patient hospitalization, when appropriate, or as a step-down from an in-patient psychiatric unit when the individual needs continued clinical support post-discharge.  To access Crisis Beds, please call (410) 418-4048, fax # (410) 418-4019.


Transitional-Age Youth Program (TAY)

HCMHA, in collaboration with Humanim, have designed this program to serve young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 who have received services funded by the Maryland Public Mental Health System. The program is designed to provide ongoing flexible supports to transition-age youth so that they can successfully transition to adulthood. Contact the Howard County Mental Health Authority at 410-313-7350 regarding the referral process.


Maryland Early Intervention Program (EIP)

The Maryland Early Intervention Program (EIP) is being established at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine (UMSOM) to provide early identification, evaluation, and comprehensive psychiatric treatment to adolescents and young adults with psychotic disorders. Recent advances in mental illness science support a paradigm shift from the treatment of individuals with an already established illness to early detection and intervention of people who are at high risk for the development of a psychotic illness or are in the initial stages of such an illness. The goal of this new approach is to alter the course of illness, reduce disability, and maximize the likelihood of recovery. For more information about EIP visit marylandeip.com, call 1-877-277-MEIP, or email info@Maryland EIP.com.  Click here for a flier for consumers and family members and click here for a flier for Providers.


The Latest Update to Suicide Safe

SAMHSA has released an updated version of Suicide Safe, the award-winning mobile app that helps providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients. Download the latest version today!

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View a new video resource for patients. Stories of Hope and Recovery: A Video Guide for Suicide Attempt Survivors features inspiring stories from suicide-attempt survivors.

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