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Therapy session

What is a PRP?

People with serious & persistent mental illness and/or serious emotional disturbance sometimes need help functioning in work, living, social, and learning environments. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs (PRP) help these individuals develop the emotional, social, and intellectual skills needed to live, learn, and work in the community as independently as possible.


​The Department of Mental Health and Hygiene authorizes and regulates all accreditation-based licensed PRPs in Maryland. All PRP participants will receive high-quality, evidence-based services personalized to their individual needs.

What are the benefits of a PRP?

When patients work with a PRP, they gain the skills they need to maintain healthy relationships and become independent members in their community. Our providers work with patients on daily living and social skills (grooming, hygiene, nutrition, dietary planning, and budgeting/money management), coordinate with their treatment team, and assist with case management to help navigate the entitlement system (courts, parole and probation, SSA, DSS, local housing agencies, etc.).

What are the differences between a therapist and a PRP?


  • Conducts assessments 

  • Diagnoses mental health disorders

  • Creates a treatment plan based on individual needs and priorities

  • Provides ongoing therapy to help cope with mental disorder

  • Monitor and evaluate the progress of their patients


  • Connects with community partners for

  • Provides case management support - helps navigate the entitlement system (Courts, Parole and Probation, SSA, DSS, local housing agencies

  • Develops crisis management and wellness skills —Housing/Jobs/Vocational Readiness/Computer technology

  • Provides life skills training — grooming, hygiene, nutrition, dietary planning, budgeting/money management

  • Assists with scheduling and coordination of appointments

  • Provides transportation to and from doctor visits

  • Coordinates with treatment team (i.e therapist, psychiatrists, PCP, substance abuse providers, specialists)

Two people in a therapy session facing each other

What happens when a therapist and a PRP work together?

When a therapist and a PRP work together to support their clients, everyone involved benefits. Therapists provide the diagnosis, outline the treatment plan, and monitors the patient's progress through weekly therapy sessions. The therapist refers the patient to a Pyschiatric Rehabilitation Provider to help execute actionable items on the patient's treatment plan. They provide the day to day support (transportation, social outings, housing and job searches, etc.) to ensure patients are developing the right skills to successfully stay compliant with and complete their treatment plan and become independent members of society.

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