Anne Arundel County leaders and educators convened Tuesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) for “No Wrong Door, Hope for Recovery,” a day-long symposium to commemorate the 25th anniversary of AAMC’s substance abuse and mental health treatment facility, Pathways. Speakers and guests discussedthe county’s latest efforts to address mental health and substance abuse in our youth and community.
In remarks during the symposium, AAMC’s Executive Vice President of Integrated Care Delivery and Chief Operating Officer Maulik Joshi underscored AAMC’s continued efforts to increase critical mental health services in the county.
“We remain committed to improving access and providing high-quality addiction treatment and mental health care to all in need in our community.” Part of that commitment, Joshi said, is working to establish AAMC’s proposed mental health hospital. AAMC’s mental health hospital would double Anne Arundel County’s inventory of mental health beds, and serve up to 900 patients a year who would otherwise be transferred out of AAMC’s care.
AAMC filed a Certificate of Need (CON) application with the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) in 2016 to gain approval to establish the mental health hospital. The MHCC must grant the CON before this service is available to the community.
The event concluded Tuesday evening with a keynote address by former congressman and mental health advocate Patrick Kennedy.
Kennedy discussed his work to combat medical and societal discrimination against mental illness and addiction. “Today, mental health and addiction is separate and unequal from the rest of medicine,” Kennedy declared. In his talk, he opened up about his own battle with substance abuse and mental illness.
The day’s speakers also included: State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County Wes Adams, Director of Anne Arundel County Crisis Response System Jen Corbin, Major for Anne Arundel County Police Ross Passman, Author Lisa Hillman, WBAL Anchor Keith Mills, Executive Director of Maryland Addictions Directors Council Tracey Myers-Preston, and members of AAMC leadership.
25 Years of Care
Over its existence, Pathways has helped more than 50,000 people find their path to recovery. The 40-bed freestanding complex on the outskirts of Annapolis is open 24 hours a day for inpatient and outpatient treatment. The facility provides care not only to residents in the immediate surrounding areas, but also for those from nearby states. Pathways serves as a primary addiction resource with innovative programs, such as:
• A family wellness workshop that educates family members on how they can assist in the recovery process.
• Pathways nurse liaison program, which helps facilitate admission and treatment of substance abuse clients that are already admitted to AAMC or the emergency department.
• A prevention program partnership with Anne Arundel County Public School’s to provide substance abuse education to area faculty and students.
Patients are referred to Pathways by health care providers, family members, educators, alumni, state and local agencies, etc. To refer patients, or to request an evaluation, call Pathways at 410-573-5400 or at 800-322-5858.