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Free Resource Fair Offers Resources for Professionals, Parents and Families

Baltimore County is holding its Ninth Annual Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Resource Fair from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Oregon Ridge Lodge (13401 Beaver Dam Road). With a collaboration of more than nine agencies, the Fair will feature resources for professionals as well as parents and families of children or adolescents with mental health or substance use disorder issues.

Last year, 55 different mental health and substance use disorder treatment vendors were showcased at the Fair. This year similar agencies will be featured as well as a keynote presentation at 1 p.m. by Dr. Mohammed Younus, a psychiatrist with Associated Catholic Charities. Dr. Younus will discuss scientific determinants of child and adolescent behavior.

During this event, parents, family members, counselors, and other professionals will have an opportunity to learn about resources, network with other families, and speak informally with service providers in Baltimore County. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided from noon to 1 PM. Pre-registration is requested, but not required. To register, visit or call 410-887-3828.

The Fair is sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Office of the Public Defender, Mental Health Association of Maryland, Associated Catholic Charities, The Children’s Guild, Thrive Behavioral Health, Abundant Living Resources and A Better Tomorrow Starts Today.

Free public event offers information and resources

The Baltimore County Department of Health will hold its 17th Annual Behavioral Health Town Hall Meeting and Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 19 at Oregon Ridge Park’s Lodge (13401 Beaver Dam Road) in Cockeysville, Maryland.

The purpose of this event is to provide participants with information about tobacco cessation and peer recovery support while:

  • Learning about behavioral health resources in Baltimore County.
  • Receiving information and resources on wellness and health-related topics from panelists.
  • Participating in a question and answer open forum.
  • Hearing from keynote speaker Carlos DiClemente, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Behavioral Health disorders are common health conditions that impact many County residents. Baltimore County has a comprehensive network of mental health and substance abuse services including outpatient, residential, rehabilitation, case management, and crisis services, as well as specialized programs for both children and adults. Over 19,000 clients a year receive services in the Baltimore County behavioral health system.

The event is free and open to the public. For additional information about this event, contact Venus Rankin-Waters, LCSW-C with the Department of Health at 410-887-3828 or To reserve a vendor table, contact Susan Parks with the Mental Health Association of Maryland at 410-235-1178 ext. 205 or

For information on behavioral health services in Baltimore County, call 410-887-3828 or visit

Training is in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day

The Baltimore County Department of Health is hosting an Open House from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day. During this event, the public will be able to:

  • receive one-on-one overdose response training and certification, plus a kit containing naloxone.
  • meet with a substance use counselor to ask questions about anything related to substance use, how to access treatment, or how to help a loved one.
  • talk with a peer recovery specialist, who is a person in long-term recovery, to learn about how they can help someone who is having substance related problems.

All Open House activities will take place at the Eastern Family Resource Center, located at 9100 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 322 in Baltimore, Maryland 21237. 

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on August 31 each year and aims toraise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. For more information visit,

Revised September 26, 2016