Maryland Behavioral Health Coalition

The Maryland Behavioral Health Coalition brings together 100+ mental health and substance use disorder organizations that represent consumers, advocates, family members, service providers, and behavioral health professionals. We are united in our mission to ensure that Marylanders have access to quality behavioral health services when and where needed.

Since its inception in 1993, the Coalition has achieved numerous legislative and policy victories in behavioral health. These include the passage of the Maryland Mental Health Parity Law, the establishment of an integrated, performance-based public behavioral health system, and the protection and expansion of funding for mental health and substance use disorder services.

Check out the current Behavioral Health Coalition’s advocacy campaign and get more involved at our Equal Treatment Maryland website.

Read the coalition’s 2023 policy agenda

Equal Treatment Maryland

In 2023, the Maryland Behavioral Health Coalition launched the Equal Treatment Maryland campaign as a coordinated effort to educate elected officials about the rising demand for mental health and substance use care. The Coalition believes Marylanders should have access to culturally competent behavioral health care that promotes recovery and resiliency, outcomes should drive care delivery and efficient use of resources, and care should be available to all regardless of age, race, gender or insurance status. The campaign is working to enact policies to ensure all Marylanders have access to quality behavioral health care when and where needed.

The Equal Treatment Maryland campaign had a highly successful 2023 Legislative Session, with legislation enacted for each of the priorities outlined in the campaign’s 2023 Behavioral Health Crisis Prevention Platform. Go here for a full list of successes.

To join the Maryland Behavioral Health Coalition, or for more information, please contact:

Dan Martin
Senior Director of Public Policy
443-901-1550, ext. 208

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