About Us

We take a holistic and community-based approach to helping children & adults receive mental health treatment. Learn more about what we do, how, and why.

Our Story

AWL is a community-centered, outpatient mental health treatment organization that provides the highest level of comprehensive care to those in need throughout Maryland’s schools and communities. In 2006, we started this work because we saw a need for culturally competent support in urban communities – especially in schools. Our care is holistic and culturally competent for adults and children particularly in urban areas.

As thought-leaders in this space, we engage in mental health advocacy not just for our clients but for our entire community. Our approach is simple and transformative – we believe in order for treatment to be successful it cannot happen in a vacuum. Mental health and overall well-being takes a village. With our Village-Centered Treatment perspective, we enlist a client’s support system and community members (village) to address the relationships and socio-environmental factors that also impact mental health in addition to individual treatment.

AWL Wellness Services

Our approach to care incorporates the latest in evidence-based methodologies and approaches that are also developmentally and culturally-appropriate to the clients and the families we serve. AWL is dedicated to the behavioral health of not just our clients – but our entire community.

Our practitioners are fully immersed in the community and the work—including our CEO who still treats clients. AWL works with the community to build comprehensive programs that begin with wellness education and moves seamlessly into prevention efforts and early identification.The AWL motto, “Preservation of Self and Community” highlights our belief that when individuals take care of themselves, with the support of their community, we all benefit.

  • Outpatient Mental & Behavioral Health
  • Medication management
  • Psychiatric rehab
  • Health home services
  • Individual/Family therapy
  • Substance abuse and medication management with a continuum of care including prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery.

Our Approach to Care

Besides being a team of professionals, we’re also compassionate and are proud to have assisted thousands of clients. Just look at the numbers.

STUDENTS SERVED SINCE OPENING

FAMILIES SERVED

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Village-Centered Treatment

Mental health doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Village-Centered Treatment (VCT), which takes its name from the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child,” is our unique behavioral health perspective that incorporates other evidence-based treatment models (i.e. CBT, Urban Centered Treatment Model), to engage families, support systems and community partners in comprehensive care. VCT includes home visits and sessions out in the community because an individual’s well-being is largely influenced by their interconnectedness to personal, social and community-based supports.

AWL’s treatment plans are onsite and offsite. The plans are created by a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals, mental health practitioners and community partners to address not only the individual’s mental health but the factors that often present as barriers to care. Since socio-economic factors (i.e., housing, nutrition, medical care, etc.) all impact mental health, we have an extensive network of community partners to help address these needs. Many services are provided in-house creating a continuum of care and consistency our client’s need to be successful in treatment.

Developed through service provision since 2006 and documented in 2016, VCT enables AWL to provide developmentally and culturally- appropriate care to underserved urban populations informed by cultural values and beliefs, spirituality, unique familial structures, and individual and community influenced behaviors.

Our staff are highly-skilled, board-certified medical and mental health professionals including: LCSW-C, LCPC, LGSW, LGPC,
Medical Doctors, and Nurse Practitioners.

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AWL is a community-centered, outpatient mental health treatment organization that provides the highest level of comprehensive care to those in need throughout Maryland's schools and communities.

OUR PARTNERS

Baltimore City (HEADQUARTERS)

107 E. 25th Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 558-0019

hagerstown

12 S Walnut Street
Hagerstown, MD 20774
(410) 558-0019 x.152

Prince George's County

1300 Mercantile Ln., Ste. 143
Largo, MD 20774
(410) 558-0019 x.155

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