Peer Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
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Maryland Peer Recovery Specialist Certification, Endorsements & Trainings
Maryland Addiction and Behavioral Health Professional Certification Board (MABPCB)
The Maryland Addiction and Behavioral-health Professionals Certification Board is a private, non-partisan corporation which offers voluntary international and state level credentials to the behavioral health worker. The Board, comprised of certified and licensed professionals and peer recovery specialists throughout the state, implements standards, testing and training for certifying addiction counselors, co-occurring disorders professionals, criminal justice addictions professionals, clinical supervisors, and peer recovery specialists and their supervisors. It also approves providers of continuing education training in Maryland. Links to these documents can be found on the Certification, CPRS, and Training pages. *Review Tabs under the header for Peer Related Trainings, Application and Resources
Behavioral Health Administration (BHA)
Office Consumer Affairs (OCA) primary functions
Maryland’s Public Behavioral Health System (PBHS) prides itself on its consumer-driven, consumer-focused service system. The Administration’s Office of Consumer Affairs has a leadership role in both policy and program development. The office coordinates with local peer support chapters, individual consumers, and consumer advocacy groups in efforts to improve services, and empower consumers throughout their recovery. In addition, the office, in conjunction with local Core Service Agencies, can assist consumers with their complaints and/or concerns regarding services received or treatment options.
OCA Peer Recovery Email ListServ
The Office of Consumer Affairs maintains an email listing of Peer Recovery Specialist and PRS Supervisors who are requesting information related to providing Recovery Support Services. The Office sends out information from all jurisdictions identifying training, resources, advocacy events, social engagement activities, and job opportunities for PRS.
To be added to the email list, please contact Adelaide Weber via email at (Adelaide.Weber@maryland.gov)
Naloxone Overdose Prevention
Naloxone-a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent overdose by opioids such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. It blocks opioid receptor sites, reversing the toxic effects of the overdose. Naloxone is administered when a patient is showing signs of opioid overdose. The medication can be given by intranasal spray, intramuscular (into the muscle), subcutaneous (under the skin), or intravenous injection. Get trained visit. dontdie.org/
Bmore Power is a peer-based group of individuals whose mission is to help people safeguard themselves and their communities.
Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition
Founded in 2011, Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition (BHRC) is a community-based organization that mobilizes community members for the health, dignity, and safety of people targeted by the war on drugs and anti sex-worker policies; we advocate for harm reduction as a part of a broader movement for social justice. We implement public health services and advocate for policies to expand harm reduction in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland. We believe in the value and dignity of all people and that we have a duty to assist in each other’s safety.
CHARM City Connection
Charm City Care Connection was founded in 2009 by local students in collaboration with East Baltimore community leaders. Together, students and community members envisioned a future free from disparities in health and health care access. Originally called Charm City Clinic, our organization was formed to improve the health of Baltimore’s residents and to increase future healthcare providers’ awareness of challenges that underserved communities face. We aim to strengthen our community and empower Baltimore’s poorest families through lasting relationships that promote health and wellness.
Baltimore Local Behavioral Health Authority
Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB)
Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established by Baltimore City to perform the function of managing Baltimore City’s behavioral health system—the system of care that addresses emotional health and well-being and provides services for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. We help guide innovative approaches to prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery for those who are dealing with mental health and substance use disorders to help build healthier individuals, stronger families and safer communities.
Maryland Health Departments
Maryland Recovery Residences Housing
Find a Certified Maryland Recovery Residence
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
NA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other and work together to help each other stay away from drugs usage and lead a healthy life.
Al Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.
Al-Anon, on the other hand, is a support group for family members of alcoholics. Alcoholism often results in emotionally destructive behavior, and spouses and children often endure the bulk of these outbursts. Even in the absence of Al-Anon offers a supportive environment to discuss and share feelings about this painful disease.
NAR-ANON / NARATEEN
The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to them. The programs are not religion-based but founded on a 12-step, spiritual way of life (nar-anon.org).
Narateen is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drug use.is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drug use.
