Baltimore County Looking To Increase Choices For Mental Health Services

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TOWSON - Baltimore County Bureau of Behavioral Health (BBH) is requesting approval to add Wraparound Maryland to their list of offered mental health coordination providers. This move is intended to offer more choices to Baltimore County residents who qualify for mental health services through medicaid. The BBH selected Wraparound Maryland after considering five competitive proposals from mental health coordinators throughout the state, Wraparound Maryland looks to join Hope Health Systems as county sponsored options for mental health services. These contracts will not cost the county any additional money, the BBH’s service administration: Optum Maryland, will reimburse the contractors directly for their services via Medicaid.

Since 2017, Hope Health Systems has been the sole contractor in Baltimore County coordinating mental health services for eligible applicants. Care coordination services, as offered by Hope and Wraparound, allow for a multi-level continuum of care to children, young adults, and their families. This care can include help finding licensed therapists and psychiatrists, guidance on obtaining educational services such as tutoring, and advice on returning to home life after spending time at a mental health facility. According to Wraparound they provide: “a unique set of community services and natural supports that are individualized for a child and family to achieve a positive set of outcomes.”

According to BBH, each of these contractors will serve 50 to 100 youth annually, and will start serving Baltimore County upon approval of the contracts. The Baltimore County Council will decide on this proposal on Monday, Sept. 19th.

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