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Maryland Association of Behavioral Health Authorities

The Core Service Agencies, Local Addictions Authorities, and Local Behavioral Health Authorities plan, develop, and manage a full range of treatment and rehabilitation services for persons with serious mental illness and substance use disorder in their jurisdictions. The agencies collaborate with other human service agencies to promote comprehensive services for individuals with mental illness and substance use disorder who have multiple human needs.

As members of MABHA, the Core Service Agencies, Local Addictions Authorities, and Local Behavioral Health Authorities promote the development of accessible, high quality, community based, comprehensive behavioral health services throughout Maryland. Our agencies promote wellness by improving behavioral health in Maryland through collaborative partnerships.


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Mission Statement

The Maryland Association of Behavioral Health Authorities (MABHA) is the non-profit organization comprised of Maryland’s Core Service Agencies, Local Addictions Authorities, and Local Behavioral Health Authorities. Our agencies are responsible for planning, managing, and monitoring public behavioral health services at the county level. There is an agency to be of assistance in every county in the state and in Baltimore City.
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Did You Know?

Addiction is a chronic brain disease that can be treated
2016-12-04T23:29:24+00:00
Addiction is a chronic brain disease that can be treated
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US
2016-12-04T23:29:49+00:00
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US
4 in 5 new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers
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4 in 5 new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers
People often share unused pain relievers, unaware of the dangers of nonmedical opioid use
2016-12-04T23:30:59+00:00
People often share unused pain relievers, unaware of the dangers of nonmedical opioid use
Women are more likely than men to be prescribed prescription pain relievers
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Women are more likely than men to be prescribed prescription pain relievers
More than 90% of people with substance abuse problems began smoking, drinking or using drugs before age 18
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More than 90% of people with substance abuse problems began smoking, drinking or using drugs before age 18
Alcohol and drug use becomes abuse when the substances begin to interfere with day to day life and relationships.
2016-12-04T23:33:12+00:00
Alcohol and drug use becomes abuse when the substances begin to interfere with day to day life and relationships.
According to the CDC, more than 480,000 deaths each year are cause by nicotine addiction
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According to the CDC, more than 480,000 deaths each year are cause by nicotine addiction
Heavy drinking is defined as having 5 or more drinks on the same occasion 5 or more times in the last 30 days
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Heavy drinking is defined as having 5 or more drinks on the same occasion 5 or more times in the last 30 days
Only about 10% of people in the US needing substance abuse treatment receive it
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Only about 10% of people in the US needing substance abuse treatment receive it
7% of high school students have alcohol dependence or abuse problems
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7% of high school students have alcohol dependence or abuse problems
One in 10 children and adolescents suffer from mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment.
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One in 10 children and adolescents suffer from mental illness severe enough to cause some level of impairment.
1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences some type of mental disorder every year.
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1 in 5 adults in the United States experiences some type of mental disorder every year.
Behavior problems in children can be symptoms of emotional, behavioral or mental disorders, rather than attention-seeking devices.
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Behavior problems in children can be symptoms of emotional, behavioral or mental disorders, rather than attention-seeking devices.
Mental illness does not discriminate – it can affect anyone.
2016-12-04T23:41:13+00:00
Mental illness does not discriminate – it can affect anyone.
Mental illnesses are the byproduct of interaction of biological, psychological and social factors.
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Mental illnesses are the byproduct of interaction of biological, psychological and social factors.
Most people with mental illness get better, and many recover completely.
2016-12-04T23:42:14+00:00
Most people with mental illness get better, and many recover completely.
People with mental illness lead active, productive lives.
2016-12-04T23:42:36+00:00
People with mental illness lead active, productive lives.
Treatment for mental illness can include self-help strategies, community supports, therapy and medication.
2016-12-04T23:43:02+00:00
Treatment for mental illness can include self-help strategies, community supports, therapy and medication.
With the right treatment, 70–90% of individuals affected with mental illness can significantly improve their quality of life.
2016-12-04T23:43:30+00:00
With the right treatment, 70–90% of individuals affected with mental illness can significantly improve their quality of life.
In any given year, 5 – 9 % of children experience serious emotional disturbances.
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In any given year, 5 – 9 % of children experience serious emotional disturbances.
Behavior problems in children can be symptoms of emotional or mental disorders, rather than simply “bad behavior.”
2016-12-29T16:17:18+00:00
Behavior problems in children can be symptoms of emotional or mental disorders, rather than simply “bad behavior.”