Mental Health Program
The Board of Child Care’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic helps children and their families navigate difficult times. Our team of licensed clinical therapists and a child psychiatrist work with our clients to address multiple and complex needs through emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric treatments. We aim to keep families intact and allow children to grow into healthy, productive adults. The clinic is located in Pasadena, Maryland and serves children from ages 3 to 18.
- Individual, family and group therapy
- Psychiatric services, including medication management
- Specialty in play therapy
- Speciality in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Anger management training
- Social skills training
- Behavior management/parenting skills training
- Health promotion and training
- Referral services
- Supplemental case management
EXAMPLE CONDITIONS TREATED
- Grief and loss
- Low self-esteem
- Anger and aggreession
- Peer difficulties and bullying
- Behavioral problems
- History of abuse
- Life crisis
- Family conflict
- Difficulty managing change
- Chronic mental health problems
HOURS AND FEES
The Outpatient Mental Health Clinic is open Monday -Thursday, 8 am–8 pm, Friday, 8 am–5 pm, and on weekends through emergency on-call services.
Medicaid and sliding scale fees are accepted.
CONTACT THE OUTPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC
8028 Ritchie Highway, Suite 312
Pasadena, MD 21122
The article below is from the August 2014 edition of our Keywords newsletter:
Mental Health Clinic Enjoys Tremendous Program Growth
Staff are on pace for a record year
Fourteen years ago, a small group of clinicians opened their doors to the Pasadena community. Their goal was simple: help children and their families navigate difficult times in their lives regardless of their ability to pay.
“There has been a clear and growing demand for mental health services for youth and families in the Anne Arundel County area,” said Andrea Carroll, Director of BCC’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (OMHC). When she took the reins in January of 2012, the clinic served ninety clients. Just a year later, they reached their maximum capacity of 113 clients and had to begin referring new clients to other facilities.
“My hat is certainly off to Andrea and her entire team,” said BCC’s President, Laurie Anne Spagnola. “When I met them for the first time this summer I could see immediately why they have enjoyed this tremendous success. You cannot help but feel calm and at ease the second you walk through their clinic’s door.”
In July the OMHC welcomed Jamie Woods, LGSW, as their newest full-time therapist. Her addition brings the clinic’s capacity up to 150 clients.
Yet rest does not appear to be in the stars for Carroll and her team. In 2013, the clinic took on 56 new individuals as clients. In the 2nd quarter of 2014 alone they have conducted 33 new client intakes - more than double their average.
“I am incredibly pleased we have been able to grow so much this year,” said Carroll. “My hope is to continue expanding our services to meet the needs of children and families in our community.”
The clinic serves as more than just a space to heal. Last fall the Board of Child Care Auxiliary helped create a Thanksgiving meal box for each family who requested one. Later, they opened a Christmas store for those using the clinic who otherwise could not have afforded to shop for presents that year. Enough presents were donated that the OMHC was able to open the store to all families serviced by the clinic. Some parents “shopped” for gifts to give their children, some families let the children choose their own gifts. Some children even took the opportunity to select gifts for those they care about.
The OMHC has nine current staff members: one director, three full-time child and family therapists, two part-time therapists, two administrative staff, and one part-time psychiatrist.
Pictured above from left to right: Andrea Carroll, LCPC, Jenn Hamersky, LCPC, Susan Larson, MD, Sara Linnehan, LCSW-C, Candis Johnson, Jamie Woods, LGSW, and Marcy Windsor.