A number of services exist at the federal, state, and local level to support overall wellness and behavioral health for veterans and their families. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and State of Maryland both provide a number of counseling services to support and help veterans reach optimal health. The State offers Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans, a confidential referral and assistance program to veterans and their families who are looking to engage in care. U.S. VA Services are offered at medical centers, local community based outpatient clinics as well as vet centers.
Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans
Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans is a Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene program devoted to total wellness for veterans and their families. Regional resource coordinators provide assistance to veterans and their families to support a healthy transition to civilian life. With support from the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration and Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration, they provide a solid connection to wellness services, with an emphasis on mental health and substance use disorder services. Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans also has dedicated funds to provide for the coordination and facilitation of transportation for veterans to and from behavioral health appointments. Coordinators are available to answer questions, address concerns, or help with any obstacle a veteran and family might face.
For more information visit the Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans website.
To connect to a regional resource coordinator, call the Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans referral line at 1-877-770-4801.
Source: Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans
The U.S. Veterans Health Administration
Behavioral health services are offered at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and community based outpatient clinics. A mental health assessment and referral clinic (MHARC) is located at each medical center. In addition, a myriad of inpatient and outpatient services, including specialized services for women veterans, are available. Depending upon residency, Maryland veterans engage in services at one of several medical centers, including Martinsburg, WV, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, MD.
For more information contact:
Central Maryland/Eastern Shore: VA Maryland Health Care System (Baltimore, Perry Point, Loch Raven), Eligibility and Enrollment, 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7324
Western Maryland: Martinsburg VA Medical Center, Eligibility and Enrollment, 304-263-0811 ext. 3758 or 800-817-3807
Montgomery County & Prince Georges County/Southern Maryland: Washington D.C. VA Medical Center, Eligibility and Enrollment, 202 745-8251
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans, or family members, who served in any combat zone and received a military campaign ribbon (Vietnam, Southwest Asia, OEF, OIF, etc.) are eligible for Vet Center services. Readjustment counseling is provided to include a wide range services to eligible Veterans and their families in the effort to support a successful transition from military to civilian life. Services include:
- Individual, family, and group counseling
- Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
- Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
To learn more about the Maryland Vet Centers, contact Jon Dansicker, Veteran Outreach Specialist with the Vet Centers, 410-764-9400 or cell 410-703-5783.
For more information on the Vet Centers visit the U.S. VA Vet Center website.
Maryland Vet Center Locations
Aberdeen Vet Center Outstation
223 W. Bel Air Ave
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Annapolis Vet Center
100 Annapolis St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Baltimore County – Dundalk Vet Center
1553 Merritt Blvd
Dundalk, MD 21222
Baltimore Vet Center
1777 Reisterstown Rd
Baltimore, MD 21208
Cambridge Vet Center Outstation
830 Chesapeake Dr
Cambridge, MD 21613
Elkton Vet Center
103 Chesapeake Blvd
Elkton, MD 21921
Prince George’s County Vet Center
7905 Malcolm Rd
Clinton, MD 20735
Sliver Spring Vet Center
2900 Linden Ln
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Washington DC Vet Center
1250 Taylor St, NW
Washington, DC 20011
Seamless Transition: OIF/OEF/OND Veteran Specific Care
The Seamless Transition effort is a nationally designated system of care created to meet the specific needs of veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation New Dawn (OND). To speak with someone from the Seamless Transition team, contact 410-605-7000 Ext. 4028.
To learn more visit the Seamless Transition website.
Military One Source
Military One Source is a Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and reserve service members, and their families.
This personalized support is available 24/7 no matter where you live or serve.
To speak with a Military One Source consultant call 800-342-9647.
To learn more visit the Military One Source website.
Source: Military One Source
Coaching into Care
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Coaching into Care works with family members or friends to help engage a veteran who is experiencing difficulties post deployment. The service is confidential and free. It helps callers identify new ways to talk with a veteran about their concerns and treatment options. To connect, call 888-823-7458.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Mental Health Advocacy Organizations
National Alliance on Mental Illness- Maryland
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Local NAMI affiliates in Maryland offer free peer support, education and outreach programs, and engage mental health advocates in their communities. Examples of NAMI programs include:
- Peer-to-Peer is a program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery
- The Family-to-Family Education Program, a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses
- Family Support Groups are for relatives, caregivers, and others involved with individuals with mental illness
- NAMI Basics is for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years
To speak with a NAMI Maryland staff person call 410-884-8691.
Source: NAMI Maryland
On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.
On Our Own of Maryland, Inc., is a statewide mental health consumer education and advocacy group. Local On Our Own groups provide peer-operated support meetings to their members.
To speak with someone from On Our Own of Maryland and to find your local wellness and recovery center call 410-646-0262.
Source: On Our Own of Maryland, Inc.