Behavioral Health System Baltimore has received a $2.8 million grant to launch a pilot program that would allow those with serious mental health problems to get mandatory outpatient treatment rather than be committed to a mental hospital.
The four-year grant awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will allow those with mental illness to be treated while living at home.
Behavioral Health System Baltimore, the nonprofit that manages the city's mental health services, will work with hospitals and families to identify patients.
The program to start next year will serve 75 patients a year. Participants will need to have had two or more involuntary psychiatric inpatient commitments in the last 12 months and not done well in the past with voluntary treatment.
Bon Secours Baltimore Health System in West Baltimore will act as service provider working with the patients and their families during treatment.