Our History

Arundel Lodge is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, that provides
mental health and substance use services to children, adults and families throughout
Anne Arundel County and beyond.

Deinstitutionalization creates a new order

The government policy known as Deinstitutionalization began in 1955. It moved individuals with behavioral health disorders out of state psychiatric hospitals, inadvertently trading one crisis for another.

By the 1970’s, President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on Mental Health, stated that Deinstitutionalization was “the objective of maintaining the greatest degree of freedom, self-determination, autonomy, dignity, and integrity of body, mind, and spirit for the individual [with mental illness] while he or she participates in treatment or receives services.”

Unfortunately, for a disproportionately large number of individuals in communities all across the country, there were no  places to receive appropriate treatment or services.

This is the distressing position in which a group of parents right here in Anne Arundel County found their adult children–so, they did something about it…Arundel Lodge was founded in 1975!

Where we are today: Hope Re-imagined

Today, Arundel Lodge serves over 3000 community members annually and is considered a Center for Excellence in Recovery!

  • We provide a comprehensive array of programs and services that can work together to support every aspect of a person’s life
  • We reinforce a holistic view of behavioral health
  • We partner with other community organizations to help lay the groundwork for individuals to experience the fruits of hope

It’s what we call…hope re-imagined!

2600 Solomons Island Rd, Edgewater, MD

In 2005, the community’s growing needs prompted an expansion. We moved from a small, dark warehouse office in Annapolis to where we sit today. Our building was designed by Annapolis architect, Catherine Purple Cherry, who specializes in designing spaces for people with special needs. Purple Cherry paid careful attention to color, light and acoustics, creating for Arundel Lodge visitors an inviting looking space that makes everyone feel welcome.

Thanks to this expansion we have been able to add:

  • 2007 Evidence based Supported Employment Program
  • 2008 Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
  • 2013 Behavioral Health Home and Same Day Access
  • 2015 First Step Recovery Program and Marcus Youth and Family Center

In 2011, Arundel Lodge was designated as a Center for Excellence in Recovery by the state of Maryland and in 2014, we were awarded the highest level of accreditation by CARF International.

For more information about our programs and services, click here or call us at 443-433-5900.