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Clinical Programs

The University of Maryland Medical System, in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry, operates a large clinical service program. Major divisions of this program include general adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and community psychiatry. Drug and alcohol abuse services cut across all of these divisions. See below for descriptions of our various programs. Schedule an appointment. 

Child and Adolescent Services

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) operates a 12-bed inpatient behavioral health unit for children (age 12 and under), a child day hospital and an outpatient clinic. In FY‘08, the inpatient unit admitted 254 children, with an average length of stay of 7.4 days. The day hospital saw 1,353 visits and the outpatient clinic 5,073 visits. Over 50% of the admissions to this inpatient unit come from the Medical Center Emergency Department. Our child and adolescent programs also include the Center for Infant Studies, Center for Attention and Developmental Disorders and the School-Based Mental Health Program. This last program is one of two federally funded Centers for School-Based Mental Health in the United States and provides services to children and adolescents in more than 20 Baltimore City schools.

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General Adult Services

The University of Maryland Medical Center operates 31 general adult inpatient beds, an adult day hospital and a general adult clinic. In FY’08, the inpatient units admitted 925 patients, with an average LOS of 11.0 days. The day hospital provided 1,125 visits, the outpatient clinic 4,513 visits and our Psychiatric Emergency service 2,547 visits. The Department is in the process of planning for more specialized programs within its adult service line, including a Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program and a Psychosis Care Program.

Consultation Liaison

The Division of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry consists of an adult inpatient consultation service to the medical and surgical services at UMMC and Shock Trauma, inpatient and outpatient psycho-oncology services to the patients served by the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, specialized inpatient and outpatient consultation services to the UMMC Transplant Service (liver/kidney/heart/lung/face), outpatient services within the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, outpatient mental health and substance abuse services within the UMMC HIV program, outpatient services to patient and families coping with medical illness within the Division’s Medical Crisis Counseling Center, and an outpatient consultation service to the State of Maryland’s Department of Education’s Workforce and Technology Center.  

In FY’11 the CL division provided initial consultations to 1,202 inpatients in UMMC/Shock Trauma, 191 services to the patients in the Cancer Center, 164 consultations to the Transplant Program, 146 outpatient visits in the Diabetes Center, 2,842 patient visits in the UMMS HIV program, 298 visits in the Medical Crisis Counseling center, and 1,342 hours of services to the State of Maryland’s Department of Education’s Workforce and Technology Center. 

Geriatric Psychiatry

The University of Maryland Medical Center operates a 13-bed geriatric psychiatry inpatient service, a geriatrics day hospital and an outpatient clinic. In FY’08, the inpatient unit admitted 313 patients with an average LOS of 11.4 days. The day hospital provided 1,546 visits and the outpatient clinic 2,363 visits.

Community Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry, in conjunction with the State Mental Hygiene Administration and more recently with the University of Maryland Medical System (following privatization of State outpatient services in 1991), has a long history of serving patients in the public sector in the Baltimore metropolitan area. In FY '08 the Division of Community Psychiatry clinics provided 37,380 services to over 1550 patients. In addition, the division operates several specialized community services, including a Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) for adults and children (170 patients), a psychosocial rehabilitation program (21,450), a community support program (626 services), and a 52 bed residential program for homeless persons with severe mental illness.

Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

The Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse is a separate division within the Department, but its services cut across all other divisions. In FY’08, the division provided approximately 4,040 consultations to about 10% of the Medical Center’s patients. In addition, the Division provided 6,072 visits at its Intensive Outpatient Clinic, 4,035 visits at its Maternal Substance Abuse Clinic, and 9,000 visits in its Methadone Clinic (not including greater than 100,000 medication visits). Among the other innovative clinical programs offered by the Division with funding from the State of Maryland and Baltimore City are its Needle Exchange Program, Deaf Addiction Program, and Addiction Services for Post-Partum Women. This last program provides childcare services for addicted mothers while they attend treatment.

The MD3 (MarylanD M.D.s Making a Difference) program is based in the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and is supported by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). MD3 is a comprehensive and innovative training program designed to increase residency education in basic topics related to substance abuse with an emphasis on Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment (SBIRT) of individuals who misuse, abuse or are dependent on substances including illegal drugs, prescription medications, alcohol and nicotine.

Telemental Health

We are looking to establish a Telemental Health Center of Excellence that will develop coordinated, cost-effective telemental health care services across Maryland, particularly in areas that have a shortage of mental health professionals and facilities. Resources would be flexible, to allow them to be allocated where and when they are needed. Our primary goal is to provide access to culturally competent mental health and substance abuse care via telemental health technologies, with emphasis on especially vulnerable populations: Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Children, Adolescents, Veterans located in rural areas, victims of domestic or sexual violence, perinatal mental health issues, and non-English speaking persons with mental health issues. The Child Psychiatry Division is using video conferencing to provide mental health consultation to the Prince Georges County Schools and the Baltimore City School System.

Behavioral Health Services

The Department of Psychiatry offers a variety of Behavioral Health Services including Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and Team Assistance Programs (TAP) to key organizations in the Baltimore area. The primary EAP/TAP programs that are directed by the Department include: 

  • University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) 
  • Faculty Physicians Incorporated (FPI) 
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) 
  • Baltimore Orioles  
  • Other smaller groups are also covered  

EAP services, substance abuse prevention, education and mental skills training are offered to sports teams, including the Baltimore Orioles Major League and Minor League Teams.   

Other organizations have contracted for psychiatric services such as: consultation, treatment, evaluation and medication management. These organizations include: the Tuerk House Drug Treatment Program, Guadenzia Drug Treatment Center and UCARE primary care sites in West Baltimore. 

The University of Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling is located in the Department of Psychiatry, and is designed to address the problem gambling service needs for the state of Maryland. These services include but are not limited to:

  • Problem Gambling Helpline services and referral,  
  • Clinical, prevention and general public training and education programs, plus 
  • Recommendations for the delivery of treatment services to problem gamblers and their families/significant others.  

To further the training goals of the Center of Excellence we are committed to development of inter-disciplinary expertise among the professional schools at the University of Maryland. This will ensure that facts, information, and resources are not just made available to current treatment providers but to those in training now and in the future. The Center will build capacity for treatment, outreach and prevention by holding local, regional and statewide trainings on a regular basis.  

We will contribute to a better understanding of effective programs and services by evaluating the gambling use disorder and those affected by problem gamblers. The Center will be able to establish one of the nation’s most comprehensive Resource Centers on problem gambling and make it available to every clinician in our network 

Other Clinical Services

In addition to these clinical services operated by the University of Maryland Medical Center, Department faculty provide physician services to the Baltimore VA Medical Center (inpatient and outpatient) and the State-operated Walter P. Carter Center. Faculty participate in a private group practice as part of the School of Medicine’s University Physicians group. In FY’06 the Department faculty practice provided over 5,000 visits. Our practice group also functions as the behavioral health employee assistance program for the Baltimore Orioles.

Find out more about our clinical services and how to schedule an appointment.