The next year, On Our Own, Inc. received additional federal and state funds to open a consumer-operated drop-in center in Baltimore City, Maryland. This, too, was the first of its kind in the United States. That same year, On Our Own of Montgomery County was formed and in January 1985, they initiated the second consumer-operated drop-in center funded by MHA, in Rockville, Maryland. Additionally, consumers organized an On Our Own group in Howard County.
In 1985, the Baltimore chapter hosted the first national primary consumer conference in the United States, the Alternatives '85, using funding from NIMH-CSP through the Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration. This was held at the College of Notre Dame and more than 400 consumers from across the United States attended, including representatives from Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
The same chapter formed a statewide project called On Our Own of Maryland in 1986, with participation from the other consumer groups, in order to have a more formalized structure for input into the mental health system.
Four years later, On Our Own, Inc. Baltimore, through the On Our Own of Maryland project, helped to facilitate the start of a similar consumer group in Prince George's County. One year later, another group started in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
On Our Own of Maryland, Inc. became an official, separate corporation in October 1992, after receiving a three-year federal service system improvement grant, targeted for the establishment of a formal statewide consumer organization.
What was a steering committee for this organization’s project became the official board of directors.
In March 1993, On Our Own of Maryland opened its own offices in south Baltimore City, Maryland. Since then, On Our Own of Maryland has provided technical assistance to new consumer groups organizing on the upper and lower Eastern Shore, Allegany, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Washington, Howard, Frederick, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Garrett, and Cecil Counties, Maryland.