Caroline County Behavioral Health Awarded for Youth Substance Use Program

The Caroline County Health Department’s Behavioral Health team was recently awarded the Mid Shore Behavioral Health Caliber Award for Effective Programming at a ceremony that took place on Friday, May 17, 2024. This prestigious award highlights the team’s dedication to improving behavioral health services for residents in the mid-shore region through effective collaboration and innovative, cost-effective methods.

Under the leadership of Jessica Tuel, Director since 2022, and Clinical Supervisor Sarah Lepore, the team has made significant strides in serving the community. Roger McKnight’s vision led to the launch of the Youth Substance Use program, which has been a game-changer in providing comprehensive care to adolescents. The program, recognized as a “National Model for Rural Communities,” offers a unique one-stop service with a nurse, SUD counselor, peer specialist, and telehealth physician. Since February 2024, their work at our two local high schools has already made a substantial impact. Special thanks to these dedicated team members for their invaluable contributions: Carla Penny, MOUD Coordinator; Kristina Pullen, SUD Counselor; Michelle Hammond, ADT and Care Coordinator; Brittany Marshall, Peer Support Specialist; and Linda Tetrick, RN. Their passion and commitment to equitable services truly make a difference in Caroline County.

Pictured in the featured photo are Ann Simpers, Behavioral Health Coordinator at Mid-Shore Behavioral Health, and the following Caroline County Behavioral Health team members: Sarah Lepore, Clinical Supervisor; Jessical Tuel, Director; Roger McKnight, MTU Administrator; Megan Hayes, SUD Counselor; Carla Penny, MOUD coordinator; Michelle Hammond, ADT and Care Coordinator; and Kristina Pullen, SUD Counselor. Not pictured are Linda Tetrick, Community Health Nurse II; and Brittany Marshall, Peer Support Specialist.