Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA)

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The Prince George's County  Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA) is responsible for planning, managing and monitoring the Public Behavioral Health System for Prince George’s County residents.  It also provides information and referral services to individuals seeking mental health and substance use-related resources to facilitate access to care.  The LBHA is comprised of the Core Service Agency (CSA) and Local Addiction Authority (LAA) and is the result of the integration of both of these two entities.


There are staff available to speak with you if you suspect that you or a family member has a mental health or substance-related problem. Although the LBHA does not provide direct behavioral health care, staff may be able to assist you with information and referral to the following:

  • Services for persons with Medical Assistance or no insurance 
  • Specialty services for children, adults and the elderly 
  • Locating outpatient treatment services 
  • Locating case management services
  • Locating residential treatment services
  • Locating Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders
  • Accessing crisis services 
  • Purchasing psychotropic medications in special situations 
  • Identifying support groups 
  • Peer and family recovery support groups
  • Housing options including residential rehabilitation programs for individuals with mental illness 
  • Information about advocating for your child’s behavioral health needs 
  • Training opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Behavioral Health Resources for Individuals and Families

  1. Crisis Resources
  2. Federally Qualified Health Centers
  3. Mental Health or Substance Use
  4. Support Groups
  5. Telehealth Providers

Behavioral Health Resources for Children and Families 

Many of the Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) have counselors dedicated to providing behavioral health treatment.  You can contact the child's school for more information and click to learn more about the mental health resources provided by PGCPS here.

Local Care Team

If you are a caregiver or parent who is dealing with any of the following issues:

  • Your child or family is involved with multiple agencies and you feel like you're getting nowhere.
  • You think your child needs more services but you're not sure where to turn.
  • You know what you need but you can't seem to locate the service locally.
  • You feel overwhelmed and need to guide through the maze of reports and recommendations.

Please contact the Department of Family Services, Children, Youth and Families Division at (301) 265-8446 to find out more information about the Local Care Team.

Youth Services Bureaus

Several municipalities in the County also have additional services for those in their communities.  The LBHA does not oversee the Youth Service Bureaus, but they are important resources for many of our residents.

Veteran Services

Other Community Services

Grievances or Complaints

An important responsibility of the Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA) is the oversight and monitoring of licensed mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) programs and professionals in the public behavioral health system.  The LBHA works closely with programs and their staff to make sure clients have adequate and appropriate services and that program operations are serving real needs.  If a consumer, family member, or other concerned individual files a complaint, the LBHA will work with the individual who filed the complaint and the provider to address concerns and resolve any issues.

Forms, Applications, and Request for Proposals

Requests for Letters of Support – Stakeholders and community members may request a letter of support for grant proposals and other projects. Please attach a draft letter that includes the organization’s contact information, description of the project, partnership with the LBHA (if applicable) and benefit to community residents.

Resources for Behavioral Health Providers

  1. Telehealth Services
  2. COVID-19 Resources
  3. Other Resources
  4. Maryland State Guidance


Telehealth services were temporarily expanded to ensure the availability of essential behavioral health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other Resources

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