Focus Areas: Violence
Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration
Janel began her work with the Behavioral Health Administration as the Director of Suicide Prevention in August 2017 where she worked to transform the state crisis hotline by standardizing reporting to better identify consumer needs. Janel led the partnership project with 211 Maryland to introduce a three-digit crisis hotline phone number along with chat and text services. Janel manages departments that focus on to suicide prevention, and leads the Maryland's Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network (MD-SPIN). Janel was recently appointed as the Chair for the Governor's Commission on Suicide Prevention.
The Maryland Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Administration is comprised of several offices collaborating to bolster the behavioral health system of care to improve health, wellness, and quality of life for Marylanders across the lifespan. Suicide prevention initiatives are based in the Office of Health Promotion and Prevention (HPP). HPP manages the state crisis hotline system, oversees federal grants related to suicide prevention, coordinates training opportunities, and provides staff to the Governor’s Commission on Suicide Prevention.