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PERSONALIZING Behavioral Health Care

Taking Steps to Improve Access and Remove Barriers

CalvertHealth is improving the behavioral health services it offers the community with a recent change to how patients can be admitted to the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Patients can now be directly admitted instead of having to go to the Emergency Department for evaluation prior to admission.

“We get many, many calls from people who ask us about partial day treatment options,” said Director of Behavioral Health Laura Webb, RN-BC, MSN. She continued, “It’s a vital service for those who need mental health services beyond regular therapy or counseling, but don’t require 24/7 inpatient treatment.” Patients in the PHP take part in the program during the day and return home in the late afternoon.

Through its partnership with Sheppard Pratt, CalvertHealth launched direct admission capability for the program, allowing patients to bypass the emergency department, which Webb noted can be particularly scary for adolescents and even adults.

Localizing Mental Health Care

In addition to the PHP program, CalvertHealth operates the only adolescent behavioral health unit in Southern Maryland. The adolescent inpatient unit has six beds, which is completely separate from the 14-bed adult unit with different staffing and programming. According to Webb, the demand for inpatient adolescent services is very high.

The adolescent unit is a general psychiatric unit where patients can be treated for a variety of diagnoses including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders and more.

“We see a lot of early addiction issues in teenagers along with psychiatric issues and substance abuse - a lot of anxiety, a lot of trauma,” Webb said. She added that she and the team see a wide variety of people - some very affluent and others that are struggling financially. “CalvertHealth accepts everyone no matter what their circumstances are in life. So, our patient makeup here in the adolescent behavioral health unit is a reflection of that.”

The small unit sizes allow providers to really get to know patients and their families and that makes CalvertHealth special. “Our treatment approach is far from authoritarian – it’s a partnership between patients, medical providers, and families,” said Webb. She added, “Patients are treated in a non-stigmatized way, while having rules and guidelines for safety. We meet our patients where they are. It’s warm, friendly and loving. I’m just so proud of the work we are doing here.”

Behavioral Health RESOURCES

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

Crisis Text Line:
Text NAMI to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
800.273.TALK (8255)

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
800.799.SAFE (7233)

National Sexual Assault Hotline:
Call 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:
DIAL 988
1.800.273.TALK (8255)
TTY - 1.800.799.4889

Calvert County CPS:
National Center on Elder Abuse:

Online Emotional Support:
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