Behavioral Health


The Health Department's Bureau of Behavioral Health is NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS

Please call us at 410-313-6202 to discuss options.

We continue to offer the following services to clients:

  • Outpatient substance use disorder treatment at the Howard County Detention Center
  • State Care Coordination
  • Maryland Recovery Net Care Coordination
  • Peer Recovery Support Services
  • Alcohol and drug screenings for Temporary Cash Assistance Recipients at the Howard County Department of Social Services
  • Overdose Response Program trainings with naloxone distribution
  • Opioid Misuse Prevention Programming  
Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday 

8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045
(Howard Transit Red Bus Route)

Important Links: 
Prevention Services provided by HC DrugFree

Resource Directory

Storage and Disposal of Unwanted Medications

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Upcoming Opioid Overdose Response Program Training

 Days Dates Times Location
 Monday  November 21, 2016
10:00 a.m.

Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD  21045

 Monday  December 19, 2016
10:00 a.m.
 Same location

The Dangers of Fentanyl

From Maryland Public Television- Overcoming Opioids: Fentanyl

The video shares the devastating story of Beth Schmidt, a mother whose son died of an opioid overdose.  Beth works with Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates and Maryland Coalition of Families.  The end of the video shows the International Overdose Awareness Day Event in Howard County on August 31, 2016 organized by James’ Place, Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates and the Howard County Health Department.   Beth co-led the candle lighting ceremony at the end of the event.  The video shows many Howard County elected officials, leaders, speakers, and guests including County Executive Allan Kittleman, County Council Chairperson Dr. Calvin Ball, Chief of Police Gary Gardner, Associate Judge of District Court, Presiding Judge of Adult Drug Court/DUI Court the Honorable Richardo Zwaig, Medical Director for Fire and Rescue Dr. Matt Levy, Administrator of the Detention Center Mr. Kavanagh, many Bureau of Behavioral Health staff from the Howard County Health Department and many other speakers and guests.   

Safe Storage and Disposal of Prescription Medicines

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Responding to an Opioid Overdose
Naloxone (Narcan) Now Available from Primary Care Physicians

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is working with physicians state-wide to address the opioid overdose public health crisis. Most all doctors are now able to write prescriptions for Naloxone (the life-saving drug that reverses the effects of opioids).

In order to have your doctor or health care provider write you a prescription, the doctor must follow the below guidelines:

  • Anyone who has completed the Overdose Response Program (We offer the program. Call 410-313-6202 for more information.)
  • Anyone with a known history of IV drug use or misuse of prescription opioids
  • Anyone who receives high-dose opioids or receives opioids regularly
  • Anyone who has been hospitalized for an opioid overdose
  • Anyone who uses opioids with antidepressants, benzodiazepines, alcohol or other drugs
  • Anyone who uses opioids with a history of major organ problems (kidneys, liver, heart or lungs)
  • Anyone using opioids with a history of mental illness 
  • Anyone receiving treatment for a substance use disorder

Naloxone is available in the Medicaid Program without pre-authorization state-wide. There is a $1 co-pay, but you will not be turned away if you cannot pay the copay.

Please encourage family members and friends of those who use opioids to take our Opioid Overdose Response Program. It is FREE of charge and may help you save a life!! Call us at 410-313-6202 and we can schedule you for one of our upcoming training.

 Current Efforts to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

  • Outpatient substance use disorder treatment in the clinic at the Bureau of Behavioral Health, Howard County Health Department the including
    buprenorphine treatment and Vivitrol treatment both are medication options to treatment opioid addiction.

  • Assessments and referrals to inpatient treatment.

  • Free Overdose Response Program trainings for the public including free naloxone and kit

  • Opioid Misuse Prevention Programming efforts
    • Overdose Fatality Review Team meeting quarterly to review overdose case to assist with countywide planning and implementation of programs/projects to combat opioid epidemic
    • Social media campaigning
    • Informational emails, flyers, posters, website information
    • Continuing education events for prescribers

  • The Behavioral Health Work Group and Task Groups of the Local Health Improvement Council are actively working on Overdose Prevention efforts, Suicide Prevention efforts, and the development of a Behavioral Health toolkit (resource and information for BH treatment and services).

  • Viewing DHMH, Prescription Drug Monitoring Data, local data to assist with planning and implementation of projects/programming.

  • Transition implementation efforts are underway in the Bureau of Behavioral Health at the Health Department with staff moving from clinical direct service roles to administrative Local Addiction Authority roles with the closing of the outpatient clinic the end of December 2016.  This will allow more time and attendance for population health planning and implementation such as for opioid overdose epidemic.

  • Working to establish a pilot program with Howard County General Hospital for the hospital to refer opioid overdose patients to Behavioral Health, Health Department peer recovery support staff to provide resources, referrals, and follow up services to patients and family members at the hospital in an attempt to reduce opioid overdoses

  • Working to implement a pilot program with Howard County Police Department for Behavioral Health, Health Department peer recover support staff to respond to opioid overdose scenes with the police to provide resources, referrals, and follow up services to patients  and family members at the scene and/or the hospital in an attempt to reduce opioid overdoses

  • Working to establish pilot programming within the Bureau of Behavioral Health at the Health Department to provide substance use disorder community liaison services and private insurance ombudsman services to provide resources, referrals, follow up, and advocacy to patients and family members in need of substance use disorder services.

  • Opioid Summit October 4, 2016

  • International Overdose Awareness Day Candle Light Vigil 8/31/16

  • Take Back Day (unused medication drop off) at HC DrugFree October 22, 2016

  • National Recovery Month Events in HC September