About Way Station....

Mission Statement

Way Station, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate and quality behavioral health care, housing and employment services to adults with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance addictions; children and adolescents with emotional and
behavioral challenges; and veterans with service needs. Way Station embraces the principles of recovery and resilience and is committed to providing evidence-based, consumer-driven, and family-focused services.

Way Station is a private, non-profit behavioral health organization that provides a broad range of services in a variety of settings to meet the needs of children, adolescents, adults, and families. Headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, Way Station has programs in four counties in Maryland and employs about 400 employees. In 2011, Way Station served more than 3,000 individuals.

Founded in 1978, Way Station has a rich history of providing high quality care and achieving exceptional results. Way Station’s advocacy role within the Maryland Public Mental Health System for the past quarter of a century demonstrates its ability to build and reform integrated and collaborative systems of care for individuals at-risk of institutional placement, and to effectively shift the focus of care away from institutions and back to community settings. In the 1970’s, Way Station provided technical support to the Mental Hygiene Administration in shifting the locus of care for individuals with mental illness from institutions to communities by amending the State Medicaid Plan to provide coverage for community-based psychiatric rehabilitation day programs. In the 1980’s, Way Station was instrumental in assisting the Mental Hygiene Administration to make the next shift from facility-based community mental health care to more natural and integrated community settings such as an individual’s home by amending the State Medicaid Plan again to allow for coverage of non-facility based services. Several years ago, Way Station was influential in taking the next step in system reform to allow more flexibility in community-based services, increase provider accountability and risk-sharing, and promote a “wraparound” model of care by changing the financing system.

Way Station’s National Education Center has provided programmatic consultation in partnership with George Washington University Center for Health Policy Research to over 200 government and private disability agencies from over 25 states and 8 countries. Additionally, Way Station provides fieldwork training to advanced-degree human service students from across the country through formal affiliations with over 85 colleges and universities. Recognized in numerous national and international professional journals, Way Station was selected most recently as one of three awardees in Maryland to administer a national demonstration program that pilots innovative strategies in supported employment for individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities.

Way Station services are licensed and approved by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland Department of Human Resources, Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services, and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration, and are nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Way Station has been endorsed as a national exemplary model program by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill, recognized by USA Today as the “bright spot” in Maryland’s mental health system, and honored by the White House as one of America’s “Points of Light.”

In 1996, Way Station affiliated with the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Health Foundation, a 100-year old, not-for-profit behavioral health system that has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as operating one of the top ten psychiatric hospitals in the nation.

Our Guiding Principles

Accountability and Integrity - Commitment to our mission. Truth in action and responsiveness. Conducting ourselves in an ethical, honest and forthright manner. Informed decision-making. Clear communication. Compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards. Corporate and social responsibility.
Standards of Quality - Striving for excellence. Meeting professional standards and continuously improving all aspects of our work.
Partnership and Collaboration - Working together discovering our common ground and collective strength.
Inspiration - Promoting hope and recovery. Envisioning opportunity.
Respect and Cultural Diversity - Appreciating and cultivating unity in diversity. Fostering an environment that embraces and celebrates the diversity of all our constituents. Consideration for differing perspectives.
Empowerment - Finding strength within. Encouraging the autonomy of both our consumers and staff using teamwork to achieve individualized goals and personal growth and development. Assuring accessibility.
Learning Environment - Enhancing professional knowledge and skills through inquiry, teaching, learning, and research.
Safety - Providing a safe environment for consumers, staff, volunteers, and visitors.
Innovation - Using the expertise and creativity of our staff, as well as the latest scientific advancements, to create a system that is a model for others.
Values and Fiscal Responsibility - Assuring that our services are effective and that the cost of our services appropriately reflects their value. Operating in a fiscally responsible and cost efficient manner.
Caring - Providing services with empathy, compassion, and sensitivity.
Notice of Privacy Practices

Questions regarding Way Station and its services may be directed to
Peggy Remsch, Enrollment Specialist, premsch@waystationinc.org