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Chapter 8-H: Medical Information and Referral


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211 Maryland: Healthcare
Dial 211
; 1-800-492-0618 toll free throughout Maryland; TTY: dial Maryland Relay 711
Experienced staff members help callers explore their problems and connects them of the public, nonprofit and private community resources that can help with their situation. This service is free and confidential. Callers may remain anonymous. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Abilities Network, Inc./ Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region
8503 LaSalle Road
Towson, Maryland 21286
410-828-7700; Toll Free 1-800-492-2523
Assists individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The program can assist individuals in learning more about specific disabilities, including autism and epilepsy and in locating financial assistance programs, support groups, and community based resources. Assists individuals of all abilities and their families to live, work, socialize and to reach their highest level of participation in the community.


Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
3417 Volta Place, NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-337-5220; TTY: 202-337-5221; Email:
Helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.


Alzheimer's Association - Greater Maryland Chapter
1850 York Road, Suite D
Timonium, Maryland 21093-5142
1-800-272-3900 (24/7 Helpline); 410-561-9099
Helpline volunteers with caregiving experience answer questions about caring for persons with Alzheimer's disease and refer the caller to appropriate community services. Offers support groups and Safe Return Program which helps reunite families if the person with Alzheimer's becomes lost.


American Cancer Society - Mid-Atlantic Division
8219 Town Center Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21236
410-931-6850; 800-227-2345 (National Cancer Information Center, 24 hours, 7 days a week); TTY: 1-866-228-4327
Trained cancer information specialists are available to answer questions about cancer, link callers with resources in their communities, and provide information on local events. Callers who speak languages other than English and Spanish can also be assisted. The National Cancer Information Center includes an online chat and email response center staffed by cancer information specialists who respond to questions and comments submitted through the Society's website.


American Diabetes Association - Maryland Office
2002 Clipper Park Road, Suite 110
Baltimore, Maryland 21211
1-888-DIABETES (Center for Information and Community Support available Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 8 pm EST) or 410-265-0075
Offers information on diabetes, can also:refer you to an Association-recognized provider/education seminar in the area; assist in connecting you with the appropriate local resources in your area; and assist people who face discrimination based on diabetes.


American Heart Association - Maryland Council, Inc.
415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Has online help on heart conditions and getting health, as well as information on local programs. Help in finding CPR, first aid and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) training and education


American Lung Association in Maryland
211 East Lombard Street, #260
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
1-800-LUNG-USA (Lung HelpLine); 443-451-4950
Engaged in the fight against lung disease including asthma, emphysema, lung cancer, allergies, and more. From teaching management skills to a child with asthma, to educating your teen about tobacco's danger, to advocating for clean air for everyone, the American Lung Association of Maryland seeks to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Can phone, submit a question online or chat with a Registered Nurse or Registered Respiratory Therapists


American Red Cross - Central Maryland Chapter
4700 Mount Hope Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
Emergency assistance to victims of fires, storms, and other disasters, as well as community education to prevent and prepare for emergencies; provides blood and blood products, teaches and certifies people in lifesaving skills such as CPR, first aid, lifeguarding, child care and babysitter's training, and more.


Americans with Disabilities (ADA)
United States Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section - NYAV
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530
Toll Free 1-800-514-0301; TTY: 800-514-0383
For information and technical questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to order technical assistance materials.


The Arc of Baltimore, Inc.
7215 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21212-1552
410-296-2272; Email: 
Assists parents with and caregivers for children with a developmental disability to navigate "the systems of public and private assistance, special education, and other resources. Our staff is knowledgeable about community resources and can help families make appropriate connections for recreation, equipment, special education advocacy, and a host of matters." Provides services for adults and transitioning youth with developmental disabilities and their families including residential services, respite care, counseling and supported living arrangements. Service locations in Dundalk, Homeland, Parkville, Seton Park, Woodlawn


Arthritis Foundation - Mid-Atlantic Region
9891 Broken Land Pkwy, Suite 101
Columbia, Maryland 21046
Provides information on types of arthritis, including juvenile arthritis, treatments and coping techniques. Provides a list of doctors specializing in treatment of arthritis.


Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - Maryland-Greater Washington, DC Chapter (AAFA)
1498 Reisterstown Road, Suite 324
Baltimore, Maryland 21208
Learn about asthma and allergies. Provides a Physician Referral List for asthma and allergy doctors and educational resources for children. Join a support group or find out about h. These and countless other sources of help are available.


Autism Society of America - Baltimore-Chesapeake Chapter
P.O. Box 10822
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
410-655-7933 (24 hours)
Volunteer support organization that provides information, advocacy and support for families of children and adults and individuals with with autism spectrum disorders.


Baltimore County Crisis Response System (CRS)
Mental health crisis hotline 410-931-2214
24-hours, 7 days a week community hotline for mental health emergencies, including crisis and suicide prevention, and information and referral responses to the entire county. It is staffed by mental health professionals. Provides a telephone triage and intervention, a Mobile Crisis Team, in home intervention for families, face-to-face evaluation of needs, community education, and linkage to community information, treatment and support from mental health services.


Baltimore County Department of Aging - Caregivers Program
For information contact Maryland Access Point (MAP), 410-887-2594 or send e-mail to
Offers individual consultations to caregivers of older adults age 60 or older residing in Baltimore County who want some support and guidance in making difficult decisions about the care of a loved one. Provides information on local support groups and more.


