Advocacy & Support

DBSA (Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance)
Loyola Clinical Centers TBI Survivors and Family Support Group
Loyola University’s Columbia Graduate Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD 21045, 410-617-1200  
Graduate students in pastoral counseling and speech-language pathology will direct this group with direct supervision from licensed and certified professionals.  The group is for TBI survivors and their family and will focus on peer support, adjustment issues, and cognitive skills training.  The cost is nominal – sliding scale is available.  Individual and family therapy is also offered at the center.

Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 234, Columbia, MD 21044
410-730-8267 or 1-888-607-3637 / 410-730-8331 Fax
The Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a grassroots coalition of family and advocacy organizations dedicated to improving services for children with mental health needs and their families and building a network of information and support for families across Maryland.  Visit our website to learn about Coalition initiatives and browse our online directory of resources.

NAMI-Howard County
9650 Santiago Road, Suite 1
Columbia, MD 21045
410-772-9300 / 410-772-9307 Fax
NAMI – Howard County is a grassroots, self-help, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness, by providing education, support, advocacy, and outreach programs. Support Groups:  Call NAMI for information about support groups and education programs for family members and individuals who have a chronic mental illness.

On Our Own of Howard County, Inc.
6440 Dobbin Road, Suite B 
Columbia, MD 21045,
410-772-7905/410-772-7906 Fax
Wellness & Recovery Center:  On Our Own of Howard County operates a Wellness & Recovery Center at various times on weekdays and weekends and on holidays for county residents who have a behavioral health issue (i.e. mental health or substance abuse disorders.)  This is a peer-operated service that provides socialization, advocacy, educational and natural support opportunities for individuals with mental illness.  Many of the recipients of mental health services who come to the Wellness & Recovery Center say it is a place to relax and feel comfortable.  Members share similar experiences and discuss ways of coping with their illness.
Transportation is provided for those individuals who would have a problem getting to the center without it.  Contact the Program Director at 410-772-7905 for further information.

GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing)
Howard County Group Chapter
Arielle Sokoll-Ward

Survivor of Suicide Loss Support Group
Meeting times 2 times per month
Meeting place:  Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
Registration and Information:  Please contact Amanda at

HC DrugFree
Wilde Lake Village Center
5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206
Columbia, Maryland 21044
Phone 443-325-0040