Treatment and Recovery Services Unit

​​​​ The Treatment and Recovery Services Unit ensures an integrated system of behavioral health treatment and recovery services are available and accessible to individuals experiencing substance-related disorders.  In collaboration with the Office of Adult and Specialized Behavioral Health Services, the unit is responsible for the development and monitoring of effective behavioral health treatment and substance-related recovery services and the implementation of evidence-based practices and standards statewide.  The unit aims to increase access to appropriate clinical and recovery support services, improve treatment outcomes; and to provide education on, and increase the public’s awareness of the risks associated with substance use. The unit also allocates and monitors the use of federal and state fiscal resources, provides training and technical assistance to jurisdictions and service providers, and monitors the achievement of outcome and performance measures.

Clinical Services
 
Clinical services are offered through a continuum of treatment modalities/levels of care that promote public health and safety of patients, families, and communities.  The modalities are community and jail-based and consist of Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, Inpatient and Residential treatment (see Halfway House), DWI/DUI education, detoxification services, and Opioid Maintenance Therapy which uses pharmacological (medication assisted) interventions to provide treatment and recovery support to opioid-addicted patients.
 
Halfway House: Halfway House is clinically managed, low-intensity, structured residential care with at least 5 hours a week of on-site treatment that is delivered by a certified or licensed counselor/therapist. Individuals must meet American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria for admission. This housing type is considered level of care 111.1 and is monitored by the Office of Quality Assurance.
 
Recovery Support Services
 
Maryland RecoveryNet:  Maryland RecoveryNet develops partnerships with service providers statewide and funds access to clinical and recovery support services for individuals with substance-related disorders and substance-related disorders co-occurring with mental health conditions who have treatment and recovery support needs.  All Maryland RecoveryNet service recipients receive Care Coordination through which they can access a menu of services which includes Halfway House, recovery housing, transportation, employment services, vital records reports, medical and dental services, and other unmet needs as expressed by the individual and/or identified by the Care Coordinator.
 
Continuing Care: Continuing Care is available to individuals who no longer meet ASAM criteria for a more intensive level of care, affording them the opportunity to maintain an ongoing relationship with their substance use treatment provider.  Key components of this program include flexibility in frequency of contact between clinician and patient, phone-based risk assessment (recovery check-up) and counseling, face-to-face sessions, transfer back to a higher level of care if warranted, and referral for support services (e.g., housing, employment, access to medical care, etc.) as needed.
 
State Care Coordination: State Care Coordination is an activity designed to improve recovery outcomes for individuals identified as at high risk for relapse.  Individuals in the program are assisted with gaining access to community/faith-based medical, behavioral, social and other recovery support services appropriate to their needs and includes recovery assessment, care planning, referral/linkage, on-going monitoring, and follow-up. For additional information, contact the Coordination of Care Program Manager, Risa Davis @ 410.402.8425 or risa.davis@maryland.gov​

 
Recovery Community Centers (RCC): Recovery Community is a term used to convey the sense of shared identity and mutual support of persons who are part of the social world of individuals in recovery. BHA now has twenty funded Recovery Community Centers. These centers are designed to be a safe haven for those in recovery to convene and a place where interested persons in recovery can obtain a multitude of services to support a healthy and recovering lifestyle.  Services include: 12-step support meetings, Meditation sessions, Care Coordination/enrollment into MD RecoveryNet, Peer Support group, Recovery Coaching, computer access, and discussions on HIV, mental health, and tobacco use.  Some RCCs serve as an access point linking individuals needing somatic care, behavioral health care, and/or insurance. For additional information, contact Patricia Konyeaso at 410- 402-8595.
 
Peer Support/Recovery Coaching:  Peer Support/Recovery Coaching services involve the development of a supportive peer relationship with individuals that will assist in developing healthy living skills, and the acquisition and enhancement of recovery self-management skills.  Peer services are facilitated by Certified Peer Recovery Specialists (CPRS) in consideration of the four domains: Advocacy, Recovery and Wellness, Mentoring and Education, and Ethical Responsibility.   CPRS are certified by the Maryland Addictions Professional Certification Board.  Peer activities may include but are not limited to accompanying individuals to appointments/meetings and leisure activities, providing assistance with completing paperwork for social services and other support services, providing assistance/preparation for employment such as shopping for work related clothing, coaching to prepare for an interview. For additional information, contact Leslie Woolford at 410-402-8673.
Access to Services: For more information, contact Acting Unit Director Kimberly Qualls at 410 402 8661 or kimberly.qualls@maryland.gov. Information about services in Baltimore City and the Maryland counties is available from the Local Addiction Authorities for each county and Baltimore City. A complete directory with contact information can be obtained online at 

Kimberly Qualls, Acting Unit Director
Systems Integration/Community Liaison
410 402 8661​