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


Open Enrollment for Healthcare

The open enrollment period for 2019 coverage is November 1 to December 15, 2018. (However, if you're eligible for Medicaid, you can enroll year-round.)

The hours at the Health Department are (excluding State holidays)
Monday - 8am to 4pm  
Tuesday - 8am to 4pm
Wednesday - 8am to 6pm
Thursday - 8am to 4pm
Friday - 8am to 4pm

Weekend hours are:
Saturday,  Dec 8, 2018  (walk-in)
9am to 2pm
Saturday, Dec 15, 2018  (appointment only)
9am to 2pm

To make an appointment for assistance enrolling in health coverage call 410-500-4710.  For any other questions, call 410-313-5845 during normal business hours.  For information about what to bring to your appointment visit our Access to Healthcare page.

Seasonal Flu Clinics

Walk-In.  No appointment necessary.

Dates (All Wednesdays):
November 28, 2018
December 12, 2018
December 19, 2018

All Clinics are:
9:00am to 12:00pm
Howard County Health Department 
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

Additional Clinics

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Miller Library

9421 Frederick Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21042
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
East Columbia Library

6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045
2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Lead Information & Resources

Visit the following Health Department pages:

 The Doctor Is In - Episode Two - Teen Mental Health & Suicide 

The Doctor Is In logo

The second episode of the Health Department podcast, The Doctor Is In is now available on Howard Community College’s Dragon Digital Radio.  This episode explores teen mental health and suicide.  In Howard County, from 2014-2016, suicide was the number one cause of death for teens age 15-19. In this podcast, we'll talk to the mother of a Howard County girl who died by suicide and to the lead clinician from Grassroots' Mobile Crisis Team about teen mental health, suicide and resources available to help. You can hear all of the episodes of The Doctor Is In at: 

Featured Video

Howard County Health Department Peer Support Specialist, Scott Sheldon, talks about his experience with substance misuse and the purpose of the Good Samaritan Law.


Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page.  For Opioid Overdose Response (naloxone) Training, call 410-313-6202 or contact  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 

December 17, 2018  9:00 a.m. 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

Wednesday, 5 December, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Walk-In Flu Immunization Clinic

Saturday, 8 December, 2018
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Open Enrollment Event - Walk In

Tuesday, 11 December, 2018
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM HCHD Seasonal Flu Immunization Clinic
Miller Library

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Walk-In Flu Immunization Clinic
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Local Behavioral Health Authority Board Meeting

Saturday, 15 December, 2018
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Open Enrollment Event - Appointment Only
Open Enrollment Ends

Monday, 17 December, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Opioid Overdose Prevention Training

Tuesday, 18 December, 2018
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM HCHD Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinic
East Columbia Library

Wednesday, 19 December, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Walk-In Flu Immunization Clinic

Tuesday, 25 December, 2018
Christmas Day - Offices Closed

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