Harford Crisis Center Named in Honor of the Klein Family

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University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center, photographed by commerical photographers, Robin Sommer and Bill Rettberg of MidAtlantic Photographic LLC

The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center is the first co-funded, public/private partnership in Maryland to offer 24/7 behavioral, mental health and addiction services

Harford Crisis Center, the first co-funded,
public/private partnership in Maryland to offer 24/7 behavioral, mental health
and addiction services, was named in honor of the Klein Family at a ribbon
cutting ceremony on May 28. It will be known as The Klein Family Harford Crisis
Center.

The Klein Family is a pillar of the
Harford County community and has long championed quality health care by
partnering with and supporting initiatives implemented by University of
Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH). A video tribute to Andy Klein was
shown during the ceremony, which was attended by about 150 guests.

“We are so grateful to the Klein
Family for their vision and leadership gift in support of the crisis
center,” said Lyle E. Sheldon, president/CEO of University of Maryland
Upper Chesapeake Health. “Andy Klein was a visionary and leading proponent
of the Harford Crisis Center as well as a generous supporter. We thank the
Klein Family for their generosity in allowing us to name this life-changing
center in their honor.”

“We are humbled as a family to support
this project and the critical community asset that The Klein Family Harford Crisis
Center represents,” said Howard Klein.

“Our family has supported health care in Harford County, starting with our mom and dad. Andy was a highly engaged and effective director on both the UM UCH and The Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation boards for more than a decade; knowing how he was a leading proponent in bringing the crisis center forward, it is rewarding to have our family’s name associated with serving those struggling with behavioral, mental health or addiction,” said Michael Klein.

Speakers at ceremony included Sheldon of
UM UCH, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Russell
W. Moy, MD, MPH, health officer, Harford County Health Department, and Steve
Schuh, executive director, Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center.

Located at 802 Baltimore Pike in Bel Air, The
Klein Family Harford Crisis Center will offer a 24/7 alternative to emergency
department treatment for adults experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Its
broad array of services, available in one non-hospital location, is expected to
reduce significantly the number of emergency department visits and inpatient
admissions for Harford County residents in need of behavioral health services.
Harford Crisis Center will serve individuals with mental health and/or
substance use needs in a more comfortable, efficient setting, appropriate to
their needs.

The
crisis center is managed by UM UCH in partnership with Harford County
Government, Healthy Harford/Healthy Cecil, Harford County Health Department, Office
on Mental Health/Core Service Agency of Harford County, Inc., and the
Affiliated Santé Group.

“The Klein Family Harford Crisis
Center is an example of our community identifying a great need and coming
together quickly to provide a solution,” Sheldon added. “Less than
two years ago discussions began with many stakeholders about how to help those
in need of behavioral, mental health and addiction services. I am so grateful
for the public/private partnership that made The Klein Family Harford Crisis
Center a reality in such a short period of time.”

The crisis center opens to guests on
Monday, June 10. It will serve adults who are voluntarily seeking
behavioral/mental health or substance use health care in a safe and comfortable
setting. Services include a 24/7 hotline (800-NEXT-STEP; 800-639-8783 or
410-874-0711 outside Maryland), a 24/7 Mobile Crisis Team, a 24/7 behavioral
health walk-in urgent care clinic and 24/7 residential crisis services. UM UCH
also will provide outpatient psychotherapy and medication management services
for mental health issues. Outpatient substance use treatment provided by Ashley
Addiction Treatment will begin in the fall.

“We appreciate our partners in making The
Klein Family Harford Crisis Center the first of its kind in the state,” County
Executive Barry Glassman said. “It is especially important to me that nearly
one-third of the center’s more than 200 hotline calls each month have been for
youth under 18. This next phase brings us closer to having one place for
families in crisis to access a range of behavioral health and addiction
services, any time of the day or night.” 

It is expected that The Klein Family
Harford Crisis Center will serve between 3,000-5,000 people each year.

The majority of people admitted to
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health hospitals for medical issues have
an underlying behavioral health issue including alcohol and/or substance abuse
and mood disorders.

According
to the Harford County Health Department, in 2017 the county had the seventh highest number of suicides among Maryland
counties.

In
addition, Harford County Sheriff’s Office reports that in calendar year 2018
there were 483 overdoses and 86 fatalities. In calendar year2017 there were 369 overdoses and 81
fatalities. In calendar year 2016 there were 234 overdoses and 56 fatalities.

The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center has
been designed for the special needs of people in a mental health crisis. 

“The services we offer at The Klein
Family Harford Crisis Center are so critically important to the health of our
community,” said Dr. Richard Lewis, chair of the Department of Psychiatry,
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. “Community is the key word
because the community came together to make the crisis center a reality.”

The first phase of the crisis center–a
24/7 hotline–was established in October 2018. A behavioral health expert who
has immediate access to the Mobile Crisis Team, as well as up-to-date
information about behavioral health and addiction services in the region,
answers the hotline.

In addition, the hotline is linked to
2-1-1 Maryland, a 24/7 statewide health and human services referral provider to
ensure a seamless approach to anyone in crisis.

“From a public health perspective,
addressing urgent substance abuse and mental health issues is a very serious problem
in Harford County, and the opening of The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center represents
a big step forward toward the solution,” said Russell W. Moy, MD, MPH, health officer, Harford County
Health Department.

Ashley
Addiction Treatment will be the first tenant to share the center’s space
by moving its current outpatient offerings from the University of Maryland
Upper Chesapeake Medical Center campus to The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center location in the fall.

Behavioral health encompasses common issues such as anxiety and depression, alcohol and substance-related disorders as well as the lesser occurring issues such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. More information about the Harford Crisis Center is at harfordcrisiscenter.org.

About University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health includes the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center in Bel Air, the Senator Bob Hooper House in Forest Hill and the University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. The leading health care system and largest private employer in Harford County, UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers a broad range of health care services, specialty care, technology and facilities to the residents of northeastern Maryland. Visit www.umuch.org for more information.

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