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Substance Use - Adolescent Services

The Bureau of Behavioral Health at
Eastern Family Resource Center
9100 Franklin Square Drive
Rosedale, Maryland 21237

Phone: 410-887-6465
TTY users call via Maryland Relay


The Baltimore County Department of Health offers specialized services for adolescents. Services include assessment, referral, early intervention, and treatment. Adolescents who are in the experimentation, early use, or serious abuse phases of substance involvement can access our services.

To access any of these services, contact or visit us Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Evening hours are available by appointment only. Cost for these services are based on a sliding fee scale. Insurance is accepted. No one will be denied services due to an inability to pay.

Assessment and Referral

A counselor will assess the adolescent to determine the extent of his or her substance use. If necessary, the counselor will refer the adolescent to the appropriate level of care in a treatment center convenient to his home.

Adolescent Substance Abuse Intervention Program

Adolescent Substance Abuse Intervention Program (ASAIP) is a six-hour series of classes discussing the long and short-term effects, and legal ramifications of substance use and abuse, along with decision-making skills exercises. ASAIP is designed for the first-time offender of a drug or alcohol violation or youth in the experimentation phase of substance involvement. Classes are held in the early evenings in Arbutus, Cockeysville, Dundalk and Essex. ASAIP is also available in Baltimore County's alternative schools.

Board of Education Program

The Baltimore County Department of Health provides an assessment and recommendations for education and counseling to all students expelled from Baltimore County Public Schools for a drug-related incident, as mandated by the Board of Education. In addition, the Department offers ASAIP classes and low-level individual and group counseling in the alternative schools.

Treatment Services

Adolescent Addiction Counselors develop and implement individualized treatment plans for youth identified as having a substance abuse problem. Therapy may include individual, group and family counseling. Youth who require inpatient drug treatment, but have no medical insurance may receive a free assessment, which may result in inpatient placement free of charge.

Juvenile Justice Programs

Special services are available for youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system. Juvenile Drug Court provides an enhanced outpatient treatment as an alternative to placement outside of the community. The Juvenile Drug Court Aftercare supports the reintegration of youth into their communities after placement outside of the community. Gambaru is an enhanced gender responsive outpatient program for teenage girls that offers supportive services in addition to substance abuse treatment.

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Revised January 25, 2016

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