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Behavioral Health

CalvertHealth Partners with Sheppard Pratt to Provide Behavioral Health Services

As of May 1, CalvertHealth has partnered with Sheppard Pratt to support the expansion of behavioral health services to best meet the growing demands of our community.

Founded in 1853, Sheppard Pratt is the largest private, nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, developmental disability, special education, and social services in the country and has been consistently ranked as a top national psychiatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report for 30 years.

Through the partnership, Sheppard Pratt will provide clinical services and leadership at CalvertHealth Medical Center to enhance behavioral health programs and services across the CalvertHealth Network of Care.

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Sometimes emotional problems can make it difficult to function in our everyday lives. There is hope.

Sometimes emotional problems can make it difficult to function in our everyday lives. There is hope.

Mental health is a critical part of overall health and wellness. It’s important to know that mental illness can affect anyone; a family member, a friend or even a coworker. Be sure to make healthy choices for both your physical and mental well-being and ask for help when needed.

At CalvertHealth, we offer comprehensive services for individuals and families. In addition to 24-hour crisis intervention services in our emergency department, though our partnership with Sheppard Pratt, we provide inpatient and outpatient care for both adolescents and adults in separate, secure settings.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, one in five people in the U.S. has a diagnosable, and treatable, mental health condition. Further, statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) suggest there are millions of Americans who are experiencing emotional pain, depression or anxiety and who are not seeking or receiving treatment.

In the emergency room, individuals are seen by a physician and a licensed social worker or psychologist. Once medical issues are ruled out by the physician, individuals are referred to inpatient, day treatment or outpatient services for treatment, as indicated.

For more information please call the unit directly at 410.535.8144.

What is behavioral health?
Behavioral health is the umbrella term that addresses mental health issues including depression and anxiety, as well as substance abuse behaviors. The Behavioral Health Team at CalvertHealth is prepared to manage a wide variety of conditions.

When and how to seek help.
If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, immediately seek help by calling 911 or visiting the nearest emergency room. When someone with a behavioral health emergency is taken to the ER in crisis, he or she is evaluated by a physician and by a member of emergency psychiatric services, which is comprised of licensed social workers/counselors. This evaluation will determine the level of care provided - whether the patient is admitted for inpatient care, partial hospitalization or discharged with a follow up plan in place. Those who are at risk of harming themselves or others will not meet PHP admission criteria initially and will require inpatient stabilization.

Inpatient Care.
Our inpatient unit operates 24 hours a day and services are provided to adolescents and adults ages 13 years and older who require safety monitoring, medication management, psychoeducation and/or other care. The programs are staffed by a board-certified psychiatrist, registered nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, occupational therapists and work in cooperation with the public school system (for adolescents). Services include individual therapy, group therapy, family or couples therapy, supportive therapy and education on illness, treatment, coping skills and relapse prevention.

If you are in immediate need of crisis intervention, psychiatric stabilization and/or are a threat to yourself or others, please call 911 or report to the nearest Emergency Room.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP).
The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is available to adults and adolescents ages 13 years and older. The day program provides group therapy, family therapy, educational services, medication management, behavioral management, psycho-education groups, music therapy, creative self-expression and meetings with a psychiatrist, as per the patient’s individualized treatment plan.

All patients will be provided with outpatient follow-up plans and appointments based on their needs.

Adolescents typically arrive at 7:30 a.m. and adults arrive at 8:15 a.m. Lunch is in the cafeteria – vouchers provided daily. Smart Ride is available in the afternoons starting on the second day (need 24-hour notice).

Daily Schedule: Adults
8:30-9:30 a.m. | Goals Group
9:30-10:30 a.m. | Psychoeducation
10:30-11:30 a.m. | Psychoeducation
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Lunch
12:15-1:15 p.m. | Psychoeducation
1:15-2:15 p.m. | Group Therapy
2:15-3 p.m. | Daily Wrap-up

(Group schedule subject to change – any changes will be posted)

Daily Schedule: Adolescents
8-9 a.m. | Goals Group
9-10 a.m. | Psychoeducation
10-11:30 a.m. | School (during school year)
10-11 a.m. | Psychoeducation/Music Therapy
11-11:30 a.m. | Psychoeducation/Music Therapy
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Lunch
12:15-1:15 p.m. | Psychoeducation
1:15-2:15 p.m. | Group Therapy
2:15-3 p.m. | Daily Wrap-up

(Group schedule subject to change – any changes will be posted)

PHP / Outpatient Phone: 410.414.4862

Did You Know? According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 37 percent of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older drop out of school - the highest dropout rate of any disability group. Signs and symptoms of emotional distress.

  • Change in eating pattern (more or less)
  • Change in sleeping pattern (more or less)
  • Loss of interest in people or activities which used to be enjoyable
  • Frequent complaint of illness (headaches, upset stomach, etc.)
  • Negative behavior/acting out
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Anxiousness/nervousness/depression that interferes with daily activities/school/work
  • Isolation
  • Not maintaining hygiene/grooming (bathe, brush teeth, comb hair, etc…)
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Verbalization of self-harm/suicidal thoughts

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National Alliance on Mental Illness:
800.950.NAMI (6264)

Crisis Text Line:
Text NAMI to 741-741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
800.273.TALK (8255)

National Domestic Violence Hotline :
800.799.SAFE (7233)

National Sexual Assault Hotline :
800.656/HOPE (4673)

Crisis Intervention Center of Calvert County:
975 Solomons Island Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Calvert County Crisis Hotline:

Charles County Crisis Hotline:

St. Mary's County Crisis Hotline:
TTY - 301.863.6664

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1.800.SUICIDE (1.800.784.2433)
1.800-273.TALK (8255)
TTY - 1.800.799.4889

Calvert County CPS:

National Center on Elder Abuse:

Online Emotional Support:
CalvertHealth Medical Center
100 Hospital Road,
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Phone: 410.535.8144

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