Prince George’s Pavilion Targeting “Mental Health Desert”

A county-supported mental health pavilion will help address the degree that residents have sought out-of-area support for mental health worries.

With a disturbing share of residents seeking mental health services needing to go out-of-county to receive care, Prince George’s county has taken action to improve local services, supporting a new health care pavilion in Lanham.

From coverage on the NBC4 website:

The county is considered a mental health desert, with half of its adult admissions going to other jurisdictions for care.

“Our community is in crisis, and we are in deep pain,” County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said.

The county cut the ribbon on a first-of-its-kind behavioral health hospital at Luminis Health Doctors Medical Center in Lanham Tuesday. The facility was made possible through a $20 million grant approved by voters to reallocate funding from a police training facility. The decision eases a burden for the entire Washington region.

See the full NBC4 coverage online.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties