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Mental Health Referral Network

The mission of the Maryland Local Mental Health (MH) Referral network is to provide Maryland residents with a network of mental health providers who partner for a wide range of services and easy referral pathways, with a focus on meeting clients’ treatment goals and integrated care based in their local community. All of these providers know each other and have chosen to work together in order to provide better, more comprehensive care. The directors of these programs know each other and meet regularly to ensure the best care and feedback for our clients.


Integrative Counseling

We provide DUI/DWI and outpatient groups related to substance use, A full DBT program for MH and SUD concerns, parental consultations, and medication management for children, teens, and adults. Integrative does not accept insurance. We offer telehealth and have multiple offices in Howard, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Wicomico, Montgomery, and Frederick counties. Not all services are offered in all locations in person.

Congruent Counseling Services

We provide Mental Health and Substance Use services for children, teens, and adults. These services include individual therapy, A full DBT Program, outpatient and intensive outpatient SUD programs, and medication management.Congruent Counselling accepts most commercial insurances and medicaid for some SUD services. We offer telehealth and have multiple offices in Howard, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Wicomico, Montgomery, and Frederick counties. Not all services are offered in all location in person.

Hilda’s Place

Hilda’s Place – founded by CEO Theresa Thomas and inspired by her Aunt Hilda’s model of compassion – is a leader in addiction recovery and behavioral health across Maryland. Hilda’s Place is a non-profit, independent provider of specialized mental health and addiction services for people of all ages. We utilize evidence-based solutions to care for the unique needs of our clients and families impacted by substance abuse and mental health disorders. Hilda’s Place provides extensive recovery tools and complementary therapies that include both residential and outpatient treatment programs as well as a myriad of related services that help clients return to healthy and productive lives. Hilda’s Place is headquartered in Glenwood, MD and operates residential and outpatient treatment programs in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area as well as in Howard and Carroll Counties. Hilda’s Place is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

The Counseling Renaissance

The Counseling Renaissance has offices in Sykesville, Frederick, and Ellicott City. Our licensed therapists work with children, teens, couples, and individual adults using a variety of modalities to relieve troublesome symptoms and facilitate healthy habits and lasting growth in our valued clients. We are offering in-person and Telehealth sessions. We are an inclusive practice that engages in our best service to people regardless of their demographics or affiliations. We accept Carefirst, Aetna, Cigna, United/Optum, and Maryland Medicaid plans.

Waypoint Wellness Center

Waypoint Wellness Center is here to help you navigate all of your unique challenges: your stress, anxiety, depression, and any other emotional difficulties you may be experiencing. We use evidence-based approaches like CBT and DBT to provide therapy and medication management for children, adolescents, and adults. With our network of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Counselors, and Nurse Practitioners we can either address your mental health needs, or introduce you to someone who can.

Referral Network Members and Programs

a. All programs joining the network are privately owned or Maryland not for profits with a local board.

b. All programs have at least 5 clinicians (hired as employees.)

c. All programs accept some or all insurances.

d. All programs have a primary mission of providing MH (behavioral health) care and treatment (not venture capital or profit motive.)

e. All programs must be ethical and seek to provide an effective level of care to clients.

f. Program owners or CEO’s (those that can make decisions) are expected to regularly attend the network’s meetings.

Executive Committee

a. The Executive Committee (EC) is responsible for managing the group and voting in new members.  Each program gets 1 vote.  The founding EC members are Mark, Gina, Julia, Theresa, and Tana.  There is no term limit for EC members.

b. EC members may vote by proxy by notifying the EC Chair prior to each meeting the EC member is unable to attend.

c. EC Chair, Vice Chair, and Reporter will serve a 1 year term from November 1, to October 31.  Elections will happen in the October meeting.  EC members may be nominated in the September meeting, nominated members must agree to serve.  There is no limit on how long a Chair, Vice Chair, and Reporter may serve.

d. The chair will be responsible for organizing meetings, calling for votes, and running the month to month operations of the group.

e. Network members/programs are voted in, or out, by the EC. The EC can remove any member from the EC or the Referral Network as a whole.  If EC asks a member/program to step out of the EC, the EC will determine if the member is being asked to simply step out of the committee or if they are being asked to leave the group completely.

f. If an (EC) member misses 3 meetings in a year, the Committee may vote to remove that member from the Committee.  That person/program may remain as part of the referral network.  Likewise, an EC member may resign from the committee at any time for any reason or no reason and may choose to stay a part of the referral network. A resigning EC member will be asked to notify the EC chair.


a. Confidentiality-information shared is considered proprietary and for the use of benefiting members’ practices, but not intended for sharing outside of the group.


a. Potential members are invited to attend a meeting to introduce themselves and understand the purpose of the group.  Each party will decide if the potential member/program will be part of the group.

Officers 11/1/22 to 10/31/23

Chair: Mark Donovan

Vice Chair: Julia Mitchell

Reporter: Gina Rassa