Local Phone:  410-402-8198

​​Beginning October 1, 2016, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) will begin accepting applications for licenses under new regulations for community based behavioral health programs (COMAR 10.63) with licenses being issued beginning in January 2017. ​

The Behavioral Health Unit is the licensing and approval agent for the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and as such, its primary function is to ensure that consumers in the state of Maryland receive quality behavioral health services. This is achieved through the regulatory process as governed by the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 10 Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Subtitle 63 Community-Based Behavioral Health Programs and Services.

The Behavioral Health Unit licenses the following types of programs:
  • ​Group Homes for Adults with Mental Illness
  • ​Mental Health Vocational Programs
  • Mobile Treatment Services
  • Outpatient Mental Health Centers
  • Psychiatric Day Treatment Services, Partial Hospitalization Programs
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs​
  • Residential Rehabilitation Programs
  • Respite Care Services
  • Therapeutic Group Homes
  • Substance Use Disorder Providers
  • Ambulatory Detoxification Programs
  • Correctional Substance Abuse Programs
  • DWI Education Programs
  • Opioid Maintenance Therapy Programs
  • Outpatient Treatment Programs
  • Residential Detoxification Treatment Programs
  • Residential Programs​