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Maryland Behavioral Health for Adolescents and Young Adults (MD-BHAY)


Project Staff

  • Dr. Sharon Hoover, Project Director, Principal Investigator  
  • Dr. Nancy Lever, Training Director  
  • Larraine Bernstein, Policy Analyst
  • Dr. Joanna Prout, Clinical Research Supervisor
  • Tom Sloane, Training Specialist
  • Rebecca LaCosta, Research Assistant


Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Behavioral Health Administration, with a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) 

Length of Award

4 years


MD-BHAY is increasing access to and improving the quality of treatment for youth, ages 12 to 24, with substance use and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Due to chronic systemic gaps in care and recovery supports for this population, MD-BHAY this project is enhancing statewide infrastructure, delivering evidence-based treatment in school and community settings, and developing funding and delivery mechanisms to sustain these changes.

Project Partners

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), Behavioral Health Administration, is partnering with the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry.  Other partners include the Epoch Counseling Center, Harbel Community Organization, Chestnut Health Systems and Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health.


  1. Develop a training and evaluation infrastructure to support the dissemination of evidence based substance use disorders and co-occurring disorder assessments and treatment for adolescents and today.
  2. Increase access to quality behavioral health services, particularly for school-aged youth and underserved populations, in school and community settings.
  3. Facilitate the development of integrated approaches to sustainable financing and delivery of services for youth and young adults with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.

Evidence-based interventions being used by MD-BHAY include: 


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