Improving the delivery of behavioral health services to vulnerable, under-served and high risk populations

Who We Are & Mission Statement


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Who We Are

In early 2003, Baltimore Mental Health Systems, Inc, the local mental health authority for Baltimore City, convened a number of leaders in the academic community to address the issues related to workforce development in community behavioral health , at all levels and across disciplines, and the gap between research findings, policy and practice. Out of these discussions, a non-profit corporation, named the Behavioral Health Leadership Institute (BHLI) was formed. The Board of Directors is comprised of members from several academic institutions in the field as well as individuals who are active in the fields of community mental health or substance use disorders. Disciplines represented include physicians, nurse practitioners, law, social work and public health. The Institute concept is a unique approach to improving the quality of care. It offers a model that integrates service delivery, research, work force development, education and public policy with program implementation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the BHLI is to improve the delivery of mental health/substance use disorder services by bridging the gap between community needs, responsive service delivery, workforce development and research.

BHLI has the following primary objectives:

1. Improving the training of persons engaged in the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. The focus of workforce education and training will be derived from the identified service needs with input from vulnerable and under-served populations.

2. Engaging professionals and non-professionals in developing public policy initiatives and

3. Developing and implementing innovative pilot projects to address gaps in service and needs identified by stakeholders, including persons living in vulnerable and under-served communities.