You Care - Be Aware Child Safety Resources
Baltimore County Online Resources
- The Baltimore County Bureau of Mental Health is a unit of the Health Department which, in addition to receiving County funding for its operations, has been designated by the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration as a Core Service Agency. This means that the Bureau functions as a mental health authority for the administration of State-funded services to mentally ill persons residing in Baltimore County.
- In Baltimore County, there are many community organizations with trained staff to answer questions and help find the information needed to make informed decisions. Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources Directory is a listing of those organizations that work with children, youth and their families. Resources include information on domestic violence, emotional well being, physical well being, rape, and runaways. Connections has been designed to help you make a direct connection with the organization that can provide the most appropriate services for you.
- The Counseling Unit is the outreach and prevention branch of the Youth and Community Resources Section of the Baltimore County Police Department. They are a staff of skilled counselors who work with young people and their families with the goal of preventing crime and fostering positive interpersonal relationships and life skills.
- Page for Parents was developed by the Department of Professional Development Parent Support Services especially for the parents of Baltimore County Public Schools. The site includes an "Ask the Expert" and "Timely Topic" area for parents.
Online Resources Outside Baltimore County
- Exposure to the terrible images reproduced by the media's coverage of the events in New York and in Washington, D.C. can cause powerful emotional responses in both children and adults. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene helps provide information for parents on the importance of listening to and talking with their children about these events and how to handle questions and concerns.
- Information about child and adolescent mental health is available through The National Institute of Mental Health. The web site includes help on a variety of topics including depression, eating disorders, and anxiety.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA is the Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.
- KidsHealth provides parents, kids, and teens information about mental and physical health and covers many topics on general child safety.
- Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - A confidential, toll-free 24 hour hotline for youth 24 years of age and younger. Provides crisis intervention, support, and suicide prevention. Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline
1-800-422-0009, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, Inc. Crisis hotline provides telephone counseling for those experiencing family crisis which could result in violence. Individual, couple or family counseling by appointment. Safe shelter for family members who must leave their homes in order to prevent violence from occurring. 410-285-4357 and Hotline: 410-828-6390
- Turnaround Provides support, counseling and information to victims of sexual assault, incest, and domestic violence, regardless of sex or age. Counseling by appointment. Hotline: 410-828-6390, available 24 hours a day.
- First Step Youth Services Center Individual, group and family mental health counseling. Psychiatric evaluation and substance abuse counseling. Hotline: 410-421-3800
- Johns Hopkins Hospital - Outpatient treatment for emotionally disturbed children and their families including evaluation, crisis intervention, therapy, individualized treatment plans, consultation, education and referral. Children's and Adolescent Mental Health Center 410-955-3598.
- Sheppard Pratt Health System
Child and adolescent psychiatry, substance abuse counseling and eating disorders treatment. Also offers outpatient counseling and a day school program. Call 410-938-3000
Revised August 12, 2013