Youth and Families

Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. One in five youth aged 13–18 years old live with a mental health condition. Adolescence is also the time when many people begin experimenting with substances.

World Health Organization, “Adolescent Mental Health” 

Supporting Youth and Families

Mental Health is an import part of overall health and well-being. It impacts how we think, feel, act related to others, make choices, and manage stress. It is important to support youth and families so that they can recognize and treat behavioral health conditions.



Family Support

Family support is a cornerstone for mental health sufferers during their treatment and recovery process. 

Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF)

One-to-one support for your family is available through a Maryland Coalition of Families’ (MCF) Family Peer Support Specialist. Family Peer Support Specialists are trained to help caregivers navigate and apply for services in the local community. Click here to find a Family Peer Support Specialist in your community.


MEGAN’s Place

MEGAN’s Place is a trusted, safe, non-judgmental physical place for at-risk pregnant, postpartum women and their families to meet in Harford C

Harford County Local Care Team (LCT)

The Harford County Local Care Team (LCT) ) is an inter-agency council designed to ensure that children and their families receive the necessary supports and resources to live in the community successfully.

The LCT works with parents, guardians and other adults on their children’s behalf. The purpose is to open doors, brainstorm, share knowledge, advocate, and develop strategies to help your child thrive.

Harford County Public Schools (HCPS)

The OMH/CSA works with Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) to ensure all youth have access to high-quality behavioral health care that promotes social-emotional health and academic success. If you are a caregiver looking to connect with a behavioral health specialist at your child’s school, please click the link to see our School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) Provider List.

"Office on Mental Health - Creating space for recovery, healing, and hope for all in Harford"