Inpatient Services

Shore Behavioral Health Services includes a secured 24-bed inpatient treatment center. Located in the UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, this unit was extensively renovated and expanded in 2013, and now houses a comprehensive program serving patients with psychiatric disorders and substance abuse/addiction issues. Our programs include group, individual and family therapy as well as education and activities to improve a patient's mental health and well-being.

The staff strive to offer collaborative, compassionate, community based care to those in need of behavioral health services. We embrace patient responsibility, evidence based practice, and an integrated, recovery-oriented approach. We are supportive and caring for both the patient and his or her chosen family. Many patients admitted to the inpatient unit at Shore Behavioral Health come from within the five-county Mid-Shore region (Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties), but the unit also serves patients from all over the Delmarva Peninsula.

Patients can be admitted to the Behavioral Health Unit when they are identified as presenting an immediate danger to themselves or others if they do not receive treatment for psychiatric disorders. Many of these patients are also battling substance use disorders and our staff is very skilled in working with addictions and setting up recovery plans.

For more information about inpatient services of Shore Behavioral Health, please contact the Rapid Assessment Team at 410-822-1000, ext. 2112.

Behavioral Health Response Team

Behavioral Health Response Team is a group of licensed mental health professionals at UM Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown, Dorchester and Easton with educational backgrounds in nursing, psychology, and social work. Their job is to perform mental health and substance abuse evaluations and referrals to consumers in our hospitals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This includes emergency room assessments, medical floor consultations, debriefing medical staff, crisis counseling, and bereavement counseling. In addition, the team answers calls from individuals in the community about emergency services and outpatient and inpatient resources.

Outpatient Treatment for Alcohol and Drug Problems

  • Assessments and evaluations
  • Referrals for inpatient and detoxification
  • Individualized treatment and attention
  • Intensive outpatient group therapy
  • Encouragement and counseling for full life assessment, needed change and growth
  • Family education
  • Certification by Maryland's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration
  • Interaction with legal system as needed – experience with Drug Courts
  • Acceptance of most insurances
  • Peer Support and Advocacy

More Information

Sharon Dundon
410-822-1000, ext. 5452

Lisa Flynn
410-822-1000, ext. 5637