Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. -Mark Twain
Arundel Lodge provides services for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who seek community behavioral health treatment. We employ sign language interpreters to facilitate communication with hearing staff members and other community providers, and staff members who are themselves deaf and/or are knowledgeable about the needs of Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals communicate using American Sign Language (ASL). Through these services, Arundel Lodge makes programs, including Supported Employment, Day Program, Residential Services, and Outpatient Mental Health Clinic accessible to Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to support their recovery.
The Supported Employment Program offers one-on-one support to help Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals find employment. Staff members consider each person’s needs and assist with understanding and completing employment applications. Supported Employment Specialists work with local businesses to raise awareness about the needs of Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.
The Day Program offers classes, such as problem-solving and coping skills, taught in ASL. Because these classes are designed for Deaf and hard of hearing persons, individuals can strengthen their cultural identity and learn about issues that directly affect them. Arundel Lodge also partners with Deaf Addiction Services at Maryland (DASAM) to provide individual and group drug and alcohol counseling during Day Program hours.
The Deaf Residential Program offers independent living support to persons who reside in individual group homes. Residential staff members provide a variety of opportunities for persons served to interact with their Deaf peers, such as attending a Deaf church, Deaf bingo and events at Gallaudet University. Residents receive one-on-one support from a culturally competent staff member who helps foster their autonomy and independence.
The Outpatient Mental Health Clinic offers individual, family and group psychotherapy by a psychotherapist who is fluent in ASL and provides psychiatric medication management with a certified ASL interpreter.
Arundel Lodge’s newest pilot program includes teletherapy videoconferencing for Deaf and hard of hearing persons who reside on the eastern shore of Maryland and have limited access to culturally competent mental health professionals. Psychiatrists from Community Behavioral Health (CBH) in Salisbury and Cambridge partner with a certified ASL interpreter who has extensive knowledge and training about mental illness and its impact on communication to provide medication management.