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Leading the Way for 35 Years

The Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland is the leading advocacy organization for Maryland's community-based behavioral health providers, including both mental health and addiction treatment.

The Community Behavioral Health Association (CBH) of Maryland is the professional association for Maryland's public community behavioral health providers - including both mental health and addiction treatment services. Our 66 members support the CBH vision of a high-quality system of public behavioral health care for individuals and families in Maryland. This is realized through a mission that advocates, educates, and affiliates members, stakeholders, and decision makers around the success and needs of the public behavioral health system. Our core values guide the everyday actions of the association and how we make decisions to best support the public behavioral health system in Maryland.

      CBH Core Values

  • RESPONSIVE: We work to ensure our services, communication, advocacy, and projects are courteous, timely, and solutions-based.
  • ADAPTABLE: CBH understands the changing needs of behavioral health providers and works to account for this in all that we do.
  • INFORMED: The association uses data and critical thinking to move policies and projects in the right direction for our members.
  • FORWARD THINKING: CBH approaches all that we do with the intent of creating a better system of care in Maryland.

CBH supports our members through advocacy at the legislative, executive, and grassroots level. We work to support peer-learning and education through our five member-driven learning communities, and we affiliate with peer groups and stakeholders to strengthen the voice of change for behavioral health in Maryland.

Meet Our Staff Members

Shannon Hall
Executive Director


Lauren Grimes
Assistant Director


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Lori Doyle
Public Policy Director


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Christine Richardson
Office & Member Services Manager

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of 19 members who meet monthly to govern the CBH. 
The board also has a variety of subcommittees supporting the administration and governance of the association.

FY2021 Executive Committee


Suanne Blumberg
Upper Bay Counseling




Joanie Clement
La Clinica del Pueblo


Karen Carloni
Southern Md Community 

At Large Representatives

Dimitri Cavathas
Lower Shore Clinic

Johnnie Fielding
Leading by Example, Inc.

Arthur Ginsberg

Community Residences

Maxine Klane

University of Maryland

Kevin Keegan

Catholic Charities

Kylie McCleaf
Jewish Social Services Agency

Sheryl Neverson

Volunteers of America

Anne Peyer

Cornerstone Montgomery

John Plaskon

Crossroads Community

Gordon Raley

Family Services Foundation

Scott Rose

Way Station

Karishma Sheth
Every Mind

Sondra Tranen
PDG Rehabilitation Services

Sheldon Bienstock

Mosaic Community Services

Avi Burnstein

BH Partners of Frederick

We support best practices.  We connect colleagues in the field.  We fight for rights and resources.


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