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.
1. Personal Counseling:
Allegany College of Maryland contracts with 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. Beginning in FY2014, couples and family counseling are also available. All services provided by 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.
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 established a second, free 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. Our new partner, Lorrie Dunn (LCSW-C) is a qualified, licensed counselor who understands the community college culture, the unique needs of ACM students, and the campus qualities that make ACM special. Lorrie Dunn will be on campus in the College Center Room #150 the following days/times:
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 is available by appointment and in emergencies to help any student [or employee] who has experienced past or present domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, incest, or stalking. All FCRC services are free.
4. Mental Health First Aid
Drs. Renee Conner and June Bracken were certified in March 2014 for the nationally recognized program known as Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First Aid teaches the basic knowledge and skills to respond to an individual in distress. Drs. Conner and Bracken were certified both as mental health "first aiders" and as instructors to teach the ACM employees who wish to be certified as mental health "first aiders" which provides employees with valuable skills to manage distressed students and to know what to do if a student is in crisis. Look for the Koala!!
5. Screening for Mental Health
Allegany College of Maryland has registered with College Response to offer online screening programs for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder, alcohol/drug use disorders, and eating disorders. These free 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.
**Go to www.allegany.edu >> Student Affairs/Counseling/College Response
6. Medical or Mental Health Emergencies
Anyone 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. (NOTE: ACM does not provide transportation and/or hospitalization costs.)