About Us

Maryland Association of Behavioral Health Authorities, Inc. (MABHA) is a nonprofit organization created to support Local Behavioral Health Authorities (LBHAs) to plan, develop, and oversee an accessible, quality, equitable, and comprehensive public behavioral health system (PBHS) that meets the needs of individuals, families, and communities in Maryland. MABHA serves as the centralized, independent, and objective voice for all LBHAs in Maryland.

MABHA supports local jurisdictions across the State of Maryland in fulfilling their system management role by:

Giving local jurisdictions a say in policy and decision making that impacts the behavioral health system.

Facilitating peer learning among members to support common responsibilities, values, interests, and efforts.

Promoting a system of communication and collaboration between members and the
State of Maryland and other system partners like hospitals, correctional agencies, social service provides, and others.

Our Function

The Maryland Association of Behavioral Health Authorities, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1997 to:

  • represent members to external groups including Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), the General Assembly and Governor, statewide advocacy organizations, and the public,
  • promote the professional development of member agency staff,
  • provide a system of communication and a structure for collaboration among members and with BHA and other partners,
  • identify system needs and promote resolution to ensure effective quality behavioral health services.

Our Shared Values

  • Wellness and Recovery Oriented,
  • Individualized and Person Centered with Choice,
  • High Quality, Cost Effective, Culturally Competent and Accessible,
  • Integrated and Community Based,
  • Collaborative and Responsive while Empowering Partnerships,
  • Innovative and Holistic.