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MENTAL

HEALTH

Main Office

Carroll McCabe, Chief Attorney

200 Washington Avenue, Suite 303
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410.494.8130

Eastern Shore Hospital Center

OPD Office

201 Baptist Street, Suite 26

Salisbury, Maryland 21801

Phone: 410.713.3429

Thomas B. Finan Center

10102 Country Club Road, SE

Cumberland, MD 21501

Phone: 301.777.2239

 

Spring Grove Hospital Center
The White Building, Room A131
55 Wade Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: 410.402.7454

 

Springfield Hospital Center
Central Conference Building
6655 Sykesville Rd.

Sykesville, MD 21784

Phone: 410.795.6513

 

Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center
8450 Dorsey Run Road
Jessup, MD 20794
Phone: 410.724.3233

The Mental Health Division (MHD) champions the liberty and self-determination of individuals confined in public and private mental health facilities across the State.  To that end, the MHD represents individuals at civil commitment hearings arising from allegations of dangerousness to self or others due to a mental illness.

 

The MHD also tenaciously advocates for the release of individuals committed to the custody of the Maryland Department of Health after a finding of Not Criminally Responsible (NCR).  The MHD litigates NCR release hearings before judges and juries in Circuit and District Courts throughout the State.

 

The MHD also represents civilly committed individuals at various post-commitment proceedings before judges and juries in District and Circuit Courts across the State.  Those hearings include appeals to Circuit Courts, habeas corpus proceedings, and Applications for Release.  In addition the MHD represents individuals at post-release hearings including exceptions hearings, violation of conditional release hearings, and Applications for Change in Conditional Release.

 

The MHD monitors clients committed to the Department of Health after a finding of incompetence to stand trial and serves as a liaison between the criminal trial attorney and the client. The MHD also advocates for the civil rights of adults and children with mental disabilities and monitors proposed legislation and regulations to protect and advance the rights of individuals with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities. 

If you have been involuntarily committed to an emergency room or inpatient psychiatric hospital you have the right to be represented by counsel. Please call the Mental Health Division at 410-494-8130. 

WHO WE ARE

IF YOU HAVE BEEN COMMITTED

LINKS TO RESOURCES

LANDMARK CASES

Involuntary Civil Commitment

Jackson v. Indiana, 406 U.S. 715 (1972)

O’Connor v. Donaldson, 422 U.S. 563 (1975)

Matthews V. Eldridge, 424 U.S. 319 (1976)

Addington v. Texas, 441 U.S. 418 (1979)

Youngberg v. Romeo, 457 U.S. 307 (1982)

Bell v. Chance, 460 Md. 28 (2018)

In Re JCN, 460 Md. 371 (2018)

 

Forced Medication

 

Washington v. Harper, 494 U.S. 210 (1990)

Williams v. Wilzack, 319 Md. 485 (1990)

Sell v. U.S., 539 U.S. 166 (2003)

U.S. v. Watson, 793 F.3d 416 (2015)

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene v. Kelly, 397 Md. 399 (2007)

Allmond v. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 448 Md. 592 (2016)

 

Conditional Release

 

Dorsey v. Solomon, 435 F.Supp. 725 (1977)

Anderson v. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 310 Md. 217 (1987)

Bergstein v. State, 322 Md. 506 (1991)

Bean v. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 406 Md. 419 (2008)

Byers v. State, 184 Md.App. 499 (2009)

Hawkes v. State, 433 Md. 105 (2013)

Harrison-Solomon v. State, 442 Md. 254 (2015)

Merchant v. State, 448 Md. 75 (2016)