Crisis Services

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center & Hotline

6700 Freetown Road
Columbia, MD 21044 
24 Hour Hotline:  410-531-6677 or dial 2-1-1

Provides telephone and free walk-in counseling by trained staff, emergency shelter for homeless, 24-hour suicide hotline, Mobile Crisis Team 7 days/week (9 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and a Runaway Teen Program that provides crisis intervention for runaway youth and their families.  Immediate access is available to Language Line for telephone translation into most languages.

Crisis Textline

Text HOME to 741741.
It’s free and 24/7.

Maryland Mind Health Text Line

Text MDMINDHEALTH to 898-211. Sign up to receive support, information and resources for staying connected  Envie texto MDSALUDMENTAL a 898-211. Registrese y reciba apoyo, infomacion y recursos para mantenerse conectado.

There is Hope App 

Grassroots Suicide Prevention App
Download the free app in both Apple and Google Play stores.

Help 4 MD Youth
Monday - Friday,  4:00-9:00 PM

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Mobile Crisis Team

The Howard County Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) is available free of charge to any Howard County resident or individual present in Howard County at the time of a mental health crisis by calling 410-531-6677.  MCT is a partnership with the Howard County Health Department, Howard County Police Department and Grassroots.  During hours of operation, MCT staff are able to respond to psychiatric crisis identified by the Police.  Two mental health professionals go to where the individual is located and explore suitable support to de-escalate the crisis and help the person in trouble.  If there is an issue of safety, the team is able to gain police assistance to have the person transported to the emergency room at Howard County General Hospital for a thorough psychiatric evaluation.  The Mobile Crisis Team is available by calling 410-531-6677 or by calling the police at 911 and requesting the Mobile Crisis Team.  MCT will refer the individual and family members to available community resources and follow-up to assure linkage.
MCT Hours of Operation
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM  Monday-Sunday (7 days a week)

Crisis Beds

Crisis beds provide 24/7 intensive mental health and support services that are designed to provide clinical support to an individual in a psychiatric crisis.  Crisis beds can be used as an alternative to in-patient hospitalization, when appropriate, or as a step-down from an in-patient psychiatric unit when the individual needs continued clinical support post-discharge.

Anyone who meets the criteria listed below is eligible for a Crisis Bed:

1. Is over 18 years of age,

2. Has a diagnosis of a serious mental illness,

3. Due to acute symptomatology related to the individual’s psychiatric condition, has impaired ability to function within the individual’s community living situation and is in need of a crisis bed to avoid inpatient psychiatric admission or to shorten the length of inpatient stay,

4. For clinical reasons, if it is felt that the individual needs a temporary separation from the current living situation,

5. Has agreed to be referred to a crisis bed,

6. Expects to be able to comply with treatment recommendations, with staff support, and

7. Is able to care for physical needs and basic personal hygiene, with staff support.

To access Crisis Beds contact Way Station at:
(410) 418-4048 phone
(410) 418-4019 fax


Hopeworks (Formerly the Domestic Violence Center)
 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21046
410-997-2272 – 24 hour Helpline
 Phone/ 410-99