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 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.