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Children and adolescents

The first five years of a child’s life are when 90% of brain growth occurs.

The key to a child’s success tomorrow is preparing children’s mental and emotional resilience now. MHA offers a wide array of programs and services that educate, support and nurture children and adolescents, to give them the best chance at living full, productive lives.

Click the links below for more information:

24 Hour Call Center

Offers information and referral, support and crisis intervention; entry point for mobile crisis and walk-in services.

Child Care Choices

Partners with parents, early childhood professionals, employers and the whole community to help kids start out strong

Children’s Festival

Held annually in Frederick and Westminster. The festival is a free event for young children and their families. Children can enjoy hands-on activities and entertainment while their parents learn more about local early childhood programs and services.

Counseling Services

Offers professional outpatient therapy services to all ages on a sliding fee basis or through Medicaid.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Represents the best interests of foster children in the court system and advocates to secure each of them a safe, permanent home.

Healthy Families Frederick

Provides intensive, in-home education, support and resources to first-time parents and infants to age five.

Partnership for Emotionally Resilient Kids

Helps to develop resilient children, ages birth through five years old, by offering on-site assistance to child care providers and parents.

Walk-in Behavioral Health

Provides free, immediate, face -to-face support for anyone experiencing a non-life-threatening emotional, mental, family or relationship crisis.


Your donation makes all the difference. Join MHA in building a community where children can grow and thrive without fear, where good mental health is valued, where people of all ages know when and how to seek help for emotional or family problems without shame, and where everyone will have access to mental health services without barriers.

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