Mental Health Services
Mental Health Services is a program within the Division of Behavioral Health that provides outpatient mental health treatment services to the residents of Charles County and the surrounding areas.
Director: Sherita Hawkes
Medical Director: Ijaz Khan, M.D.
Acting Clinical Supervisor: Jackie Burson MS, NCC, LCPC
As part of our multidisciplinary team, our clinical staff consists of all -at minimum- masters level, fully licensed professionals.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Mon – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHO DO WE SERVE?
Our outpatient mental health clinic provides behavioral health services to residents of this county and other surrounding areas. Starting treatment age for therapy is age six and upward. Currently, medication management services are provided to clients ages 18 and above. Conditions treated range from severe reactions to stress, bereavement, partner or parenting problems, domestic violence, treatment of depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorder, psychotic disorders, trauma treatment, anger management, and many other situations leading to stress and reduction of enjoyment of life, such as chronic pain conditions. We also support clients living with substance use conditions by collaborating closely with treatment and recovery programs both inside the Health Department as well as outside resources.
WHAT SERVICES DO WE OFFER?
Mental Health Services offered include individual, group, and family psychotherapy using evidence based practices. We also offer psychiatric evaluations and medication management services. In addition, our clinic offers an Anger Management Program. Treatment approaches include (but are not limited to) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Based Therapy, Mindfulness and Stress Reduction, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and many others. All of our treatment approaches utilize person centered, trauma informed care.
Furthermore, our licensed clinicians will be happy to refer our clients, if applicable, to community resources such as supported employment, psychiatric rehab programs, housing programs, and case management agencies to help craft the strongest possible support network, allowing for a full and meaningful life in the community.
WHAT INSURANCE IS ACCEPTED?
- Maryland Medicaid
Please contact our front desk for an exact listing of any other insurance plans we accept, and for self-payment fees.
HOW DO I START SERVICES?
All referral sources are accepted.
Please start your treatment process by calling 301-609-6700 to schedule an intake assessment appointment by our clinicians. Evaluation for psychiatric services are scheduled following clinical intake assessment.
You can also stop by our clinic front desk to obtain information regarding treatment and eligibility.
All services are governed by strict confidentiality laws we share with our Substance Use Treatment and Prevention Services partners. Per client request and consent, we also are happy to collaborate with stakeholders and supporters in our clients’ lives, reflecting our belief in a person centered, holistic approach to delivering services at our agency.
Anger Management Group is an evidence based 8 week program that utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Restructuring skills with goals of reducing aggressive outbursts and improving emotion regulation leading to more positive interactions with family, friends, co-workers, employers, and the legal system. The groups are offered throughout the year on varying weeknights.
The Parent-Child Connection is an 8 week evidenced based program that provides parents with strategies, encouragement and support while making parenting an easier and more enjoyable experience.
The Parent-Child Connect can help with:
Understanding emotional/physical child development, age appropriate discipline, building self esteem, reducing problem behaviors, co-parenting strategies, solving family conflict and communication with mutual respect.
TREM – Trauma Recovery and Empowerment for women
This group consists of 33 weekly sessions designed to recognize the long term effects that trauma has had on women’s lives. The focus is to promote healthy recovery skills that will foster personal growth towards improving ones quality of life.
More groups to come- please check back or call our clinic with suggestions and community needs.
WHAT IS TRAUMA INFORMED CARE?
Here is the official definition: Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.
In everyday language, it is a mindset to understand that most people we will come in contact with have experienced some sort of trauma and loss that might influence their reactions. We also have to be mindful of how our own history, attachment history, parenting history, relationship history, work history etc affects OUR reactions.
For a video on trauma informed care, click here.
For more information about groups and other services offered call: 301-609-6700
After hours, Non-Emergency Phone: 301-609-6332