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Maryland is expanding access to telehealth services for mental and behavioral health disorders. 


Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford said in a news conference Thursday that insurance carriers and Medicaid would be required to reimburse patients  for audio-only telehealth services under a measure they are sending to the General Assembly. 

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A recent report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows COVID-19’s sweeping effects on children’s health in all 50 states. The pandemic has exacerbated a multitude of crises, including housing instability. 

In Maryland, the report says 18% of adults with children are worried that they cannot pay their rent or mortgages.

The Daily Dose 12-16-20

Dec 16, 2020

Depression, substance abuse, and suicide are all on the rise since the COVID-19 crisis started. How can we take care of our mental health during this emotionally trying time? More vaccine doses are on the way to Maryland’s hospitals and nursing homes. And, the newest members of Baltimore City’s Board of Estimates met today for the first time. We’ll hear about an ethics rule introduced by Comptroller Bill Henry.

The Daily Dose 9-15-20

Sep 15, 2020

The list of early voting and polling centers for Baltimore has been approved. Special education students are straining under the challenge of virtual learning. And how do you have a productive conversation with someone who doesn't take the threat of COVID-19 seriously?

The Daily Dose 8-24-20

Aug 24, 2020

Prolonged social isolation can take a toll on a child’s emotional well-being. A psychologist from the National Center for School Mental Health talks about the warning signs. Plus, a new report points out racial biases in the field of neuroscience research.

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From the fear of getting sick to the sadness of canceled plans, children are experiencing a wide range of emotions as the pandemic persists. That stress takes a toll on their mental health.


Colleges are welcoming students back this month, but many of them won’t be enjoying the same learning experiences they used to. 

Remote learning can mean a loss of community and independence for students, while going to reopened campuses means dealing with a lot of uncertainty. Some, like the University of North Carolina, reopened and shut down within weeks after clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks. 

Erin VanLuven, a clinical social worker with Kaiser Permanente in Maryland, said these experiences can be detrimental to students’ mental health. 

The Daily Dose 8-19-20

Aug 19, 2020
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College campuses are adjusting to remote and hybrid learning , but what effect is the change having on the mental health of their students? And the BMA is finding a way to bring the beauty of art outside, and on-line.

The Daily Dose 6-11-20

Jun 11, 2020
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A look into the details of Stage II of Maryland’s recovery plan: Is there a difference between what’s legal and what’s safe? Plus: How’s the job hunt going for Maryland’s 700,000 unemployed? And The Pro Bono Counseling Project offers free mental health services in a time of tumult.

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Now, a conversation about how the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening not only our physical and financial well-being, but also our mental health. 

Across the nation, tens of millions of people in all walks of life -  from front-line hospital staff and shuttered small business owners to unemployed restaurant workers and parents staying home with their kids — are reporting increased levels of psychological stress about the COVID-19 illness and the threat it poses to them, their loved ones, and their livelihoods.

The impact of this heightened stress is indisputable.  What kinds of services are available during the pandemic to help people cope with psychological trauma? 

Tom's guest is Dr. Harsh Trivedi.  He’s is the President and CEO of the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore, one of the nation’s largest private, non-profit providers of mental health, substance use and other special-needs services.  He is also a professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

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A 13-year-old boy in the custody of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services was admitted to an inpatient psychiatric hospital in September 2018. About two weeks later, an administrative law judge ruled that there was no medical reason for him to stay there. But Social Services didn’t pick him up for nearly four more months.

A similar thing happened to a 14-year-old boy in the custody of the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services in October 2018 and to a 14-year-old girl in the custody of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services in January 2019, according to data provided by the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, which represents children in this situation,

And there are dozens more children in Maryland’s foster care system with similar stories. They spend weeks, sometimes months, in psychiatric hospitals after doctors and even judges say they no longer need to be there because local Department of Social Services, or DSS, workers say they have nowhere else for them to go.

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Baltimore is at the center of the lead crisis in the U.S., and generations of Baltimoreans have been poisoned by the heavy metal. How did lead exposure become such a drastic problem here in Baltimore? And how can the city deal with lead poisoning in a lasting and comprehensive way?

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Many of those who provide the bounty that will grace our Thanksgiving tables are struggling. The physical, emotional and financial stresses of farming lead to mental health crises, opioid addiction, even suicides at higher rates among farmers than Americans in general. We hear about the day-to-day strain on farmers and what's being done to alleviate it from Shannon Dill, agriculture extension educator for University of Maryland Extension in Talbot County and from Bonnie Braun, Extension Consultant.

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Since the Columbine school shooting 19 years ago, tens of thousands of other students have cringed in corners or cowered in closets during other shootings or drills. What traumas do they carry? How should parents talk to them? After the fatal shooting in St. Mary’s County, the Mental Health Association of Maryland posted talking points to help that communication. We hear about those talking points from Senior Program Officer Lea Ann Browning-McNee. We also hear from Loyola University Maryland clinical professor Gayle Cicero, of the School of Education, about the changing skills school counselors need.

You can find the link to MHAMD talking points for parents, here.

New police training targets mental illness

Oct 2, 2017
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Elizabeth Wexler stands at a chalkboard at the Baltimore City Police Training Academy while 50 cadets look on. She draws a large "T" and asks the class to say what comes to mind when they think of mental health.

Policing and Mental Health

Dec 15, 2016

In this episode, Wes explores initiatives that are helping to improve how police respond to people in mental distress. Across the country, a growing number of cities are investing in ‘Crisis Intervention Team’ training for law enforcement officers and other first responders. This month, Wes looks to San Antonio, Texas, which grew that idea into an innovative collaboration that's made a huge difference over the past decade.