Behavioral Health Services



11116 Medical Campus Rd.
Suite 2989
Hagerstown, MD 21742

Get Directions

Phone: 301-766-7600
Fax: 301-797-4976

Office Hours

9:00 AM
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
9:00 AM
5:00 PM
5:00 PM
5:00 PM
5:00 PM
5:00 PM
Behavioral Health Services

About Behavioral Health Services

A person's overall health and wellbeing is made up of more than just physical health, their mental and emotional health play a large role in their overall health and happiness. Meritus Behavioral Health Services offers comprehensive behavioral health services including mental health, substance-abuse, crisis management and counseling in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Individual treatment

  • Provides confidential, caring treatment in a private counselor’s office for 50-minute appointments to help with behavioral health conditions and concerns.
  • Helps develop coping and problem solving skills to manage life challenges, unique personal circumstances/situations and address symptoms in every their everyday life.
  • Coordination of care involves all members of the treatment team for improved progress and comprehensive care.

Group treatment

  • Gives individuals an opportunity to learn together and offer one another insightful feedback, helpful suggestions and emotional support.
  • Group topics are selected, which would be helpful in addressing areas of concern and to meet both community and client requests.
  • Groups usually run for eight to ten sessions, during which time an assessments is competed to determine appropriate ongoing recommendations for after group treatment ends.

Senior services

  • Designed to increase the quality of life for individuals and families facing retirement adjustment, depression, anxiety, conflict, memory loss and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Components include assessment, diagnosis, medication evaluations, counseling and coordination with community resources, family support and education.
  • Our experienced team of psychiatrists certified behavioral health nurses, social workers, counselors, and support professionals are dedicated to improving the quality of life for seniors and their families.

Outpatient Counseling and Psychiatric Services

Licensed and insurance-approved therapists and psychiatrists provide confidential assessment, diagnosis, treatment, counseling, and follow-up for individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations. Extensive clinical experience and an ongoing multi-tiered program for continuing education ensure the counselors and psychiatrists have up-to-date knowledge of the most effective treatments. Specialists are available for a wide variety of treatment issues. The treatment team includes certified behavioral health nurses, masters prepared clinical therapists and counselors and board certified psychiatrists.

If you feel you suffer from severe stress, anxiety, anger, or depression, talking with your primary care doctor is not a bad idea. It is important to be open and honest about how you feel so that your doctor can better understand the situation and provide appropriate assistance. Your doctor can help with a connection to our outpatient or you can contact our intake coordinator directly with inquiries.
Upon entry into outpatient services at Meritus Behavioral Health, you will work with our team to further assess the situation and together develop an individualized treatment plan.

Mental health disorders are not always obvious. A variety of factors influence the way our brains function, some of which lead to abnormal, harmful behaviors. A mental health evaluation focuses on four things: Emotional expressions, thinking, perception and cognitive functioning. Once a psychiatrist has completed the evaluation, they can develop a personalized plan of care. In behavioral health, treatment focuses on equipping patients with the tools they need to better understand and interact with the world around them.
Situations can also be complicated when a grown loved one is exhibiting symptoms of mental health disorders. Behavioral health professionals are often willing to hear you out if you have concerns over someone else’s mental health. They can help you find tactful ways of addressing the issue with your loved one.

At Meritus Behavioral Health, board certified adult and geriatric psychiatrists provide full mental health evaluations and treatments. Our services include evaluations, diagnosis, medication adjustments and monitoring. Full-spectrum psychiatric services are available on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

Counselors are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year for phone consultation and on-site crisis assessments at the Emergency Department of Meritus Medical Center. Following the assessment, individuals will be returned to the appropriate level of care and provider for counseling, mental health, or addictions issues.

Emergency Psychiatric Services provides the only after-hours assessments in the county. Individuals currently under the care of another mental health provider may use Emergency Psychiatric Services if required when their own counselors are unavailable.

All patients are seen by an Emergency Department physician and a master's-prepared mental health professional to assess both the patient's physical and mental stress. Patients are always referred to the least restrictive environment.

At times, it may be important to start treatment more quickly due to a client’s presenting situation so there is an option available. The Progressive Care Service provides assessment, individual and group therapy, coordination of care, medication evaluation and family support for individuals impaired by mental health difficulties that do not require hospitalization or who need some additional support during as crises as they are connected to ongoing outpatient MBH or community resources.

This service is to be brief with a focus on rapid stabilization and referrals to ongoing treatment if needed. Progressive Care Service treatment is available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and has individual support contacts and/or a Progressive Wellness Class offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..

The Progressive Wellness Class focuses on client questions and concerns so may include topics on stress management, coping skills, communication skills and health management. Another important part of the service is coordination with other care providers and family involvement if requested by the participant.
While in the Progress Care Service participants will experience increased structure and monitoring, help with symptom identification and treatment issues. Support for the transition to ongoing counseling and psychiatry as well as education for patients and families to assist with diagnosis adjustment, medication information or any topic needed.

The intake coordinator helps identify and screen for this service. Initial inquiries may be directed to 301-766-7627 or 301-766-7602.

Please click here for a listing of mental health and substance abuse resources in the tri-state.


Services Available

Outpatient Behavioral Health

Outpatient Behavioral Health

Meritus Behavioral Health provides outpatient mental and behavioral health and substance abuse services. We provide confidential assessment, diagnosis, treatment, counseling, and follow-up for individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations. Specialists are available for a wide variety of treatment options and include certified behavioral health nurses, clinical therapists and counselors and board-certified psychiatrists.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Life can be demanding, and additional stress or pressure can cause problems in your personal life. If your well-being is affected by these stresses Meritus Health's employee assistance program (EAP) offers free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services for employees. Our EAP counselors also work in a consultative role with managers and supervisors to address employee and organizational challenges and needs.

To learn more about Meritus Behavioral Health EAP services, please call 301-766-7615.




Our psychiatrists diagnose and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders - including substance use disorders. We offer a variety of treatments – including various forms of talk therapy, medications, psychosocial interventions and other treatments, depending on the needs of each patient.

Psychotherapy, sometimes called talk therapy, is a treatment that involves a talking relationship between a therapist and patient. It can be used to treat a broad variety of mental disorders and emotional difficulties. The goal of psychotherapy is to eliminate or control disabling or troubling symptoms so the patient can function better. Depending on the extent of the problem, treatment may take just a few sessions over a week or two or may take many sessions over a period of years. Psychotherapy can be done individually, as a couple, with a family, or in a group.

Schedule An Appointment With Us Today