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JOB VACANCY: HEALTHY TRANSITIONS STATE PROJECT DIRECTOR

The State Project Director will provide leadership and direction for a federal grant for Transition-Age Youth with psychiatric issues, oversee and support grant implementation efforts at the two implementation sites, create data collection tools, reporting templates and other products as needed, monitor and track activities and grant deliverables, manage the grant budget, develop systems to support the federal and state reporting requirements of the grant and generate those reports.  Collaboration will be with various partners involved in the grant, for example, Evidence Based Practice (EBP) trainers, UMBC Research Analysts and Outreach Specialists, and SAMSHA Technical Assistance Representatives.

This full time position has health benefits and will be located in Catonsville, MD.  This position requires a licensed Mental Health Professional in Maryland; four years of related experience in a mental health field with supervisory experience; ability to prepare grant reports and program budgets; in-state travel to implementation sites in Howard and Southern Maryland counties and to state and federal grantee meetings.

Please submit a cover letter addressing the above with salary requirements and resume to cschaffer@hcmha.org.  This position is open until filled.  Click here for full details of the job description.


JOB VACANCY: SOAR SPECIALIST

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Specialist.  The SOAR Specialist submits SSI/SSDI applications using the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access & Recovery) model for individuals experiencing severe mental illness and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who are being discharged from state hospitals. The SOAR Specialist also liaises with representatives from Social Security Administration, Disability Determination Services and state and local agencies to identify and resolve issues related to federal disability benefits.  Click here for more details.


WELCOME, BRAIN INJURY WAIVER CASE MANAGERS

Please help Howard County Mental Health Authority (HCMHA) to welcome our new staff members. HCMHA has hired two Brain Injury Case Managers:

Ms. Jasmine Vaughn brings experience as a Program Coordinator at the Family Tree in Baltimore and as a Lead Case Management Specialist at Way Station. Inc. Jasmine has her Bachelors of Science in English and is currently working towards her Master’s in Social Work.  In addition to Jasmine’s impressive professional background, she is very results-oriented and has skills in project management and training.  Jasmine has already started going out for site visits with brain injury providers and has started her orientation process.

Mr. Mike-Wayne Stafford has a background in brain injury case management.  Mike-Wayne has his bachelor’s in neuro-science and psychology.  He has a passion for working with the brain injury population and likes the challenges of working with behavior and co-occurring disorders.  He brings his skills in behavior science and training to this new position.  Mike-Wayne will start his position with us on July 24, 2017.


WELCOME, Central Maryland Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist

Please help Howard County Mental Health Authority (HCMHA) to welcome our new Central Maryland Region Older Adult Behavioral Health PASSR Specialist, Ms. Samantha Wilson.

Ms. Samantha Wilson brings experience as a Family Service Coordinator at Therapeutic Living for Families in Baltimore and as a Residential Rehabilitation Program Team Leader at Family Services, Inc. Samantha has her Bachelors of Science in Psychology.  In addition to Samantha’s impressive professional background, she has MANDT Crisis Training and EVOLV skills.  Samantha has a passion for working with older adults with behavioral health concerns. She will start with us on July 17, 2017.

We are very excited to have Samantha join our team.



HCMHA has a New Consultant for Social Media and Outreach:  Please help us to welcome Mr. Robert (Bert) Frauman, our new Social Media and Outreach Consultant.  Mr. Frauman will help to develop and implement a Social Media and Outreach Plan as per the HCMHA Strategic Plan for FY 18-22.   Mr. Frauman works as  the District Manager of the Maryland House of Delegates.  He has worked as a District Aide for the Howard County Council and as Howard County Delegation Administrator as well.   These positions provided Mr. Frauman with the opportunity to develop outreach and educational materials, public communications, and work with legislative matters.  Mr. Frauman has social media expertise and has developed website models.  Mr. Frauman has a B.A. in Psychology and English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.    If you would like to know more or assist with our Social Media and Outreach activities, please call the HCMHA’s main phone number at (410) 313-7350.


Due to recent changes in federal laws, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are now able to obtain DATA-2000 waivers to provide MAT services.

Click the link below for a free, online MAT waiver course being offered through SAMHSA:

Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant MAT Waiver Online Course

 If you have any questions or would like to be added to the distribution list, please email  MAT-PDOA-TA@jbsinternational.com


Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Health Center Toolkit


HRSA collaborated with federal partners and Futures Without Violence to conduct a two-year pilot study with 10 health centers and their social service partners on identifying strategies to address IPV in the primary care setting. These efforts led to the creation of a virtual toolkit on integrating IPV education into health centers. Through five essential steps, health centers and social service partners can build partnerships, adopt evidence-based interventions, promote patient education around IPV, and enhance practice policies, procedures, and capacities to improve long-term health and safety outcomes for women and their families.


HCMHA Newsletter

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


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


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!

Explore a new case study. Learn about Rena, a 34-year-old Native American woman with a history of sexual abuse and substance use.

Access a new video resource for clinicians. Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment provides guidance to counselors who work with persons in need of suicide assessment or intervention.

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.

Enhanced Features

View Suicide Safe in larger default font in iPhone® and Android™ versions of the app, with an option to further increase text size, as needed.