Baltimore County Department of Health - Cancer Prevention Programs
Baltimore County Department of Health
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130
410-887-3456; TTY via Maryland Relay
Provides cancer prevention information and speakers about colorectal, prostate, breast and cervical cancers to organizations as well as offers free cancer screening services for age specific and income eligible Baltimore County residents.  Diagnosis and treatment services may be available for individuals screened through the program. All clinical services are provided by private medical professionals in the Baltimore areas and are scheduled by the nurse case management staff once individuals are determined eligible for the program.


Baltimore County Department of Health - Developmental Disabilities Program
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
410-887-2720, 410-887-4410 or 410-887-4411
Offers free family support, case management, information, referral, and advocacy services to anyone between the ages of birth and 21 years who has a developmental disability and is a resident of Baltimore County.


Cancer Information Service of National Cancer Institute (NCI)
BG 9609 MSC 9760
9609 Medical Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9760
1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
Available in English and Spanish
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
NCI information specialists are available to help answer your cancer-related questions whether you are a patient, family member or friend, or health care provider. Service available by mail, live chat or email (opens in new window) as well.


Center for Infant and Child Loss
737 West Lombard Street, Room 233
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
1-800-808-7437; 410-706-5062 (24 hours answering service)
Works with Maryland families facing the sudden unexpected death of their infant or child. Committed to increasing the understanding of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other child deaths, risk reduction practices, grief, and compassionate intervention.


Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Maryland Chapter
10626 York Road, Suite A
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
Toll Free 1-800-731-2873; 410-628-0795
Information about cystic fibrosis, living with cystic fibrosis, treatment and location of local care centers.


Foundation Fighting Blindness
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, Maryland 21046
Toll Free 1-800-683-5555; 410-423-0600; Local TTY: 410-363-7139; TTY Toll Free: 1-800-683-5551
Offers information on preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.


Hearing and Speech Agency
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building
5900 Metro Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
410-318-6780; Email:
Provides hearing and speech services, offers an information resource center and advocates for people of all ages with communication disorders/disabilities


JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) TypeOneNation - Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter
825 Hammonds Ferry Road, Suite H
Linthicum, Maryland 21090
Volunteers offer an Online Diabetes Support Team to answer your questions about type 1 (juvenile) diabetes and get you through this difficult time. Their goal is to respond within 48 hours.


The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - Maryland Chapter
100 Painters Mill Road, Suite 800
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Provides a wide range of support free educational and support programs for patients, their families, caregivers and guidance to those with leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma


The Lupus Foundation of America - DC/ Maryland/ Virginia Chapter
2000 L Street NW - Suite 415
Washington, D C 20036
Toll Free 1 -888-787-5380
Gives current information, offers education programs, local support groups, and personalized help with the questions that arise for those living with lupus and their family


Maryland Poison Center
220 Arch Street Office Level 1
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Telephone consultation in cases of poisoning.


Muscular Dystrophy Association - Baltimore Office
8501 LaSalle Road, Suite 106
Towson, Maryland 21286
Information and support for individuals affected by neuromuscular disease such as muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases.


National Kidney Foundation of Maryland
Heaver Plaza
1301 York Road, Suite 404
Lutherville, Maryland 21093-6007
410-494-8545; Toll Free: 1-800-671-5369 (Maryland only)
Information about kidney disease and related conditions. Offers a wide range of programs and services that benefit transplant recipients and chronic kidney disease and dialysis patients


National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Maryland Chapter
2219 York Road., Suite 302
Timonium, Maryland 21093
Information about multiple sclerosis, the Maryland MS Clinics and wellness groups in the area, and offers a variety of assistance programs to members


National Organization for Rare Disorders , Inc. (NORD)
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
Patient Information Center: Toll free 800-999-NORD (Voicemail only)
Provides information about rare diseases through its publications, website, and other educational offerings. One of its most important resources is the Rare Disease Database (opens in new window), including  1,200 rare disease reports developed for patients and their families that includes information on symptoms, causes, treatments, clinical trials, and links to other sources of help.


National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 500
Landover, Maryland 20785
Call 1-800-346-2742; TTY: 301-459-5984, email, or chat (opens in new window) available 8:30-5:30 EST, Monday to Friday.
Online gateway to disability- and rehabilitation-oriented information organized in a variety of formats designed to make it easy for users to find and use. The information specialists at NARIC use these resources every day to help our patrons find agencies, organizations, and online resources for treatment, benefits, and services


Parents' Place of Maryland, Inc.
801 Cromwell Park Drive, Suite 103
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
410-768-9100 (Voice, TTY);Email
Statewide, parent-directed resource center that for families of children and youth with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Individual assistance is provided over the phone and in-person to families who have questions about their child's needs such as special education and health care access. Most services are free to Maryland families.


Pathfinders for Autism Resource Center
303 International Circle, Suite 110
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030
443-330-5341 (HelpLine); toll-free 1-866-806-8400
E-mail: (opens in new window)
Provides accurate and current information to individuals with autism, their families and professionals. Contact an caring, knowledgeable staff member by phone, through their online support interface or e-mail. Learn about early intervention, recreation, education and medical options. Their website includes online resources that enables families and individuals to locate a wide range of health and human service information as it relates to autism spectrum disorders, information on services and programs throughout Maryland as well as articles, recommended reading, professional training, a calendar of autism-related events, and more. In addition, their Walk-in Center, offering hands-on tools and resource exchange.


Resource Finder at Kennedy Krieger Institute
Comprehensive online resource for disability-related information and support services focused on the needs of Maryland families with family members with developmental disabilities and related disorders. Search for organizations that can provide information, resources and support related to specific disabilities and issues.

Revised: February 12, 2018