DORS Behavioral Health Services (BHS) provides support to DORS consumers referred by their counselors who want support to maintain a healthy recovery lifestyle as they work toward employment and self-sufficiency. These services can be provided either in person at a DORS office, at the WTC, and/or virtually.
While consumers are not required to meet any pre-determined criteria (such as an abstinence timeframe) to participate in BHS, they must demonstrate a commitment to the recovery process. Consumers experiencing withdrawal symptoms or with moderate-to-severe substance use will be assessed for their readiness to participate in DORS programs and may receive a referral for treatment.
Behavioral Health Services Include:
- Addictions Assessment to determine substance use, including drug testing.
- Behavioral Health Screening to assess for behavioral addictions and co-occurring (substance + behavioral health) disorders.
- Behavioral Health Counseling, including coping strategies, general support, and referrals for additional services.
- Behavioral Health Education provided to WTC career training and Work Readiness classes on topics such as:
- Stress Management for the Workplace
- Work-Life Balance
- Employment Drug Testing: Passing the Test
Behavioral Health Consultation
These may include a review of case history related to substance use or co-occurring disorders for guidance, referral or to provide a written report to support the consumer’s employment plan.
Health Services Include:
- Diabetic Assessments for Blind/Visually Impaired, ILOB and sighted consumers. To determine the consumers knowledge of Diabetes management, provide individualized Diabetic Education and enhance the overall Diabetic self-management process. Explore various equipment and technology related to blindness and diabetes.
- Diabetic Education for consumers needing assistance with their daily diabetic self-care, calculating carbohydrates, perform blood glucose checks, ensure safe insulin administration.
- Health Education as it pertains to Employment for consumers in training (basic hygiene, sleep hygiene, medication management, stress management, etc)
Many behavioral health services, such as addictions assessments and short-term counseling, can be done remotely.
Questions about WTC's BHS Services?
If you are already working with DORS, Contact BHS Supervisor, Leo Yates at 410-554-9335, 667-335-0007 (VP), or
Leo.Yates@maryland.gov, or WTC at 410-554-9130 for more information about BHS.