Our History

Sheppard Pratt Health System has been improving the quality of life in our community by providing mental health, special education, and substance abuse services for more than 161 years. While our treatments and therapies have always been modern and ahead of their time, our patient-centered approach and compassionate care has remained the same as when we first opened our doors in 1891. Our founder, Moses Sheppard envisioned an institution that treated patients with respect and dignity, with a window in each room and soothing grounds to look at through that window, a vision that also inspired our second benefactor, Enoch Pratt.

More than 160 years later, Sheppard Pratt Health System, continues to carry out Sheppard's dream and serve as a leader in patient care, special education, and research, to help people with mental illness heal and recover.



We provide a full range of treatment options in 38 locations throughout Maryland. 

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