Smart Recovery & Smart Family to Family Meetings
Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives guided by our science-based and sensible 4-Point Program®
Grief & Loss
Grief Recovery After Substance Use Passing ((GRASP)
For those who have lost someone to substance use or addiction.
Grief Support for Adult, Children and Family Support
Roberta’s House’s programs focus on restoring children and families to a place of wholeness by teaching coping skills that lead to positive outcomes. Our programs are free and offered to entire communities. As a family-centered and volunteer-driven organization our core value is HOPE; Honoring the memory of those who have died by Offering opportunities to learn Positive and Empowering grief experiences. Our programs are led by licensed professionals and trained volunteers who understand the impact of grief. We offer opportunities to support our programs through volunteer training, school support, professional seminars, workshops, bereavement ministry training, and development.
Grief Camp for Kids
Camp Erin a bereavement camp designed for children ages 6 – 17. Camp Erin blends the familiar environment of a fun-filled, high energy overnight camp with grief counseling, education, and emotional support. Through Camp Erin, children and teens with similar grief experiences can meet, make lasting friendships, and become camp buddies. Camp Erin teaches children how to cope with the loss of a loved one; children also learn to have fun again. The campsite is on the campgrounds of North Bay, right on the Chesapeake Bay. Camp activities include games, swimming, hiking, canoeing, zip lines, arts and crafts and more. Trained volunteers and professional counselors help guide the youth in sharing their stories, expressing their pain safely, and creating good memories. Camp Erin® Baltimore is in partnership with the Eluna Network. Camp Erin is held each year during August for two nights and three days.
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Maryland Food Bank
The Maryland Food Bank is happy to help you get the food you need.
Simply enter your zip code in the form below to search for nearby Maryland Food Bank partners organizations such as food pantries and soup kitchens. All listed partners are open to the public, but days and times they are available vary.
Baltimore Crisis Line
Baltimore City’s Crisis, Information and Referral Line (C,I&R) is a collaborative effort with Baltimore City Crisis Response (BCRI), Baltimore Child & Adolescent Response System (BCARS), Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB) and HCAM.
Maryland's Helpline is available 24/7 to provide support, guidance, and assistance.
Call 211, Press 1 or text your ZIP code to 898-211 (TXT-211)
National Suicide Prevention Life
LGBTQ Youth Trevor Lifeline
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. If you or a young LGBTQ person you care about is experiencing a crisis, please call the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386. The call is free and confidential.
Trevor Lifeline (Youth Support)
Call at 866-488-7386.
Crisis Text Line
serves anyone, 24/7 in any type of crisis
TEXT- TALK to 741741
Domestic Violence Help
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline
at 1-800-799-SAFE (that’s 1-800-799-7233) 24 hours a day. Their TTY number for hearing-impaired persons is 1-800-787-3224. You can also chat with the hotline online here
Human trafficking is a horrible crime that continues to exist in Maryland and affects all parts of the State. Three major airports, inexpensive bus transportation, train service along the east coast, large sporting events and disposable income makes Maryland an attractive destination for traffickers
Video on Human Trafficking
Be Free Textline
Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE)
National Human Trafficking Hotline
1-888-373-7888 (TTY: 711)
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Sex Trafficking Survivors Resource Guide
The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault is the federally recognized state sexual assault coalition. Its core membership is the 17-state rape crisis and recovery centers. Our mission is to help prevent sexual assault, advocate for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and work to hold offenders accountable.
Maryland Sex Offender Registry
Fact Sheet-Understanding Sex Offender Tiers
Tier I: This tier is the least restrictive of the three. People required to register under tier I must stay on the list for 15 years. People convicted of fourth degree sex offenses are included in this tier. It also includes, but is not limited to, video surveillance and/or “peeping” without the permission of the victim, child pornography material possession, misleading information on the internet and trafficking sex.
Tier II: This tier includes, but is not limited to, distributing child pornography, sale of a minor and any third-degree sex offense. People placed on this list must remain on it for 25 years.
