Baltimore County seeks to increase choices for mental health services

TOWSON – The Baltimore County (BBH) Office of Behavioral Health is seeking approval to add Wraparound Maryland to its list of proposed mental health coordination providers. The move is intended to provide more choices for Baltimore County residents who are eligible for mental health services through Medicaid. The BBH selected Wraparound Maryland after reviewing five competitive proposals from statewide mental health coordinators, Wraparound Maryland is seeking to join Hope Health Systems as county-sponsored options for mental health services. These contracts will not cost the county additional money, the BBH Services Administration: Optum Maryland, will directly reimburse contractors for their services through Medicaid.

As of 2017, Hope Health Systems has been the only contractor in Baltimore County to coordinate mental health services for eligible applicants. Care coordination services, as offered by Hope and Wraparound, enable a tiered continuum of care for children, young adults and their families. This care may include help in finding licensed therapists and psychiatrists, advice on obtaining educational services such as tutoring, and advice on returning to family life after spending time in a mental health facility. According to Wraparound, they provide: “a unique set of community services and individualized natural supports for a child and family to achieve a set of positive outcomes.”

According to BBH, each of these contractors will serve 50 to 100 youth per year and will begin serving Baltimore County upon contract approval. Baltimore County Council will vote on this proposal on Monday, September 19.

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