Updates                                            October 2016
BHSB Releases 2017 Advocacy and Policy Priorities

Today, Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB) released its 2017 Advocacy and Policy Priorities , which include a set of policy recommendations to advance behavioral health and wellness in Baltimore City and Maryland.

In 2017, BHSB will focus our advocacy efforts toward advancing policies, programs, and practices within four broad areas:
  • Strengthen and expand prevention and early intervention to reduce risk and increase community resilience
  • Promote access to comprehensive, integrated community-based treatment and recovery support services
  • Support criminal justice system reform that redirects spending for incarceration toward the behavioral health system
  • Promote parity and strengthen behavioral health system infrastructure and workforce
The full document is available on BHSB's website here . BHSB looks forward to continuing to work with lawmakers and our state and local partners to support the public behavioral health system and people living with mental illness and substance use disorder in our community.

For more information, contact Adrienne Breidenstine , Vice President, Policy and Communications

Upcoming Events
NAGC Fall Conference and Webcast
Half day Webcast on Grief and Urban Youth
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11am
Chevy Chase Auditorium, Johns Hopkins Hospital-Baltimore
For Children's Grief Awareness Month, Roberta's House, in collaboration with The National Alliance for Grieving Children, will host a fall webcast on children's grief. This webcast will be a live webcast and include three panelists, Leon Henry, Violence Reduction Manager for Operation Cease Fire, Alesia K. Alexander, Founder and CEO of Project KARMA, and Karen Andrews, Principle at Seattle's "Last Chance High School." Each panelist will share their experiences with urban youth and the impact death, bereavement, and dying has had on children and youth.  For more information or to register please click here
Roberta's House
Gender and Sexuality Training Program
November 4, 2016 from 8am-5pm
Behavioral Health System Baltimore
1 North Charles Street, Suite 1300, Baltimore
BHSB invites you to attend our FREE training on Sexuality and Gender.  This training will provide organizations with the tools and resources to integrate LGBTQ culturally competent policies and procedures into their systems of care and improve treatment outcomes for LGBTQ clients. A follow up onsite TA visit will also be provided to attendees.  Please click here for more details and to register for this event. Registration closes October 24, 2016. 

Please contact BHSB's communications team if you would like us to share your organization's event(s) in our upcoming newsletters and/or within our social media networks.  We look forward to hearing from you! 
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