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Program Description

  Access To Behavioral Health Services

Access to Behavioral Health Services connects uninsured and low-income consumers with mental health and/or substance abuse problems to the appropriate community services by providing information and referral, and behavioral health screenings and assessments. To provide effective engagement in needed services, program staff also provide short-term case management and psychiatric services to vulnerable clients, such as those recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital or jail until they can be linked to a community outpatient mental health program. More intensive social work services are provided to individuals with serious mental illness to ensure effective engagement in needed services and sufficient community supports to reduce negative outcomes and foster the wellness and recovery of the consumer. The Urine Monitoring Program serves clients referred by the courts, social service agencies, or behavioral health providers, and others required to submit to breathalyzer and urine surveillance or who require or request such screening and testing to support recovery from substance abuse.

Program Contacts

Contact Mark Hodge of the HHS - Behavioral Health and Crisis Services at 240.777.1568 or Grace Pedersen of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.773.1088 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY22Actual FY23Estimated FY24Target FY25Target FY26
Total number of unduplicated clients served 12,5763,1713,2343,2993,365
Percent of clients referred keeping first appointment with community provider 277%74%75%76%77%
1  The program saw an increase in the unduplicated client count through expansion of its programming into parole and probation offices as well as homeless shelters. The program is in the midst of taking its services into the community to work with the client population that has the most needs.
2  FY23 outcome is in line with historic levels prior to the pandemic. There are many factors that can contribute to a decrease in clients showing up to an appointment, including transportation, incarceration, and transient population, but most referrals continue to show up.

Program Budget Changes

FY25 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY24 Approved367034029.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.4531701.00
FY25 Recommended412351030.00