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 FY15, AAMC transferred more than 1,100 patients from its ED to a mental health unit outside Anne Arundel County. ED transfers are difficult to arrange and cause delays in treatment

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.

In March 2016, AAMC filed a CON application with the MHCC to gain approval to establish a mental health hospital for adults. The MHCC must grant the CON before this service is available to the community.

The data is provided from the Anne Arundel Medical Center Mental Health Certificate of Need filing, Kent County 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment and the Prince Georges County 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.