Director, Behavioral Health
Anne Arundel County Department of Health
Sandra O’Neill, LCPC, is the Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Bureau of Behavioral Health. She has her undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, Florida. She has been licensed as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland since 2005. She is an approved alcohol and drug supervisor and an approved supervisor for Licensed Graduate Professional Counselors in Maryland. She has been with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s Bureau of Behavioral Health since May 2006.
Sandy is a seasoned professional counselor and an effective public health program administrator whose work in the behavioral health field spans 20 years. She is dedicated to providing and promoting the ethical, empathetic and effective delivery of evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery services to those whose lives have been disrupted by behavioral health disorders. Sandy is also passionate about increasing public awareness and understanding of behavioral health issues to reduce stigma and increase the wellness of county residents.
Sandy has been on the frontline of addressing Anne Arundel County's growing opioid epidemic, which was declared a public health emergency in the State of Maryland and the County in January 2015. In partnership with local hospitals, state and federal officials, community agencies and the criminal justice system, Sandy and her Department of Health team have been working on innovative approaches to reduce opioid abuse and overdose. These multifaceted efforts span the continuum of care and include: the Fatality Overdose Review Team, coordinating a public health response with other agencies, community-based providers as well as partnering with national agencies such as HIDTA and SAMHSA in order to prevent future fatal and non-fatal overdoses.
Wednesday, July 10
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM