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Laurel Hall School Receives Type III Licensure to Expand Education Program Opportunities on Brook Lane’s Main Campus

Rachel Hull, Director of Education ServicesBrook Lane, Western Maryland’s largest non-profit mental health system is excited to announce that its Laurel Hall School in Hagerstown has officially amended the current type I licensure to include a type III education program for general education/special education students in grades 1-12.

“The mission of our new Laurel Hall program is to support all students academically, structurally, foundationally and emotionally, while also being able to fill academic gaps, make overall progress and increase skill set remediation,” says Rachel Hull, Director of Education Services.

A type III program provides education consistent with a student’s personal education plan, focusing on the core content areas of language arts, science, social studies and science, for an average of 60 educational days. This program provides educational support, as well as potential standardized/ diagnostic testing in the areas of math and reading. It also includes transition planning to assist in preparing the student for further education or training, employment, independent living, or any combination of these.

 “Obtaining the type III licensure at the Laurel Hall School in Hagerstown is one more way Brook Lane is strengthening our continuum of care for children and adolescents,” says Jeffery D. O’Neal, CEO. “Now the children in overstay status in our inpatient unit and those in our new High Acuity Residential Crisis Program will be able to receive short-term general education services while in our care. Being able to keep up with educational requirements while receiving treatment is so important in the healing process.”

The first student was accepted into the type III education program in mid-February. Every resident in Brook Lane’s new High Acuity Residential Crisis Program, which opened the first week in February, has been able to participate in the type III education program. To date, there have been six students to qualify.

“It is so rewarding to be able to be a place of daily structure and support for our students who are in a time of uncertainty and transition. We look forward to seeing our new students express comfort and excitement about simply being able to come back to school,” says Hull.

About Brook Lane:

Brook Lane is western Maryland’s largest, non-profit mental health system. The main campus in Hagerstown, MD is home to the second largest freestanding psychiatric hospital in Maryland, serving children, adolescents, and adults. Brook Lane also provides a residential program for children and adolescents, partial hospitalization services for both adults and children and operates Type 1 & 3 special education programs in Washington County and a Type 1 program in Frederick County. Brook Lane’s three outpatient locations in Hagerstown, Frederick and Cumberland offer psychiatry services and therapy for all ages. The InSTEP program provides outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment options for individuals with substance use treatment needs. For more information, visit