Tier III: People on this tier level must remain on the list for the rest of their lives. The offenses include, but are not limited to rape of any type, incest, kidnapping, murder with the intention of raping, assault with the intention of raping, and the sale of a minor.
The law regarding the sex offenders list is retroactive. That means that anyone who was convicted of these crimes before the date the law went into effect in the state of Maryland must register. There are no exceptions.
Offenders must register within three days of being released from community supervision. If the offender is given jail time for the offense, he or she must register prior to release from prison. He or she must also register three days prior to moving from the state of Maryland.
The law requires that registrants report at various intervals during their tenure on the sex offense list. Tier I and Tier II offenders must report every six months to authorities. Tier III registrants must report every three months to assure their profiles are up to date.
Other than the tier-specific time periods elapsing, are offenders ever removed from the registry?
A person may be removed from the registration list for several reasons. Those reasons include the offender dying, being pardoned for the crime, having the crime expunged from his or her record or relocating. However, if the person is removed because of relocation, his or her name is forwarded to the authorities in the jurisdiction to which the offender has moved.
What information is provided on a sex offender registration?
Information provided on the registration of a sex offender includes his or her name, address and age. A photo is included in the profile. The address of any schools the offender is registered in, as well as any places of employment, are also included. The vehicle information of the offender and a legal description of the crimes committed are also included. The description of his or her crimes is also given in lay terms so that it is more easily understood. If the convicted sex offender has any aliases, they will be included in the profile. All of this is public information that can easily be accessed.
What happens if the offender does not register?
A sex offender who does not register his or her information at the appropriate times is subject to jail time and a fine. It is a misdemeanor in the state of Maryland to knowingly avoid registering the correct information. The offense is punishable with up to three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
What about non-residents who work or attend school in Maryland?
If an offender from another state attends school or works in Maryland, he or she must register with the state of Maryland no later than three days after the start date at work or registering for school. It does not matter what type of school the offender will attend.
Sex offenders must make themselves aware of the laws regarding registration. They must report any change, including email addresses and usernames in social networking sites on the internet. Any deviation from the regulations could result in a warrant being issued for arrest.
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Locator for Incarcerated Persons
Maryland Inmate Locator
VINE, America’s number one victim notification network. VINE has been providing victims and concerned citizens with the power of information for decades, allowing these individuals to have the sense of security that they deserve. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information.
Reentry & Workforce Development
Turn Around Tuesday (Build)
Online Resource Guide
Charmcare is a free online resource guide that you can use to search for free or reduced-cost programs and services in Baltimore City to help meet your needs. The directory has information for resources that can help with needs like food, housing, transportation, utilities, employment, education, mental healthcare, and substance use care.
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Mental Health & Behavioral-Health Treatment Services
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Maryland (NCADD-MD)
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Maryland (NCADD-MD) focuses on raising public awareness and sensitivity on the issue of alcoholism and drug dependence in Maryland through sustaining a campaign of education, information-dissemination and public policy advocacy to ensure persons affected by the disease of addiction, and their families, have access to resources, support systems and services critical in accessing treatment and sustaining recovery.
Faces and Voices of Recovery
Faces & Voices of Recovery are experienced, dedicated professionals who carry out the mission and programs of the organization. They bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the work they do. As a recovery community organization (RCO) , we value having the majority, if not all, of our staff identifying as individuals in long-term recovery from alcohol and/or other drug addiction.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The NAMI organization operates at the national, state and local level.
Mental Association of Maryland
Mental Health Association of Maryland has addressed the mental health needs of Marylanders of all ages through programs that educate the public to increase understanding and provide resources, advance public policy to improve care and outcomes, and monitor the quality of services received by individuals living with mental illness and substance use disorders.
On Our Own Maryland
On Our Own of Maryland is a statewide peer-operated behavioral health advocacy and education organization.
We work with service providers, peers, and professional and community organizations to ensure that services and systems are trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and recovery-oriented by reducing stigmatizing practices and expanding consumer involvement in mental health and substance use policy and planning at local, state, and national levels.
National Council for Behavioral Health
National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 3,326 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 2 million Americans have been trained.