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Creative Alternatives

Assisting adults who have psychiatric disabilities to reach their full potential

Creative Alternatives at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is an innovative program that serves adults who have serious and persistent mental illnesses and who have not benefited from traditional services. The program combines mental health treatment, rehabilitative services and assistance with daily living. Program participants (called members) have the opportunity for community integration and personal growth.

Creative Alternatives works with members in hospitals, shelters, and in the community. On entering the program, members receive services from a team of professionals that includes a psychiatrist, nurse, case managers and community support assistants. A team member is available 24 hours a day in the event of a crisis or just to offer reassurance. Specialists in employment, housing, substance abuse, peer support and entitlements also support the members.

Creative Alternatives helps members with their medical and mental health needs in addition to assisting them in achieving their goals. These goals may involve:

  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Legal assistance
  • Financial management
  • Wellness and recovery

Creative Alternatives is funded entirely by grants from Maryland's Behavioral Health Administration and Behavioral Health System Baltimore. Members do not have to pay to be a part of the program, nor do they have to forego their government benefits.

Program Manager: Wendy Shepard, PMHCNS-BC

Behavioral Health System Baltimore screens all program referrals. For information on eligibility criteria, please review this form or  call 410-631-6021.

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