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Show Airs on Cable Channel 25 and Online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” offers a quick life-saving CPR demonstration, an overview of the resources available to help address opioid addiction and a visit to the County’s animal shelter.

CPR is Easier than Ever! – No more complicated counting or breaths… find out how hands-only CPR and automatic defibrillators make saving a life simpler than ever before.

What’s Up Doc?  - Baltimore County’s top doc, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch explains why opioid overdose rates are worse than ever and describes the help that is available.

Animal Services - A National Model of CareLearn about Baltimore County Animal Services’ record adoption rates, low-cost spay/neuter procedures, state-of-the-art shelter and much more.  

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page. In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25 in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.


Every Day is Take Back Day in Baltimore County

Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, the Baltimore County Health Officer and Director of Health and Human Services, encourages residents to dispose of unused and expired medications at one of the ten designated drop-off locations throughout the County.

The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration has declared Saturday, October 27, 2018 as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and is encouraging the safe, convenient and responsible disposal of unused or expired prescription drugs. “Baltimore County is joining this national observance – and has established drug drop box locations throughout the county not just on October 27 but year-round, seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” said Dr. Branch. 

More than 70 percent of prescription drug abusers say that many of the drugs they use come directly from friends and relatives or from their medicine cabinets of friends and relatives. “I urge parents and guardians to take inventory of their medicine cabinet and secure all medications that are genuinely needed,” continued Dr. Branch. “When you don’t take the necessary precautions, your children or other family members could be one pill or teaspoon away from indulging in a prescription drug.”

The drug drop boxes are positioned at these ten police precinct locations throughout the county: 

  • Precinct 1 Wilkens - 901 Walker Avenue, 21228 
  • Precinct 2 Woodlawn - 6424 Windsor Mill Road, 21207
  • Precinct 3 Franklin - 606 Nicodemus Road, 21136 
  • Precinct 4 Pikesville - 215 Milford Mill Road, 21208
  • Precinct 6 Towson - 115 W. Susquehanna Avenue, 21204  
  • Precinct 7 Cockeysville - 111 Wight Avenue, 21030 
  • Precinct 8 Parkville - 8532 Old Harford Road, 21234
  • Precinct 9 White Marsh - 8220 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236
  • Precinct 11 Essex - 216 North Marlyn Avenue, 21221 
  • Precinct 12 Dundalk – 428 Westham Way, 21224 

If you or a loved one is suffering from an alcohol, tobacco or drug (illegal or prescription) addiction, help is available. Call the Department of Health at 410-88-REACH (410-887-3224).


Mobile Crisis Team Will be Available 24/7

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler announced plans to significantly expand the County’s emergency mental health system by funding overnight hours for the Mobile Crisis Team that responds to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, including those addicted to opioids.

The Baltimore County Crisis Response System, a collaborative effort between the County’s Health and Police Departments, works with The Affiliated Sante’ Group, Inc. to provide emergency mental health services to Baltimore County residents. The Mobile Crisis Team is currently available from 9:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily. The increased funding of $561,000, contingent on County Council approval, will bring the Mobile Crisis Team budget to $2.6 million and will help expand their services to 24 hours per day.

“Our Mobile Crisis Team provides a vital service to people in their most vulnerable moments; by pairing a mental health clinician with a police officer, they are able to respond in a way that deescalates situations, protecting both the individual and overall public safety,” Mohler said. “If approved by the Council, we will ensure that County residents who need these services throughout the night will now have access to them.”

“The increase in funding will mean an expansion in service hours, and having these services available around the clock is priceless,” said Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch.

The Mobile Crisis Team responds to severe behavioral health emergencies in the community, with the goals of diverting residents from unnecessary hospitalizations and/or entry into the criminal justice system, and reducing the number of emergency petitions. The team provided 2,343 interventions to County residents and their families in fiscal year 2018.

“This funding will allow constant coverage throughout the County to provide a resource to patrol officers dealing with those suffering from mental health issues,” said Chief of Police Terrence Sheridan. “Hopefully, this will continue our trend of peacefully resolving incidents involving individuals in crisis.”

“The Mobile Crisis Team has been a tremendous asset to the community and I support the expansion of their availability into the overnight hours, when many incidents take place,” said County Council Chair Julian Jones.

“Mental health crises don’t start in the morning and end at night,” concluded Mohler. “We have to take care of those in need.”

Facilitating Access to Mental Health Care

Another strength of the Mobile Crisis Team is that they help people take full advantage of the dynamic matrix of services in place to link County residents to preventative care options.

For more information on mental health services offered in Baltimore County, call the Baltimore County Department of Health at 410-887-3828. To access emergency mental health services, call the 24-hour Mobile Crisis Team hotline at 410-931-2214.   


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017