June 19, 2024

Health Hub Offering Crisis Counseling Services

Health Hub

The St. Mary’s County Health Department announces the launch of crisis evaluation and counseling services at the St. Mary’s Health Hub.

The Health Hub is at 21625 Great Mills Road in Lexington Park, MD. Services are available between 8am and 4:30pn Monday through Friday.

The Health Hub provides the following crisis services to help individuals with substance use disorder and/or mental health needs move into stabilization and, ultimately, into recovery:

  • Professional assessment of mental health and substance use recovery needs
  • Crisis stabilization counseling
  • Assistance in coordinating ongoing treatment with behavioral health professionals in the community
  • Linkage to other needed community resources and supports
  • Supportive connections to peers who have lived experiences with substance use and mental health recovery

Individuals who are in need of immediate assessment and counseling are able to walk in for assistance. Behavioral health professionals will focus on resolving the crisis the person is experiencing in a less intensive setting than a hospital and make connections to long term behavioral health counseling, medication management and community resources. At this time, persons who are actively suicidal, homicidal, experiencing extreme psychosis, incapacitated or those who may need medical care and/or immediate medications should use medical emergency mechanisms such as hospital emergency departments. 9-1-1 can be utilized for those experiencing a medical emergency. 9-8-8 is the national suicide and crisis lifeline for 24/7 support.

“With these services, we are starting to address a major gap in our local behavioral health care system. This is especially important as community demand for treatment of mental health and substance use disorders outpaces local capacity,” said Dr. Meena Brewster, St. Mary’s County health officer. “As we continue to build clinical services at the Health Hub, we anticipate expanding the types of mental health and substance use crises appropriate for the Hub setting. We will also work towards increasing the hours the facility is open.”

Also at the Health Hub:

The St. Mary’s County Health Department has changed its COVID-19 testing and vaccine services.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing (rapid PCR testing and routine PCR testing) will be available on Mondays and Thursdays from 8am to noon at the Health Hub. Appointments are recommended. To schedule an appointment for PCR testing (routine or rapid), community members should call 301-997-8232. Online registration is also available for routine PCR testing. Click here.

COVID-19 vaccines will be available at the SMCHD Health Clinic in Leonardtown on Tuesdays and Fridays from 8am to 4pm by appointment only. To make a vaccine appointment, call 301-475-4330. COVID-19 vaccines are also available through primary care offices and local pharmacies.

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