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Our History

The name Walden was inspired by the work of Henry David Thoreau. St. Mary’s County has been home to Walden since 1973. Walden is a local, community-based, CARF (Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited organization with five different service campuses in Maryland.

Walden has received several excellence awards over the years. Two of these awards include:

  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Maryland Social Impact Award
  • Better With Less Award from Maryland Comptroller’s Office


Walden’s mission is to contribute to the well-being of the communities we serve by providing a comprehensive array of trauma-informed behavioral health and recovery support services. We are dedicated to bringing “Help for today. Hope for tomorrow.”


Walden exists to responsively meet community demand for behavioral healthcare, including the identification of emerging needs. We strive to provide high quality, compassionate services and leadership in the areas of integrated behavioral health (substance use disorder treatment and co-occurring trauma-informed mental health), crisis intervention services and recovery support services. We will have realized our vision when the communities we serve value the importance of brain-based health and wellness, and all seeking support toward greater health and wellness can receive and enjoy the life-long benefits of care.

About Us

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“I thank God for Walden.”

“Walden treats each other like family and had an ear open at all times.”

“There is no other treatment program I could have asked to help me succeed.”

“All the staff has been incredible on my long road to recovery.”