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Dr. Renee Conner

Counseling Services

Allegany College of Maryland offers comprehensive counseling for its students - free of charge.  The contracted provider for students attending classes in Cumberland, Appalachian Behavioral Health Center and Western Maryland Health System/Behavioral Health Services, maintains offices nearby, but schedules sessions with ACM students on campus.  All services provided by The Mental Health Center are completely confidential and provided by qualified, licensed mental health professionals. 

Allegany College of Maryland's counseling services are three-tiered: 

Standard Service:  Any eligible student is entitled to receive up to three (3) hours of counseling per semester for any mental health issue with which s/he needs assistance.  The student is responsible for making counseling appointments.

Urgent Service:  When a student is in immediate distress and it is apparent the student's (or other person's) welfare would be hindered or endangered by following the standard service protocol, an authorized College official will contact either Appalachian Behavioral Health Center or Western Maryland Health System/Behavioral Health Services, describe the circumstances, and facilitate communication between the student and the mental health agency.  If, based on information obtained through this telephone "intake", the AGENCY determines that an urgent counseling need exists, the AGENCY will schedule a counseling session with the student within 72 hours (excluding holidays).  Each student who receives an urgent session still qualifies for up to three (3) hours of standard counseling service.

Crisis Service:  When a student is in immediate distress and it is apparent the student's (or other person's) welfare would be hindered or endangered by following the standard service protocol, an authorized College official will contact either Appalachian Behavioral Health Center or Western Maryland Health System/Behavioral Health Services, describe the circumstances, and facilitate communication between the student and AGENCY.  If, based on information obtained through this telephone "intake", the AGENCY determines that a mental health crisis exists, the AGENCY will promptly dispatch a qualified mental health provider to campus for crisis intervention.  The College official will stay with the student in a safe location until the provider arrives.  Each student who receives a crisis session still qualifies for up to three (3) hours of standard counseling service.

For further information, please contact: Joanna DuVall, 301-784-5206 or Appalachian Behavioral Health Center, 301-724-7277 or Western Maryland Health System/Behavioral Health Services, 240-964-8585. 

Attention Pennsylvania Students

Students attending the Allegany College of Maryland Bedford or Somerset County Campuses (taking at least 3 credits), are eligible to receive professional counseling services through the Student Crisis Intervention Counseling Program provided by Bedford-Somerset MH/MR Program.  The student is entitled to receive up to three (3) hours of counseling, paid for by the College, during the school year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.  The student should contact the Student Services office.  At Bedford, contact (814) 652-9528 extension 6202.  At Somerset, contact (814) 445-9848 extension 6106.