24-Hour Resources Available for Emergency Counseling

For Immediate Release: 9/24/2013 1:15 PM

Contact: Jermoni K. Dowd - Public Information Officer, 301.265-8490 

CAMP SPRINGS, MD – A tragedy is unexpected and often brings out an array of strong emotions. The Prince George’s County Community Crisis Hotline and the Crisis Response System both provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with emotional distress such as the recent mass shooting at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard.
The Prince George’s County Community Crisis Hotline (1-800-422-0009) and the Crisis Response System (301-429-2185) are both 24 hours a day, seven days a week resources that respond to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a man-made or natural disaster or tragedy.
Through funding provided by the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services, Mental Health and Disabilities Division, the Community Crisis Hotline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals, providing confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.  The Crisis Response System provides residents of Prince George’s County with a mobile resource for individuals and families in a mental health crisis by responding on-site, when necessary.
Another free resource that connects residents to mental health services during difficult times is Maryland 2-1-1. This statewide service connects citizens to health and human resources at anytime by providing callers with referrals to agencies and helping people problem-solve when the services they need are not immediately available.
Anyone who has knowledge of a crime is urged to call the Crime Solvers Tip Line at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Your call could help solve crimes and senseless acts of violence.
Since 1970, Community Crisis Services, Inc. has become a one-stop calling center for information and assistance for those in crisis. The Crisis Hotline is often the first step an individual makes to access social service organizations and mental health services within the community.  The hotline is a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year service for anyone facing crisis and personal turmoil.
About Prince George’s County Crisis Response System 301-429-2185:
The Crisis Response System is operated by the Affiliated Santé Group which is a non-profit behavioral health and emergency response service and systems organization.  Established in 1974, the Affiliated Santé Group acts as mental health first responders for individuals or groups experiencing a mental health crisis. The non-profit organization offers emergency psychological assessment, immediate intervention for individuals, family and community crisis events.

About Maryland 2-1-1:
The 2-1-1 database has information on more than 7000 agencies and programs across the state of Maryland.  2-1-1 is staffed by professionals who handle thousands of calls from people in need and family members who are struggling with emotional issues. Maryland 2-1-1 also provides referrals to many other County and regional services including rental assistance, food banks, affordable housing resources, child care, after-school programs, elderly care, financial literacy and job training programs. 2-1-1 is funded through local and state sources including, the United Way and other nonprofits, foundations, businesses.  The free service operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, in over 200 languages. 

About Prince George’s County Crime Solvers 1-866-411-TIPS (8477):
Crime Solvers is a national program that offers cash rewards to people who call the Crime Solvers tip line to provide information to the police about crimes. Callers may remain anonymous and if their tip leads to the arrest and indictment of a suspect, they an receive a cash reward.

About Prince George’s County Department of Family Services Mental Health and Disabilities Division 301-265-8400:
The Mental Health and Disabilities Division provides oversight of the Public Mental Health System in Prince George’s County.  Additionally, it ensures that all residents have equal access to programs, services and buildings as is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.