Behavioral Health Integration Workgroup

The County Executive submitted Behavioral Health Integration legislation to the County Council in Spring 2018.  It passed unanimously and took effect July 1, 2018.  The county’s behavioral health services are now all housed in the Howard County Health Department.  An important component of the legislation was the formation of a newly integrated Local Behavioral Health Advisory Board.  The board will be comprised of consumers, family members of consumers, and behavioral health professionals to guide the County on policy and advocate for critical interventions from which all Howard County residents can benefit.  

Read Testimony on Council Bill No. 13-2018, a Bill establishing a Local Behavioral Health Advisory Board from the County Executive's Director of Policy and Programs.

The Behavioral Health Integration Workgroup will explore ways to connect and integrate mental health and substance abuse services within Howard County. The workgroup is comprised of members from the Howard County Health Department, the Mental Health Authority, the Board of Health, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board, the Mental Health Authority Board and various non-profit organizations which operate in Howard County, . The county will host a series of public meetings during March and April to discuss behavioral health integration options. At the conclusion of the meetings, the workgroup will provide Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman with recommendations on an integration model appropriate for Howard County.

The meeting dates are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, March 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Health Department, 8930 Stanford Boulevard, Barton Room in Columbia
  • Wednesday, April 5, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Columbia/Ellicott City Room in Ellicott City
  • Wednesday, April 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Health Department, 8930 Stanford Boulevard, Barton Room in Columbia.
  • Wednesday, May 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Columbia/Ellicott City Room in Ellicott City
  • Wednesday, May 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Columbia Ellicott City Room in Ellicott City

Read the press release for more information.

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