DIVISION OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Monday-Thursday 8:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M.
Friday 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M.
Charles County Mental Health Services is a program within the Division of Behavioral Health and is part of the Charles County Department of Health. The Mental Health Services program provides outpatient mental health treatment services to the residents of Charles County and the surrounding areas.
Program Director: Interim Director, Deputy Health Officer James Bridgers, Ph.D.
Medical Director: Ijaz Khan, M.D.
Clinical Supervisors: Jaime Barnes, LCPC and Birgit Locklear, LCSW-C
As part of our multidisciplinary team, our clinical staff consists of all -at minimum- masters level, fully licensed professionals.
Who Do We Serve?
Our outpatient mental health clinic provides behavioral health services to residents of this county and other surrounding areas. Starting treatment age for therapy is age six and upward. Currently, medication management services are provided to clients ages 18 and above. Conditions treated range from severe reactions to stress, bereavement, partner or parenting problems, domestic violence, treatment of depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorder, psychotic disorders, trauma treatment, anger management, and many other situations leading to stress and reduction of enjoyment of life, such as chronic pain conditions. We also support clients living with substance use conditions by collaborating closely with treatment and recovery programs both inside the Health Department as well as outside resources.
What Services Do We Offer?
Mental Health Services offered include individual, group, and family psychotherapy using evidence based practices. We also offer psychiatric evaluations and medication management services. In addition, our clinic offers an Anger Management Program. All our treatment approaches are evidence based and include (but are not limited to) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Based Therapy, Mindfulness and Stress Reduction, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and many others. All our treatment approaches utilize a person centered, trauma informed approach.
Furthermore, our licensed clinicians will be happy to refer our clients, if applicable, to community resources such as supported employment, psychiatric rehab programs, housing programs, and case management agencies to help craft the strongest possible support network, allowing for a full and meaningful life in the community.
What Insurance is Accepted?
- Maryland Medicaid
Please contact our front desk for an exact listing of any other insurance plans we accept, and for self-payment fees.
How Do I Start Services?
All referral sources are accepted.
Please start your treatment process by calling 301-609-6700 to schedule an intake assessment appointment by our clinicians. Evaluation for psychiatric services are scheduled following clinical intake assessment.
You can also stop by our clinic front desk to obtain information regarding treatment and eligibility.
All services are governed by strict confidentiality laws we share with our Substance Use Treatment and Prevention Services partners. Per client request and consent, we also are happy to collaborate with stakeholders and supporters in our clients’ lives, reflecting our belief in a person centered, holistic approach to delivering services at our agency.
Anger Management Group to start November 30th, Thursdays 5:30-6:30; 12 week program, Contact Jaime Barnes at 301-609-6700
Parenting Group, Call Candie Simpson for details at 301-609-6700
TREM – Trauma Recovery and Empowerment for women
Wednesday Group- 33 week program, Wednesdays 11am
Tuesday Group- 33 week program, Tuesdays 1 pm
Look for M-Trem Trauma Recovery and Empowerment for Men in 2018!
More groups to come- please check back or call our clinic with suggestions and community needs.
What is Trauma Informed Care?
Here is the official definition: Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.
In everyday language, it is a mindset to understand that most people we will come in contact with have experienced some sort of trauma and loss that might influence their reactions. We also have to be mindful of how our own history, attachment history, parenting history, relationship history, work history etc affects OUR reactions.
For a video on trauma informed care, click here.
Please call Birgit Locklear for more information: 301-609-6729
Front Desk Phone: 301-609-6700
After hour, Non-Emergency Phone: 301-609-3599