Grassroots 24/7 Crisis Assistance - 410-531-6677 (local) or 2-1-1 (statewide)
Walk-in Assistance 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., 7 Days/Week at Grassroots Crisis Center 
Resources and Referrals - 410-313-6202 

For additional information and resources click above or visit HoCoOpioidHelp

Health Department Receives a One-Million Dollar Grant to Address Gap in Substance Use Disorder Care

The Howard County Health Department and Howard County have been working to address the substance misuse epidemic by developing solutions and identifying gaps in our service delivery system. The crisis County Executive with Health Officer, Police Chief, Fire Chief and Executive Director of grassroots at Press Eventservices and residential treatment component of the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment continuum of care is extremely limited within Howard County.  When residents are referred to SUD residential treatment and/or detoxification, wait periods may be several days before admission. This time period between referral and admission can result in a return to using, overdose, or seeking services at an emergency department (ED). 

Howard County is now able to address the gap in the continuum of treatment services. A $1 million dollar grant from the federal government through the State of Maryland Behavioral Health Administration, will allow Howard County to expand the existing Grassroots Crisis Intervention partnership to include on-site crisis stabilization services.  Grassroots’ current services will be expanded to include 24 hour short term monitoring, crisis stabilization, Care Coordination, transportation, and referral assistance.

For individuals experiencing a substance use related crisis, screening, client monitoring and crisis stabilization services will be offered. Specialized medical staff will be hired to provide stabilization services. Staff will be available 24 hours per day to ensure proper care and services are available to those in need, day and night.  The medical team will be available to assess and monitor clients’ progress throughout their time at Grassroots.  They will be connected to a care coordinator and peer recovery specialist to ensure they are warmly connected SUD residential and/or outpatient treatment and other resources as needed.

For more information about treatment resources and services, contact the Bureau of Behavioral Health at 410-313-6202 or visit their webpage by clicking here.

February is American Heart Monthheart and heartbeat rhythm

February is American Heart Month®. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States. 

Based on the 2017 Maryland Vital Statistics Annual Report, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Maryland, accounting for 23.3% of all deaths in the state. The report also states that in Howard County, nearly 500 deaths were caused by heart disease.

Read more about the risk factors and what you can do to prevent heart disease by clicking here.

Seasonal Flu Clinics

Walk-In hours. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. No appointment necessary.
Wednesday clinics are 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Howard County Health Department 
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045


Lead Information & Resources

Visit the following Health Department pages:

 The Doctor Is In - Episode Three - Public Health 101 

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The third episode of the Health Department podcast, The Doctor Is In is now available on Howard Community College’s Dragon Digital Radio.  It is no surprise that the words public health conjure up images of health inspectors investigating restaurants or perhaps a clinic for mothers and their babies.  While both are accurate, there is much more to public health than meets the eye.  In fact, it is often said that when public health is working, it is invisible. We’ll talk to three people working in very different areas of public health. You can hear all of the episodes of The Doctor Is In at: 

Featured Video

The Bonavitacola Family shares their experience with opioid overdose  and how it can happen in any family.

Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page.  Opioid Overdose Response (Narcan) Training is now provided on a "drop-in" basis twice a month.  For questions or more information call 410-313-6202 or contact  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 

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8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

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8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

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Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

An Opioid Overdose Response Program Information video is available for viewing online. To view, click on the following link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.

Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones

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Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets 
Ttwo female vet techs with dog on exam tablehe Howard County Health Department, in cooperation with the Animal Control and Adoption Center sponsor monthly local vaccination clinics to protect your pet from the rabies virus.
Bring your dog, cat, or ferret for a discounted vaccination the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Location:  8576 Davis Road
                  Columbia, MD 21045  
Time:  Every 3rd Thursday
    Between the hours of
12:00pm and 1:30pm

Cost: $5.00 cash or check
Payable to “Director of Finance”

•    All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier!
•    Pets must be at least 3 months of age to receive a vaccination.
•    Re-vaccinate animals by the 1 or 3 year vaccination expiration date.
•    Please bring proof of any previous vaccinations. For cats and dogs you will need a copy of the previous rabies vaccine from your veterinarian. This will allow us to document a 3 year vaccination on your new certificate.

For more information, contact:
Bureau of Environmental Health at 
(410) 313-1773
Animal Control and Adoption Center at 
(410) 313-2780

Food-borne Illnesses

Important: If you think you are sick due to eating bad food or food product, contact the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-313-1772.  After business cartoon of a tomato inundated by bacteria hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.

Calendar of Events

Friday, 1 February, 2019
American Heart Month begins
Wear Red for Heart Health

Tuesday, 5 February, 2019
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Drop-In Opioid Overdose Prevention Training

Wednesday, 13 February, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Local Behavioral Health Authority Board Meeting

Monday, 18 February, 2019
President's Day - Offices Closed

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Worthington ES Family Fitness & Wellness Night

Thursday, 21 February, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Monday, 25 February, 2019
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Healthy Eating Series

Tuesday, 26 February, 2019
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Ethical Considerations and Extreme Risk Protection Orders

Thursday, 28 February, 2019
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Drop-In Opioid Overdose Prevention Training

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