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Proposal: "It's All In Your Head" - Mental Health and Mental Illness Funding In Western Maryland

Increasing governmental funding for mental health and mental illnesses in Western Maryland. By increasing the help with mental illness and preventative methods with mental health we could potentially increase our social standing by lowing our crime rate, incarceration numbers, and deaths in the area. Funding over the past decade has fluctuated greatly and proposed cuts earlier in 2018 could further cut health care in the mental health field. 

The Issue

Problem Defined

Increase Governmental Funding to Mental Health and Mental Illness Programs in the Western Maryland Region

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In 2017, Mental Health was recognized as the #3 Community Need in Allegany County, MDMORE

In the 2017 Allegany County community planning initiative Mental Health was named the #3 Most Community Need in the area, only out beaten by #1 Drugs and #2 Poverty. Of these the drugs issue can fall under the mental health  bullet because of addiction. 


Mental Illness In Prison and JailsMORE

  • In state prisons, 73 percent of women and 55 of men have at least one mental health problem.
  • In federal prisons, 61 percent of women and 44 percent of men.
  • In local jails, 75 percent of women and 63 percent of men.

 Western Maryland is the home of the Western Correctional Institution, which holds around 1,680 adult males.


Suicide Rates in Western Maryland Continue to RiseMORE

In 2016 there were 586 suicides in Maryland alone. In 2005 there were 472 suicides. Rates are slowly increasing over the years,


Allegany Health Planning


Statistics for Mental Illness in WM



Statistics for Convicts with Mental Illness



Suicide Statistics

Mental Health Association Frederick County, MD


Program in the area.

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In an Obamacare Experiment, Maryland Aims to Make Its Poor More Healthy

Monica Potts - (Invalid date)

Economic hardship of Western Maryland.


Allegany College of Maryland is a high quality, low cost educational community college with its main campus set in the mountains of Maryland's Allegany County and a branch location in Pennsylvania's Bedford County. Read our vision,  mission,  values,  goals, and  philosophy  and you'll quickly find out that we are a college that cares about our students and the communities we serve. ACM is open to all students who can benefit from collegiate instruction. Admission or readmission to certain programs is selective; but for the most part, Allegany College of Maryland maintains an open door admissions policy.

Diane McMahon
Associate Professor of Sociology - Allegany College of Maryland
I am a sociology professor at Allegany College of Maryland, which is located in Cumberland, MD. I also work as the Faculty Director of the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SLCE) Center at the college. I have worked in a variety of professions in my past that focuses on helping the homeless. Most recently I was the director of a peace and justice organization in Pittsburgh.

I am a great supporter of the work of TheChisel.com because it helps raise up topics that students and community members can work on together, in a bi-partisan manner, to address.
Andrea Peterson
- Allegany College Of Maryland
- 23
- Student at ACM
- Nursing Major
- Passionate about recycling and the environment

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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Apportion more government funding to the state levels for mental healthMORE

By increasing funding to mental health allotments preventative and readily available access to mental health and illness treatment will decrease the society hardships in Western Maryland.

Expected Results
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Increase FundingMORE

Increase the funding to mental health associations in Western Maryland

Lower Incarceration RatesMORE

By having more access to mental health care, lower incarceration rates are expected by association.

Fewer SuicidesMORE

Fewer suicides among the population of Western Maryland because of access to preventative mental health.


Increase Mental Health Funding to Western Maryland more than already allotted over the next 5 years.

Current Mental Health Budget

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