CenExel CBH is a provider of comprehensive behavioral health services in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. We are staffed with qualified mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses. We have conducted over 350 clinical trials at our state-of-the-art research facilities located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We are a CenExel Center of Excellence, assuring unparalleled patient engagement, staff expertise, and valuable results.

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Below, you will find several advocacy organizations in your area where you and your loved ones can find support and information on your condition.

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CenExel CBH Local Advocacy Organizations:

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Your local NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders work in communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy, and support group programs.

NAMI Montgomery County, MD serves residents across our county with free mental health support groups, classes, presentations, and resources. Please reach out for support, educational materials, advocacy questions and concerns, to share your story, or with any other general question or concern.

NAMI Montgomery County
9210 Corporate Blvd Ste 170
Rockville, MD 20850-6225
Phone: (301) 949-5852
Email: info@namimc.org


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) changes lives, saves lives and impacts lives, through education, peer support groups and advocacy for those diagnosed with a mental health illnesses and empowers their family and friends to embrace their independence, advocate for improved services, and to love them for who they are.

Members and family of DBSA National Capital Area come together to form our regional chapter, focusing on support from family members of people with mood disorders and offering a support group, which meets twice a month (see the calendar for the times and location), as well as a website, educational programs, and other services..

DBSA National Capital Area
Rockville, MD
Tel: (301) 299-4255
Email: hello@dbsanca.org

MHA is a powerful voice for healthy communities throughout the nation and offers information, referrals, and resources for individuals living with any type of mental illness. One of MHA’s services includes online screening, which is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

MHA of Frederick County builds a strong foundation of emotional wellness for the whole community by preparing resilient children, securing vulnerable families and standing with people to face crises together. Through education, advocacy, empowerment, and treatment, MHA helps everyone face their challenges and make lasting positive changes.

MHA of Frederick County
226 South Jefferson St.,
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone (301) 663-0011

At AFSP, the grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.


As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

AFSP Maryland
Kat Olbrich, Area Director Maryland and Delaware
Phone: (202) 770-8973
Email: kolbrich@afsp.org

B’More Clubhouse is a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization, which empowers adults living with mental illness to lead meaningful and productive lives of their choice in the community. Founded in 2009, B’More Clubhouse is the first and only Clubhouse in the state of Maryland, that is recognized and accredited by Clubhouse International.

Our mission: B’More Clubhouse empowers adults living with mental illness to lead meaningful and productive lives of their choice in the community.

B’More Clubhouse
831 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 727-2030
Email: members@bmoreclubhouse.org

Care and Connections for Families provides in-home counseling and support services to families whose children are experiencing a mental health crisis. Sheppard Pratt provides crisis intervention services that address the family’s immediate needs. We also help pave the way toward a long-term, stable family environment with support services.
Care and Connections for Families
15825 Shady Grove Road, Suite 25 
Rockville, MD 20850
Email: andrea.rifkind@sheppardpratt.org

CCACC Health Center provides a medical home for your health care needs. We collaborate with experienced primary care providers, specialists, mental health and other healthcare professionals to provide one-stop services to ensure the best care and experience for patients and their families.

Doctor visits by appointment only. Patient eligibility screenings by appointment. CCACC Health Center accepts insured and uninsured patients. For more details, please call us to verify your benefit.

CCACC Health Center
9318 Gaither Road, Suite 205
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: (240) 393-5950 

CCI Health Services, a group practice, empowers patients to partner with staff for an unparalleled healthcare experience. Through integrated teams in a learning environment, we deliver high-quality, affordable care to every patient during all stages of life. Please call to see services included.

CCI Health Services
220 Girard Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Contact: (866) 877-7258

Chesapeake Connections delivers a wide range of treatment options and support services for people who experience severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and developmental disabilities, including:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression that significantly interferes with thoughts, mood, and actions.

Chesapeake Connections
2225 N Charles Street 
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: (443) 573-6096

CommonGround is a peer wellness and recovery center – meaning that staff and members alike have, or have had, lived experience with a mental health condition. CommonGround serves adults 18 and older with any mental health concerns. We often work with adults with conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. All services are provided free of charge. We offer one-on-one peer support and informative and engaging groups. Groups vary based on our clients’ needs, but often include:

  • Self-exploration
  • How not to go into relapse
  • How to deal with anger
  • Coping skills
  • Goal setting
  • Building relationships
  • Instruments of healing, an interactive musical experience group
  • Mental health medication education
  • Educational groups on mental health conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, borderline personality disorder, and others

To access services, call 301-605-1561. We also accept walk-ins during open hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

200 Girard Street, Suite 203
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: (301) 605-1561
Email: Ashley.Void@sheppardpratt.org

Dare to be You is a free 10-week substance use prevention education and support program for families with children ages three to five.


