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Parents today are faced with the challenge of raising children in an increasingly complicated world.

We offer a number of programs that promote positive parenting and support parents with this difficult, yet rewarding, task. The Mental Health Association of Frederick County strives to promote a satisfying, productive and fulfilling life for all the families we serve.

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24 Hour Call Center

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

Walk-in Behavioral Health

Provides immediate, face -to-face support for anyone experiencing an emotional, mental health, family or relationship crisis at not cost to them.  Services are available to people of all ages.

Counseling Services

The Mental Health Association is one of the few professional therapy centers in Frederick County that offers care on a sliding fee basis. Our therapists provide services in a confidential, supportive environment that enhances the dignity and potential of our clients including young children, older adults, individuals, couples and families who might be experiencing concerns such as:

  • Depression, anxiety disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or anger
  • Child behavior issues
  • Couples/marital issues
  • Life transitions or trauma

Child Care Choices

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

Healthy Families Frederick

A voluntary home visiting program designed to support first time parents by providing quality, strength-based, family-centered services and support, and access to community resource agencies to help build stronger families, healthier children and a better community at no cost to you.

Systems Navigator

A voluntary program that provides assistance to families who have children with intensive needs, helping the family navigate the complex systems of care at no cost to you.

Supervised and Monitored Visitation and Transfer

These programs provide a safe and neutral location for non-residential parents to spend time with their children. Exchanges and visits are fully supervised by trained staff, and positive parent/child interaction is encouraged.

Telephone Reassurance

A program of the Mental Health Association that provides a regular phone call, a caring listener and a friendly connection for Frederick County Senior Citizens at no cost to you.


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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