Services offered through the substance use and referral program include but are not limited to:
- Referrals to the Student Assistance Program,
- Referrals to on-campus resources and supports,
- Assessment of needs,
- Referral for mental wellness or behavioral health concerns, and
- Health and safety referrals
Substance Use Support and Referral Program
The Office of Student Support is committed to supporting those who may struggle with substance use. Our office is ready to provide assistance , information, and referrals to any member of the UBalt Community or their loved one.
Through this program, the Clinical Case Manager (CCM) works with students to learn about their specific situation, needs, and concerns regarding substance use. During the conversation, the CCM may provide information or referrals to local agencies including the Student Assistance Program.
The Office of Student Support strives to guide and empower individuals to make informed decisions about their health and future goals. It is important to note that depending on everyone's circumstances, there may be a need to involve additional offices.
For more information about the university’s policies regarding alcohol and drug use, please refer to the Code of Conduct.
Indicators of Concern or NeedIf you notice these signs in yourself or a loved one you may benefit from this program.
• Increase in frequency or quantity of use
• Disrupted sleep
• Financial problems related to use
• Relationship problems related to use
• Missed work or social engagements due to use
• Change in overall attitude and personality with no identifiable cause
• Increased tolerance or needing more of the substance to achieve the same effect
• Negative physical or emotional side effects when you stop using
• To learn more consider signing up to take the free AlcoholEdu ad Rx everfi tutorials .
Confidentiality and Privacy
The utmost care will be taken with all information that is shared with the Clinical Case Manager and the Office of Student Support. Only when sharing of information is required by law as described below or may prove beneficial by connecting the student with resources within the University or broader community will it be considered. In these instances, every effort will be made to partner with the student in the decision-making process where possible. The information shared is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Additionally, information shared as part of the intake with the Clinical Case Manager may be shared with the Student Assistance Program if deemed necessary by the Clinical Case Manager. Once the information is shared with the Student Assistance Program it becomes protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In which case, any information shared with the Student Assistance Program cannot be shared without the student’s permission unless there is:
• An imminent threat to the safety of self or others
• An imminent risk of self-harm to self or others
• Any reportable abuse/neglect of a child or a vulnerable adult
How to access the Substance Use Support and Referral Program
To refer yourself, another student, or to receive information for a loved one, complete the online COMPASS referral form. Referrals can be made 24 hours a day but will only be answered when the Clinical Case Manager is in the office.
If you think that you or someone you know is in immediate need of help, you can call 911 for the University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Department or local emergency personnel.
Policies and Reports
The University will always seek to provide support when a student comes forward to share that they are struggling with addiction. However, in some instances where there is a direct negative impact on the campus community, disruption or other serious outcomes the University may proceed with conduct charges as appropriate.
Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Efforts Working Group
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention Efforts Working Group is made up of professionals from around the institution responsible for educating the UBalt Community about Alcohol and Drug Policies at the University of Baltimore. The group meets regularly to review, plan, and communicate efforts around alcohol and other drug prevention.
Name Title Pavan M. Purswani Associate Director for Student Support (Chair) Llatetra Brown Esters, Ed.D. Dean of Students William Schnirel Executive Director of Student Development Anthony Butler Director for the Rosenberg Center for Student Involvement Sally Reed Associate Vice President of Human Resources David Elliot Employee Relations Specialist Paul Manrique, J.D. Assistant Dean of Students, UBalt School of Law Tony DuLaney Clinical Case Manager Megan Humphries Student Conduct Case Manager Jason Kunz Acting Captain of the University of Baltimore Police Department