The mission of the Division of Addictions and Mental Health Services is to provide a comprehensive continuum of services to all persons affected by substance abuse and mental health issues. Each person will be treated with compassion and respect in an environment that supports growth, as individuals strive to improve their lives and communities.

Treatment philosophy is based on the ideology that alcohol and other drug dependency is a bio/psycho/social/spiritual disease that is favorably responsive to treatment. Alcohol and other drug dependency is a primary, chronic, progressive disease that is subject to relapse and if left untreated, is often fatal.

The program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, religion, disability or any other classification prohibited by federal or state law.
Who is Eligible
  • Self-referral or referral by a community agency
  • Service fees for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured are based on a sliding scale determined by the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  • Many insurance and managed care plans pay for treatment services.
Substance Abuse Treatment and Other Services
Generally, chemical dependency affects all facets of a person's life; therefore, a holistic approach to treatment services is utilized with a global focus on emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and social aspects of the individual, their family, and significant others. Tangible skills training is incorporated in the treatment process to improve and enhance quality of life. Identification and treatment of the disease are critical components to an individual's recovery process.

In order to effectively treat the complexity of the disease of chemical abuse/dependency, a multi-disciplinary treatment team approach is used to provide individualized care and overall enhancement of the recovery process. Recovery is an ongoing and evolving process requiring frequent appraisal of problem areas and concerns potentially interfering with this process. Staff and consumers collaboratively develop individualized treatment plans encompassing the holistic ideology of healing body, mind, and spirit.

Chemical abuse and dependency are viewed as a family illness. Recovery is strongly influenced by the participation of family members and significant others in the treatment process.

Treatment is most effective when there is a commitment to provide a continuum of care for the individuals and families affected by substance abuse or dependency. We are dedicated and committed to providing a continuum of care, as well as, to collaborate and cooperate with other professionals, agencies, facilities, and support groups within the community.

Services include:
To request substance abuse services please call:
  • 240-313-3310 - Adults
  • 240-313-3314 - Adolescents
Subsatance Abuse Prevention
The substance abuse prevention program is committed to providing evidence-based programs that impact the Washington County community as a whole. As the lead substance abuse prevention agency within Washington County, the program coordinates existing prevention activities and inter-agency programs. Program staff works in partnership with individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, and local and state agencies to help prevent or delay the onset of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and abuse.

  • DARE to Be You (DTBY) focuses on positive development of youth and prevention of problem behaviors through training, curriculum, and technical assistance. Through a partnership with Head Start of Washington County, families with a pre-school aged child (focus child), 2-5 years of age, are eligible to enroll through Head Start. Siblings of the focus child are also included in the 12-week program.

  • Project Alert works directly with adolescents who are identified as at-risk for substance use/abuse. Adolescents referred for services are assessed by the Adolescent Outpatient Treatment Program and are assigned a level of care. Those identified as at-risk are recommended to attend the 6-week drug and alcohol At-Risk Program. Students identified as in need of treatment will receive services through the Adolescent Addictions Outpatient Treatment Program

  • Second Step is a violence prevention program that focuses on youth 12-17 years of age. The program aims to decrease aggressive behavior and increase positive goal setting among participants. The 15-session program helps students learn the protective skills to make good choices and stay engaged in school despite the pitfalls of substance abuse, bullying, cyber bullying, and peer pressure.

  • Tobacco Adolescent Program (TAP) is for youth 12-18 years of age who are currently using tobacco products and who wish to quit. Classes are offered in 8 sessions throughout the year at the Health Department's Division of Addictions & Mental Health Services. In partnership with the Tobacco Coalition, TAP is also offered during Stop Smoking for Life class sessions, allowing adolescents of smoking parents to receive services during the same meeting time/date as their parents. Prevention Program staff also assist the WCPS to implement the program to students who have been referred from school administrators for disciplinary sanctions involving tobacco use.

  • Guiding Good Choices (GGC) is a 6-week parenting skills program offered to parents who wish to strengthen their relationship with their children, 9-14 years of age (grades 4-8). This is accomplished by increasing self-awareness and self-confidence in parenting skills capabilities, appropriate rule-setting, increasing communications skills and modeling positive behavior(s) for their children. The objective of Guiding Good Choices is to strengthen all aspects of parenting to deter adolescent substance use/abuse. The program is offered to both the general community and the jail population at the Washington County Detention Center.