Dare to be You 
610 East Diamond Avenue, Suite 100  
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: (301) 605-1555

Ed Bohrer Parent Resource Center helps residents of Gaithersburg pursue their educational goals and access needed resources by providing adult educational classes and providing information about services available in the community. We help remove barriers by offering these programs and services in both English and Spanish. We believe that by helping parents succeed, we improve the lives of the children for whom they are caring.

Ed Bohrer Parent Resource Center
35 North Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: (240) 778-9879
Email: lucia.torres@sheppardpratt.org

Frederick County Children’s Mobile Crisis When a Frederick County child or teen is experiencing a mental health crisis, simply call the 211 hotline to be connected to help. After 211 assesses the situation, a mental health professional will come provide help on site. 

Frederick County Children’s Mobile Crisis
Contact: 211


Gaithersburg HELP provides food services to Gaithersburg area residents by appointment-only. Currently guests can pick up food 9 times in a 6 month period. We strive to provide a nutritious selection of food to our recipients. Here is a list of items that are typically included in food packages:

  • Cereal
  • Milk
  • Canned or jar goods (vegetables, jelly, fruit, chicken, peanut butter, soup, spaghetti sauce, tuna)
  • Rice, pasta, and dried beans
  • Bread
  • Eggs and Cheese
  • Frozen meats

Gaithersburg HELP
Phone: 301-216-2510 #1

Holy Cross Health has been a steward of our diverse community’s health for more than 55 years, earning the trust of area residents. Our team of more than 3,000 employees, 2,069 community-based physicians, and 167 volunteers works proactively each day to meet the needs of every individual we touch. And our mission and values mean that we uphold this commitment for every person, without regard for the ability to pay. 

Holy Cross Health Partners at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg provides easily accessible, high-quality primary care services to independent-living residents at Asbury Methodist Village and community members age 50 and older. The 2,739-square-foot primary care site features the latest technology, state-of-the-art examination rooms and a staff of experts in senior care.

Holy Cross Health Partners at Asbury Methodist Village
201 Russell Ave
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
Phone: (301) 557-2110

At Mercy Health Clinic, we serve low-income uninsured residents of Montgomery County. We are committed to providing high-quality medical care, health education and pharmaceuticals to eligible patients free of charge. We are a non-sectarian, nonprofit patient-centered medical home.

Mercy Health Clinic

7 Metropolitan Court, Suite 1
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: (240) 773-0300

Montgomery County Federation of Families provides families with accurate assessments, evidence-based interventions, culturally and linguistically competent services, and a variety of other resources to help their children become self-respecting, independent, hopeful and productive adults. We help our families learn to cope with the difficult and demanding behaviors of their children while trying to maintain their employment and financial survival.


Montgomery County Federation of Families
13321 New Hampshire Avenue Terrace B
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Phone: (301) 879-5200

At The Landing, we are committed to providing a safe and sober environment for youth recovering from substance use.

The Landing provides a non-judgmental, inclusive, and supportive environment where Montgomery County youth who are recovering from a substance use problem receive a comprehensive array of recovery and support services. Our compassionate and dedicated staff encourage and assist our youth in meeting their goals. We offer dynamic, engaging support throughout the recovery process while promoting positive relationships, leadership skills, team building opportunities, problem solving skills, responsibility, and confidence.

Monday – Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Office Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

The Landing
640 East Diamond Avenue, Suite B 
Gaithersburg, MD20877
Phone: ​​301-461-3477

Youth Mental Health Assistance provides mental health services to Gaithersburg youth and families who are experiencing problem behaviors affecting their home and school life.

At Youth Mental Health Assistance, we offer bilingual home-based and school-based mental health assistance for individuals who: 

  • Need support for problems adjusting to life transitions
  • Are experiencing issues stemming from long term separation from a family member
  • Are having trouble dealing with trauma and loss
  • Have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse
  • Have depression

Youth Mental Health Assistance
620 East Diamond Avenue, Suite H
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Phone: (240)  683-6580 ext. 213


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This list only includes those advocacy organizations that The STARR Coalition is affiliated with. If you know of other advocacy organizations that could be included in this list, please contact us at action@thestarr.org.  Thank you!