Children & Young Adult Programs and Services

Marcus Youth and Family Center - serving newborn through 17 years

The developmental years present opportunities for intervention that can alter the course of a person’s life.

At the Marcus Youth and Family Center at Arundel Lodge, younger children have the opportunity to express themselves and establish a safe, trusting relationship with our therapists in the Play Therapy Room.

Adolescents and teens can meet with therapists one-to-one or benefit from Group Therapy, experiencing guidance, healing, and positive peer support in a comfortable, welcoming space designed just for them. Group Therapy for adolescents and teens can be highly effective in reducing the incidence of depression, anxiety and conduct disorders.

Children from newborn through 17 years of age and their families
Spanish speaking therapists are available for our Spanish-speaking youth and their families
ASL trained therapist available for deaf and hard of hearing youth and their families

Psychiatric screening and assessments
Medication evaluation, management, and monitoring
Person-centered treatment planning for recovery
Individual, group and family therapy
Play Therapy
Transition and discharge planning
Trauma-informed care
Latin/Spanish-speaking Therapists available
Fluent ASL therapist available for deaf and hard of hearing persons
Referrals and connections to outside services

Parents or Family
Healthcare Providers
Social Services Agencies
Court Systems Law Enforcement
Clergy  Self referrals (16 years of age and over only)

*Children under 12 years of age must be enrolled by a parent or legal guardian unless they can be registered an unaccompanied homeless youth under the McKinney-Vento Act.

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Healthy Transitions- Ages 16-25

Maryland Healthy Transitions (MD-HT) is a program designed to serve transition-age youth (TAY) ages 16-25. TAY are at an especially high risk for emotional and behavioral disorders; nearly one in four young adults has a current mental illness. However, most TAY with mental and behavioral health issues do not receive treatment. The goals of MD-HT are to:

  • Raise awareness of mental health challenges faced by TAY;
  • Increase early identification of mental health conditions among TAY; and
  • Provide services and supports to meet the needs of TAY as they transition into adulthood.
  • Improve outcomes for Transition Age Youth (ages16-25) with serious mental health conditions in areas such as employment, housing, mental health and co-occurring disorders, education and criminal justice involvement;
  • Foster youth self-determination;
  • Engage and support families;
  • Enhance core competencies of behavioral health practitioners in developmentally appropriate and empirically supported practices to support the needs of Transition Age Youth;
  • Link local implementation in counties below to state-level program and policy development  to address broader system and financing issues; and
  • Disseminate and replicate to other geographic locations throughout the state.

Supported Education
Assisting young adults with their educational goals including finishing high school, enrolling into college, etc.

Supported Employment
Providing support to find and maintain employment.

Supported Living
Support with everyday living goals and maintaining home life.

Family Psychoeducation
Assist families with understanding their child’s mental illness through evidence based practices.

  • Arundel Lodge, for the Anne Arundel County, Tonisha Patterson, Outreach and Education Specialist, [email protected]
  • Crossroads Community, for the Mid-Shore Area: Rebecca Lepter, Outreach & Education Specialist, 443-988-2101
  • Sylvia McCree-Huntley, EdD, Outreach & Education Lead

MD-HT, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 410-706-0981