This week, the Baltimore City Health Department and OSI-funded Behavioral Health System Baltimore secured funding to open up Maryland’s first stabilization center, a safe space for people to go when they need to get medical treatment related to substance use disorders. According to the Baltimore Sun, the center will also offer services for long-term substance use and mental health issues, while linking patients to other social services. The center will open in the old Hebrew Orphan Asylum in the Mosher neighborhood next spring.
Scott Nolen, director of OSI’s Addiction and Health Equity program said that the center goes beyond just helping people get sober and will connect them to crucial social services. “We hope this is a space that will go beyond treating the immediate crisis related to substance use, but also helps give the person what they need to stabilize their life,” he said in the Sun.