Behavioral Health

The Health Department's Bureau of Behavioral Health offers substance use disorder services including assessments, individual  sessions, group sessions and family counseling for adolescents and adults. 
The Bureau of Behavioral Health is certified and staffed with licensed counselors who can provide the following: 

  • Assessments
  • Referrals
  • Early Intervention

  • Outpatient Treatment
  • Outpatient Treatment at the Howard County Detention Center
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment (minimum of 9 hours a week)
  • Urine Drug Testing
  • Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Monitoring
  • Buprenorphine Induction and Maintenance
  • Continuing Care
  • Care Coordination
  • Peer Recovery Support Services


  • Walk-in assessments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
  • Assessments by appointment are on Wednesdays and Fridays ONLY 

The program bills Medicaid and some private insurance plans.  If you are uninsured, you may qualify for Medicaid or a qualified health plan and could apply for coverage at the DOOR to HealthCare.  For those who are uninsured, the fees are based on a sliding scale based on family income and family size.

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

The Dangers of Fentanyl

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