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Chapter 5-C: Support Groups


Related Topics: Counseling: Individual, Group and Family | Eating Disorders | Medical Information and Referral | Substance Abuse | Suicide


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Support Groups


Al-Anon/Alateen - Baltimore Area Al-Anon Information Service
P.O. Box 28259
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
24 hours, 7 days a week answering service. Al-Anon is an organization of persons whose lives have been negatively affected by someone else's drinking be it a family member or friend. Meetings allow for the sharing of experience, strength and hope to solve a common problem. Alateen provides group meeting opportunities for teen-age children of a problem drinker.


Alcoholics Anonymous
8635 Loch Raven Boulevard, Suite 4
Baltimore, Maryland 21286
Assists alcoholics through 12 step Alcoholics Anonymous meetings with other alcoholics. Phone for referral to groups in different areas of the County.


Autism Society of America - Baltimore-Chesapeake Chapter
P.O. Box 10822
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
Acts as a resource for information, referrals and support to parents, professionals and others dealing with children and adults with autism, pervasive developmental disorders, Asperger's syndrome, and severe communication disorders.


Mental Health Association of Maryland
Heaver Plaza
1301 York Road, Suite 505
Lutherville, Maryland 21093
Provides information and referral services on mental illness, finding a support group, or a mental health provider.


NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Metropolitan Baltimore
5210 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
Provides referrals to appropriate services such as family and peer self-help support groups and to mental health services for persons with serious mental illness and for their family members.


Narcotics Anonymous Free State Regional Service Center
217 North Warwick Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21223
1-800-317-3222 (Hotline); 410-566-4022 (Office)
Fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a problem. They meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is self-help for drug addicts through a 12-step program.


Pathfinders for Autism Resource Center
303 International Circle, Suite 110
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030
443-330-5341; toll-free 1-866-806-8400
Provides accurate and current information to individuals with autism, their families and professionals. Contact an caring, knowledgeable staff member by phone, email, or via the web submission form on their website. Learn about early intervention, recreation, education and medical options. Their website includes online resources that enables families and individuals to locate a wide range of health and human service information as it relates to autism spectrum disorders, information on services and programs throughout Maryland as well as articles, recommended reading, professional training, a calendar of autism-related events, and more. In addition, their Walk-in Center, offering hands-on tools and resource exchange.




Parent Support Groups


Baltimore County Department of Social Services - Young Parent Support Center
201 Back River Neck Road
Essex, Maryland 21221
A comprehensive family support and development center. Provides support to young parents, parenting education and skills classes such as Academic Skills Enhancement (ASE) and General Education Diploma (GED) instruction. Offers parent education series for teens, parents seeking to strengthen family ties, fathers and parents with neglect or abuse issues. Offers home visiting programs as well.


The Family Tree
2108 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Family HelpLine: 800-243-7337 (24-hours, 7 days statewide)
410-889-2300 (Office)
A volunteer-based hotline which provides support, crisis intervention and resource information to all family members during times of crisis and stress. It provides consultation regarding parent stress management and child behavior management. Family Tree also offers free community-based services for parents and caregivers. Weekly facilitated parent support groups for parents and caregivers under stress meet in seven counties in Maryland, many with limited childcare provided. It offers Positive Parenting Program, a 12-week interactive workshop series on parenting skills with corollary in-home parent aides.


Lighthouse, Inc.
60 Mellor Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21228
Information and referral to other agencies as needed. Special programs for families dealing with divorce/separation, anger management, violence prevention, ADHD and substance abuse.


Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 234
Columbia, Maryland 21044
410-730-8267; 1-888-607-3637
Lists support groups, tips and resources for families regarding children's mental health.


Parents' Place of Maryland, Inc.
801 Cromwell Park Drive, Suite 103
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
410-768-9100 (Voice, TTY)
Resources for parents of children with disabilities: peer support, parenting and advocacy education and workshops, information and referral, promotes support groups and parent-to-parent networking.


Revised: February 12, 2016