Are you a veteran in crisis or do you know of one in crisis? If so, call the Veterans Crisis Line now at 988 and press 1. Text now to 988. 24/7 and confidential.
Maryland’s Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours/7 days a week to provide support, guidance, and assistance on how to access substance use disorder services, in addition to the current mental health crisis services provided by this hotline.
Callers will also be given information about naloxone, recovery support and family services as available/appropriate in the individual’s local area. Learn more about this important initiative here.
Do you want to enroll in behavioral healthcare but don’t know where to begin? Contact Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans for answers.
Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans is a Maryland Department of Health 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. 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.
Do you want to enroll in VA behavioral healthcare but don’t know where to begin? Determine eligibility and find out how to enroll here.
VA Substance Use Disorder Services
Do you want to enroll in counseling but would rather not go to a medical center? If you served in a combat zone, the Vet Center might be for you.
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
For more information on the Vet Centers visit the 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
Do you have a family member or friend who you feel would benefit from counseling? Are you looking for strategies for how to engage them in the conversation? Coaching into Care might be for you.
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.
Other 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.
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.