Mental heath services have been available in Garrett County through BACHS Healthcare
The company, Baltimore Area Community Health Services, was originally founded in Baltimore six years ago and has gradually branched out to Waldorf, Hagerstown, Cumberland and now Garrett County.
Currently, the only service offered in the county is a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program. This is available from counselor Ryan VanNosdeln.
“PRP is a program that allows individuals to receive assistance in addition to therapy,” he explained. “Rehabilitation counselors work one-on-one with clients’ goals to help their well-being, including resume building, socialization, anger management, entitlements and benefits and much, much more.”
VanNosdeln noted that he is able to meet with the clients in the comfort of their own homes. He can offer six times per month for adults and four times per month for children.
All clients must have Maryland Medicaid to participate in these services.
“A therapist or doctor may fill out the referral,” he said. “However, the client must participate in therapy in order to have the PRP services. Our referral is available at most doctor’s offices in the county, the health department and WVU Health and Wellness Center. Our referral is also available at www.bachshealthcare.com, or they can call me at 301-678-3040 for more information.”
VanNosdeln grew up in Garrett County, graduated from Northern High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Frostburg State University. He and his wife Melanie recently got married, and she will work as a pre-K teacher at Broad Ford Elementary this year.
VanNosdeln said his favorite part of living in the area is being outdoors hunting and fishing.
He noted that the services he offers are needed in Garrett County because no other PRP is offered for children in this area.
“We feel that adults, as well as children, could benefit from PRP,” he said.
In Cumberland, BACHS also offers on-site therapy, Intensive Outpatient Programs and a telepsych medication provider.
BACHS’ program also provides transportation, internet training and guidance for career training and job searches.
The organization works with adults and children who need assistance in developing everyday skills that will allow them to function more independently at home, school and work.
Counselors are experienced in working with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of conditions.
Therapists and case managers are experienced in working with clients who have a variety of needs, including depression coping skills, anger management, socialization, Attention Deficit Disorder, learning disabilities, family issues, substance abuse and health care and health- care insurance connection.
In-home services are designed to help clients function more efficiently in their own environments, helping with independent living skills, coping skills, employment, housing, educational and vocational training, social relationships and adaptive equipment and services.