Maryland School Mental Health Response Program (MD-SMHRP)

The mission of the Maryland School Mental Health Response Program (MD-SMHRP) is to support, enrich, and enhance, not replace the work of site-based student services personnel.

Program Overview

In these past few years, school communities across the state of Maryland have been impacted by new and growing mental health concerns. For this reason, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has developed the Maryland School Mental Health Response Program to provide timely consultation and support to school systems to address student and family mental health concerns. The Maryland School Mental Health Response Program consists of six components – the Maryland School Mental Health Team, an expansion of current programs, an electronic/web-based hub, research and evaluation, strategies to provide sustainability, and partnerships with community mental health agencies.

This program provides school and district leadership with direct access to the Maryland School Mental Health Response Team. The program’s mission is to support, enrich, and enhance, not replace, the work of site-based student support services personnel (school psychologists, school counselors, pupil personnel workers, school social workers, and school nurses). The team provides professional support and consultation services, develops a learning community of practice, and offers training and professional development opportunities for schools and LEAs regarding current mental and behavioral health concerns.

Local and National Suicide Prevention Hotlines


Dial: 988 


1-800-273-TALK (8255)






Contact Information:


Mike Muempfer
Director Maryland School Mental Health Response Program
410-767-0481