Your support for Denim and Diamonds will directly support AAMC’s efforts to increase mental health services. AAMC’s goal is to offer the right treatment at the right time, and require inpatient admissions only when necessary for the patient. When complete, the campus will provide:

  • Inpatient mental health care.
  • A psychiatric partial hospitalization program.
  • Intensive outpatient programs.
  • Residential and outpatient substance use services.
  • Referral and care coordination to community-based treatment and support services.

THE NEED

The number of Anne Arundel County residents seeking mental health services increased by 11 percent from 2013-2014.

More than 20% of Kent County middle schoolers and 18.3% of high schoolers reported that they considered attempting suicide within the past 12 months.

In Prince George’s county, there was a 28% increase in ED visits to MD Hospitals for mental health from 2010 to 2014.

In 2014, 56% of Queen Anne’s County patients admitted for mental health were admitted to facilities outside of the Eastern Shore. The majority were admitted to Baltimore County and Baltimore City facilities – approximately a 1 hour drive.

In 2017, AAMC’s Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments cared for 1,837 patients with a primary diagnosis of a mental health illness, including substance abuse, and the numbers continue to climb. In fact, our county leadership and the county’s recent Community Health Needs Assessment identified mental health as one of the most critical and unmet health issues facing our region.

ACCESS

AAMC’s mental health hospital will double Anne Arundel County’s inventory of mental health beds increase the inventory of mental health beds in our region by 33%, significantly improving access and proximity to inpatient mental health care for residents on the Eastern Shore and in Prince George’s County.

The hospital would be co-located with a psychiatric partial hospitalization program and potentially an outpatient mental health clinic on the same campus as AAMC’s Pathways treatment facility.

Offering a full spectrum of services at one location will allow for coordinated care and better outcomes.