General Information

Director’s Greeting

Brian Hepburn

Welcome to the Mental Hygiene Administration!

The Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA) is a part of the Behavioral Health and Disabilities portion of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH.)  Partner agencies within DHMH that provide behavioral health and/or disability services are the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration and the Developmental Disabilities Administration.

MHA is responsible for the delivery of public mental health services that are provided and funded through a fee-for-services system.  These services are provided either through facilities operated by MHA or through community service agencies.

MHA operates five inpatient psychiatric hospitals and two residential treatment centers for children and adolescents.  The inpatient hospitals are the Eastern Shore Hospital Center in Cambridge (Dorchester County), the Thomas B. Finan Center in Cumberland (Allegany County), the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup (Howard County), the Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville (Baltimore County) and the Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville (Carroll County.)  The treatment centers for adolescents and children – known as RICA (Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents) are located in near Baltimore Cityand in Rockville,Montgomery County. 

In the community setting, MHA funds community mental health services for individuals who are eligible for Medicaid.  Services are also provided to those, who because of the severity of their illness and their financial need, qualify to receive state-subsidized services.

These services are provided by 19 Core Service Agencies (CSA) located across Maryland.  The CSAs contract for services that include peer support programs, training and others not reimbursed through the fee-for-service system.  Click here for more information about the CSAs and where they are located.

Many benefit packages are available through the Public Mental Health System.  These include:

  • Psychiatric Inpatient Care.
  • Psychiatric Day Treatment (partial hospitalization).
  • Residential Treatment.
  • Respite services.
  • Outpatient Mental Health Clinic services.
  • Individual mental health practitioner services.
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program services.
  • Residential Rehabilitation Program services.
  • Assertive Community Treatment services.
  • Mobile Treatment services.
  • Case Management services.
  • Supported Employment and Vocational services.
  • Residential Crisis services.
  • Mental Health-related Laboratory services.
  • PRTF (Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility) Waiver services.


Our Mission

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Behavioral Health and Disabilities will develop an integrated process for planning, policy, and services to ensure a coordinated quality system of care is available to individuals with behavioral health conditions and developmental disabilities.  The Mental Hygiene Administration will, through publicly-funded services and supports, promote recovery, resiliency, and health for individuals who have emotional or psychiatric disorders.

Our Vision

The Vision of our public mental health system is drawn from fundamental core commitments:

  • Coordinated, quality system of care.
  • A full range of services available.
  • Seamless linkages to services for the consumer delivered through a system of integrated care.
  • Recognition that co-occurring and co-morbid conditions are the norm.
  • Focus on treatment, behavioral health, support, recovery, and resilience.
  • Services developed in collaboration with culturally competent stakeholders in an environment that is culturally sensitive.
  • Improved health, wellness, and quality of life for consumers.