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- Services Available With or Without Insurance Coverage

Baltimore County health officials want to remind residents that services are available to assist uninsured and underinsured residents in need of substance use disorder treatment. Treatment services are provided at low or no cost based on income.

The Baltimore County Department of Health provides treatment for substance abusers and their families, offers programs and services to prevent substance abuse, and develops, coordinates, and monitors a countywide network of substance abuse prevention and treatment services. If you or someone you love is in need of help, the following services are available in various locations throughout the County:

·        Outpatient treatment

·        Intensive outpatient treatment

·        Medication-assisted treatment

·        Residential treatment

·        Recovery support services

·        Family support and education

·        Overdose response training

For a directory of services for adolescents and adults, visit the Baltimore County Department of Health website.

County Offers Training on How to Respond to Opioid Overdose with Naxalone

The Baltimore County Department of Health is offering a free, two-hour training on how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose by using intra-nasal naloxone, a prescription medication that is used to reverse an overdose.

Training is scheduled for the following dates: 

Thursday, October 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Towson Library
320 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21204

Tuesday, November 17, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Perry Hall Library
9685 Honeygo Boulevard
Perry Hall, Maryland 21128

Tuesday, December 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Rosedale Library
6105 Kenwood Avenue
Rosedale, Maryland 21237

Thursday, December 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Parkville Recreation and Senior Center
8601 Harford Road
Parkville, Maryland 21234

The training is aimed to reach those who are concerned about loved ones or friends who may be at risk for overdosing on heroin or prescription pain medication. In addition to learning about opioids, participants will be taught how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose.

The session will teach registrants how to administer intra-nasal naloxone to reverse an overdose. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, prescription for naloxone and a kit containing the medication.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register online at or call 410-887-3828.

The Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promotes well-being among individuals and families by providing quality health, housing and social services. Along with an administrative unit, HHS is comprised of the Department of Health and Social Services. The HHS headquarters is in the Drumcastle Government Center, 6401 York Road.

photo of money and a stethescopeMark Millspaugh, Deputy Director
Baltimore County Department of Social Services

Many people receive health benefits through their employer. For those who don’t, enrolling in health insurance can be a real challenge. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Marylanders who were previously uninsured are getting coverage.

There were an estimated 800,000 uninsured Marylanders in 2013. As of 2015, 606,226 Marylanders have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the state-based marketplace, including 123,673 people enrolled in a private Qualified Health Plan (QHP) and 482,553 enrolled in Medicaid.

2016 Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for 2016 coverage begins November 1, 2015 and ends January 31, 2016 for those who need to purchase a Qualified Health Plan (QHP). Medicaid enrollment remains open year-round. Those  who need to purchase a health care plan can use the Maryland Health Connection website to compare plans and select the one that best fits their needs. Information entered on the website will help determine if you are eligible for Medicaid or for subsidies to help pay toward the cost of a Qualified Health Plan. You can use the website to complete the entire process - from creating an account to determining eligibility for subsidies and selecting a provider for your health needs. Once registered in the Maryland Health Connection, you will be able to manage your own account for any future changes that may occur or updates that may be needed.

Filing Options

Baltimore County residents have three options for filing an application for health care coverage.

  1. File an application online by accessing the Maryland Health Connection website at 
  2. Contact the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) Consolidated Service Center at 1-855-642-8572 or TTY 1-855-642-8573 for help with filing the application electronically or requesting a paper application and returning it to the MHBE.
  3. Visit a Baltimore County Department of Social Services office, Baltimore County Department of Health office or Health Care Access Maryland office and receive assistance in filing the application using the Maryland Health Connection.

Get covered! Don’t be left without health insurance in the upcoming year.

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