One of the toughest problems our community faces today is the behavioral health and opioid crisis. Substance use and the number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths in Maryland is skyrocketing. And it’s happening in every neighborhood—in families, to young people, among senior citizens and amidst all races and socio-economic backgrounds.

Behavioral health refers to an individual’s psychological and emotional well-being. It affects how we think, how we feel and can even play a big part in how we control our actions and conduct ourselves. Behavioral health issues can include mood disorders, anxiety, depression and also excessive alcohol consumption and substance use. Generally speaking, behavioral health issues have long been some of the most undiagnosed and under-treated conditions. 

One in five people suffers from a behavioral health condition and many people who are admitted to the hospital have an underlying behavioral health issue, including alcohol and/or substance use and mood disorders. 

People who experience behavioral health issues or who struggle with substance use don’t always know where to turn for help. In Harford County, the tide is turning as officials and health care providers realize the urgency and immediate need for more care and more funds to be allocated to treating behavioral health and substance use issues. 

Learn about The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center.