Allegany College of Maryland offers comprehensive counseling services for its students - free of charge. We know that the academic pressures of being a college student and the challenges students face in their personal lives can interfere with academic success. Allegany College of Maryland is committed to supporting students, faculty, and staff when life sometimes gets in the way.
Counseling Program Components
1. Personal Counseling:
Allegany College of Maryland contracts with Appalachian Behavioral Health Center & Western Maryland Health System (Cumberland) to provide counseling to individual students. Any eligible student is entitled to receive up to five (5) hours of counseling per semester for any mental health issues with which s/he needs assistance. Counselors are also available for urgent and crisis situations. All services provided by the ABHC & WMHS are completely confidential and provided by qualified, licensed mental health professionals. Detailed brochures about the Counseling Program are available in racks all over campus or from the S&LA Office.
ABHC can be reached by calling (301) 724-7277; WMHS can be reached by calling (240) 964-8585.
(The Pennsylvania campuses contract separately with MH/MR; for more information, contact Student Services offices in Bedford at (814) 652-9528 ext.6202 and in Somerset at (814) 445-9848 ext.6106.)
2. On-Site Campus Counselor:
To supplement the traditional counseling program, Allegany College of Maryland has a second contracted service to provide an additional, routine presence on campus to assist any student who is in crisis, to offer therapeutic problem-solving, to make referrals for personal counseling, and to provide educational/outreach programs. This new partner will be a qualified, properly licensed counselor who understands the community college culture, the unique needs of ACM students, and the campus qualities that make ACM special. The partner will be on campus on dedicated days approximately 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.
3. Family Crisis Resource Center:
Allegany College of Maryland has partnered with the Family Crisis Resource Center (Cumberland) to provide easily accessible domestic violence and sexual assault support services to students. FCRC is a non-profit, nongovernmental sexual assault and domestic violence victim services organization. FCRC provides a Coordinator of Services on campus twice per week. The Coordinator will be available to any ACM student [or employee] who has experienced past or present domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, incest, or stalking. This free service is provided in the Diversity Center on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons (total = 8 hours per week).
4. Mental Health First Aid
Identified Allegany College of Maryland employees are trained as mental health "first aiders" who will have valuable information & skills to help distressed students and to direct them to the right resources. To get help, look for a koala on the door!
5. Screening for Mental Health
Allegany College of Maryland is registered with College Response, an online screening programs for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder, alcohol/drug use disorders, and eating disorders. These personal assessments can be completed by any student from any internet connection; if the results indicate treatment or services may be needed, the student will be given appropriate referral information.
6. Medical or Mental Health Emergencies:
Any person who witnesses a medical or mental health emergency requiring immediate intervention should call 911 and then call Campus Security @ x.5555. Health and safety are too important to hesitate, and you do not need permission to call 911. The Office of Student & Legal Affairs strongly discourages any employee from transporting a student to the hospital. Students should be transported by ambulance in an emergency. (NOTE: ACM does not pay for transportation and/or hospitalization costs.)
Our goal is to help students. Each individual student who is experiencing a mental health challenge should receive the support, information, and referral(s) s/he needs. Additional information is available in the Office of Student & Legal Affairs CC-152 / (301) 784-5206