Prevention and Early Intervention Resources
Maryland also offers multiple tip reporting and resource helplines to allow people to report suspicious or concerning behaviors, report concerns with school and student safety, and obtain mental and behavioral health resources and other wraparound services. Some of the resources include:
International CPTED Association: CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) refers to structural and design methods combined with the natural environment to reduce criminal activity and vulnerability. This website for the International CPTED Association provides an overview of that entity’s work, along with a primer on first and second-generation CPTED concepts that may be used in evaluating planning and preparedness strategies and overall risk management for various facilities.
Understanding Workplace Violence Prevention & Response: This overview, provided by the Society for Human Resource Management, covers a range of prevention and response resources related to active assailants, domestic violence, suicidal ideation, bombs or arson threats, and handling of suspicious packages or other mail in the workplace.
The Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center: Created in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States, the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC) coordinates the efforts of federal, state, and local agencies to gather, analyze, and share intelligence information with law enforcement, public health, and emergency responder personnel. The MCAC provides resources 24/7/365. Individuals may report suspicious activity or concerns by calling 1(800) 492-TIPS (8477), or via email to MDWatch@mcac.maryland.gov.
Safe Schools Maryland: Following the passage of the Safe to Learn Act in 2018, the Maryland Center for School Safety developed an anonymous reporting mechanism for students, parents, teachers, and community members to report school safety concerns. Individuals may report concerns via the tip line number at 1-833-MD-B-SAFE / 1-833-632-7233, via reporting on an online form, or by downloading the Safe Schools Maryland app from the App Store or Google Play. Safe Schools Maryland is available 24/7 to support those in need.
Maryland 2-1-1: Maryland 2-1-1 offers assistance with mental and behavioral health crises, and referrals to other wraparound services such as food, housing and shelter, medication management, employment, career counseling, financial assistance, utility assistance, and healthcare. Domestic and family violence resources are also available. Families and individuals in need of assistance may call 2-1-1, or use the website to engage in an online chat, or via text message to TXT-211. The service is available 24/7, and all communications are confidential.
Behavioral Health Administration Crisis Services Locator: The Maryland Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Administration provides this interactive map to assist individuals in distress to locate walk-in crisis services, mobile crisis services, and safe stations throughout the State. Complete contact information for each facility, including phone numbers, emails, and addresses, is listed by county and by service type.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides confidential and anonymous resources for locating behavioral and mental health counseling and treatment services throughout the United States.
If a situation is life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 9-1-1. If you are deaf, have difficulty hearing, or have a speech-related disability or other medical condition, or if the situation is unsafe to place a voice call, you can text to 9-1-1 for assistance.
Selected resources of interest in prevention and behavioral threat assessment are included below. Additional resources on this topic related specifically to the educational environment or the workforce may be found in the sector-specific links under the “Resources” tab.
This bulletin provides the outline for a basic behavioral threat assessment for mass violence incidents. It contains references for customizable fields for jurisdictions to adapt to fit local needs.
This is a customizable template for first responders to use with individuals who may need coordinated care and wrap-around services following a call for emergency service.
This customizable template is broader than the release of medical information template. It is designed to facilitate services between multiple social services entities who may be involved in providing coordinated care and wraparound services to individuals in crisis.