  • Botvin's Life Skills Training (LST) aims to eliminate or substantially decrease adolescent substance use during an 8-session program. The adolescent curriculum is for youth in grades 6-12. The elementary curriculum is for youth in grades 4 and 5. The elementary portion of the curriculum is also implemented through CSAFE to service both fourth and fifth graders as an after-school program at four elementary school sites (Fountaindale Elementary, Winter Street Elementary, Bester Elementary and Eastern Elementary). If participants of the program are suspected of substance use, the program facilitator recommends an evaluation and refers the student's parent(s) to the Adolescent Addictions Outpatient Treatment Program for a drug and alcohol assessment for their child. LST participants can be referred to the Tobacco Adolescent Program if they voluntarily wish to discontinue their use of tobacco products.

  • Student Assistance Program (SAP) is an intervention program utilized within all public schools in Maryland. Washington County Public Schools implements SAP at every middle and high school in the county. Through a partnership with the WCPS, the Prevention Program's staff functions as Health Department representatives on each of the teams in the middle and high schools. This enables the SAP teams the ability to refer adolescents and their families to the appropriate services and/or levels of care.

  • Drug & Alcohol Presentations are available to anyone in Washington County who wishes to educate community members (adult, adolescent and child) on substance use and abuse. Drug and/or alcohol topics include but are not limited to the dangers of use, the physiological effects of use/abuse, current and local trends, identification, refusal skills, early detection of use/abuse, etc. Presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of the group.
For additional program information, please call: 240-313-3356
Mental Health Services
We recognize that addiction does not always exist as an isolated disease.  Individuals often experience other medical and/or psychiatric illnesses.  To this end, we provide treatment by licensed therapiststo co-existing diagnoses.  However, substance abuse and dependence remain our primary focal point of treatment.  Services include:
  • Individual, group, and couples therapy
  • Psychiatric evaluations
  • Medication management
  • Trauma group


To request Mental Health services please call:  240-313-3310


Reentry Case Management & Family Reunification Program

During incarceration, the program is designed to assist incarcerated parents with family support through opportunities in
  • Reunifying with their children during incarceration through supervised video visitation sessions
  • Participating in services
    • Substance Abuse Treatment services
    • Parenting services
    • Education services
    • Anger and Aggression Management services
    • Trauma Informed services
    • Mental Health Counseling services
    • Sexually Transmitted Infections services
  • Receiving Vivitrol medication management services
Post incarceration, the program is designed to assist participants with opportunities in obtaining
  • Employment/Job Training services (referral)
  • Education services (referral)
  • Housing services
  • Health Care/Medical Insurance services
  • Life skills services (referral)
  • Parenting services
  • Mediation services (referral)
  • Relapse Prevention services
  • Substance abuse treatment services
  • Mental health referral and counseling services (referral)
Eligibility Requirements for the Incarcerated Parent
  • Currently a resident of Washington County
  • Currently detained at the Washington County Detention Center
  • History of substance abuse
  • Must have physical custody or financially supporting their children prior to incarceration
  • Legally permitted to have contact with their children
  • Family commitment and willingness to participate in the program
For additional program information, please call 240-313-2162.
AA and NA Schedules

We provide extensive exposure to recovery principles and the removal of barriers preventing acceptance of those principles. We highly value the fellowship and support of 12-Step programs. A thorough orientation to 12-Step recovery principles is essential to the treatment and recovery process for individuals and families affected by substance abuse or dependency . We provide exposure to 12-step recovery principles, participation in 12-step programs, and actively participate in the local recovery community. We believe building a strong network of support is essential for recovering addicts and alcoholics to maintain sobriety and grow in recovery.

View a schedule of AA or NA meetings:
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Prevention Services 240-313-3314
This program coordinates existing prevention activities and interagency programs. Outreach services are also provided to promote healthy lifestyles and empower individuals to assume greater responsibility for their own health. Target populations for programming include families, at-risk youth, minorities, special interest populations, and community groups.
Services provided include, but are not limited to, the following:
·        HIV health education and risk reduction
·        Community-based prevention programs
·        Community outreach & awareness activities
Stop Smoking for Life 240-313-3314
FREE tobacco cessation classes and individual consultations!  Classes meet for eight (8) weeks over a four week period.  Classes are held at the Health Department and throughout Washington County.  Cessation aids such as nicotine replacement patches are available to eligible Washington County residents while supplies last.  The staff is also available for community and worksite presentations about the dangers of tobacco, nicotine addiction and second hand smoke.