Howard County Board of Health

The Board of Health meets monthly (with the exception of July, August and December). The Board has general responsibility for the health and sanitary interests of the people of the County and works in accord with the County Council to ensure the health and safety of those in Howard County.

The Board of Health consists of 11 members appointed to five-year terms by the County Executive with County Council consent (Code 1957, Art. 25A, sec. 5(y); Code Health-General Article, secs. 3-101 through 3-202; County Code, sec. 12-101)

Board Workings:

  1. All members must be residents of Howard County, 18 years of age or older
  2. One member must be a professional in the area of Environmental Health
  3. Three members should be health professionals and one of the health professionals may be a veterinarian.
  4. The seven remaining members will represent the general public and will meet one of the following qualifications provided that not more than three meet the same qualification:
    1. at least two may not have professional or administrative training in the health occupations; 
    2. at least two may have had professional or administrative training in the health occupations, but have not worked as a health professional in the past five years; 
    3. at least one shall have professional experience in mental health; and 
    4. at least one shall have professional experience in substance use disorders.


Held on the fourth Tuesday of the month (with the exception of July, August and December) at 6:00 p.m at the Health Department Administrative Offices 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045

Board of Health Members

Carlessia Hussein, DrPH, RN - Chair

Darryl Burnett, MPH, CHES

Dr. Judith Chernoff

Sheri Lewis, MPH

Ms. Erica Martin

Paul Nagy, PhD

Dr. Jill RachBeisel

Matthew Reber, MHA

Deborah R. Rivkin

Gary A. Stewart


Board of Health

Agendas & Minutes





September 2018 Agenda September Minutes
August 2018 No Meeting No Meeting
July 2018 No Meeting No Meeting
June 2018 Agenda June Minutes
May 2018 Agenda May Minutes
April 2018 Agenda April Minutes
March 2018 Agenda March Minutes
February 2018 Agenda February Minutes
January 2018 Agenda January Minutes
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January 2016

Meeting Cancelled

Meeting Cancelled

February 2016

February 23, 2016

Board of Health Minutes 2-23-2016.pdf

March 2016


Board of Health Minutes 3-22-16.pdf

April 2016


Board of Health Minutes 4-26-16.pdf

May 2016


Board of Health Minutes 5-24-16.pdf

June 2016


Board of Health Minutes 6-20-16.pdf

September 2016


Board of Health Minutes - September

October 2016


To Be Posted

November 2016


November Minutes

December 2016


No Meeting

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 January 2017  Agenda January Minutes
 February 2017  Agenda  February Minutes 
 March 2017    March Minutes
 April 2017  Agenda  April Minutes
 May 2017  Agenda  May Minutes
 June 2017  Agenda  June Minutes
 July 2017  No Mtg  No Meeting
 August 2017  No Mtg  No Meeting
 September 2017  Agenda  September Minutes
 October 2017  Agenda  October Minutes
 November 2017  Agenda  November Minutes
 December 2017  Agenda  December Minutes




ADAAB Board Agenda & Minutes

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Advisory Board 
(Ended June 30, 2018)

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes
June 2018  Agenda Minutes
May 2018   Agenda Minutes
April 2018   Agenda Minutes
March 2018  Agenda Meeting Cancelled - Inclement Weather
February 2018  Agenda ADAAB Minutes February 2018
January 2018  Agenda Meeting Cancelled
January 2015   Agenda ADAAB 2015-1-21 Meeting Minutes (final).pdf
February 2015   Agenda ADAAB 2015-2-18 Meeting Minutes (Final) 2 23 15.pdf
March 2015   Agenda  ADAAB 2015-3-18 ADAAB minutes( final).pdf
April 2015   Agenda  ADDAB 4.15.15 Meeting Minutes (Final).pdf
May 2015   Agenda  ADDAB 5.20.15 Meeting Minutes (final).pdf
June 2015   Agenda  ADAAB 6.17.15 Meeting Minutes (final).pdf
July 2015   No Meeting  No Meeting
August 2015   No Meeting  No Meeting
September 2015   Agenda ADAAB minutes 9-16-15 final.pdf
October 2015   Agenda ADAAB 10-21-15 Minutes (Final).pdf
November 2015   Agenda ADAAB November Minutes (Final).pdf
December 2015 No Meeting  No Meeting
January 2016 Jan 20, 2016 ADAAB Minutes 1-20-16 (Final).pdf
February 2016 Feb 17, 2016 ADAAB Minutes 02-17-16 (Final).pdf
March 2016 Mar 2016 ADAAB Minutes 3.16.16 (Final 3) approved 4.20.16.pdf
April  2016 April 2016 ADAAB Minutes 4.20.16 final(2).pdf
May 2016 May 2016 May 2016 Meeting Minutes
June 2016 June 2016 ADAAB Minutes 6.16.16 final.pdf
July 2016 No Meeting No Meeting
August 2016 No Meeting No Meeting
September 2016 Sept 2016
September Minutes
October 2016 Oct 2016
October Minutes
November 2016 Nov 2016 November Minutes
December 2016 No Meeting
No Meeting
January 2017
 Jan 2017
January Minutes
February 2017
 Feb 2017
February 2017
February Minutes
March 2017
Mar 2017
 March Minutes
April 2017
 April 2017
 April Minutes
May 2017
 May 2017
 May Minutes
June 2017
June 2017
 June Minutes
September 2017  Sept 2017  Sept. Minutes
October 2017  Oct 2017 October Minutes
November 2017  Nov 2017 November Minutes

Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA)

A new behavioral health board named the Howard County Local Behavioral Health Authority (HCLBHA) Board was formed July 1, 2018. 


The HCLBHA Board will include a total of 28 members.   18 will be appointed members: 7 Consumers, 7 Family Members, 2 Professional/Provider/Advocates, and 2 At Large, and 10 will be Ex-Officio members representing DSS, Public Defender’s Office, DCRS, State Attorney’s Office, Detention Center, Police Department, Circuit Court, DJS, Parole and Probation, and HCPSS.  The importance of consumer/family member representation was a key focus in the development of the new board.   Members, Ex-Officio members, and voting rights were approved by a vote.  


Meeting Dates  Agenda Minutes
 June 12, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 May 8, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 April 10, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 March 13, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 February 13, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 January 9, 2019  Agenda  Minutes
 December 12, 2018  Agenda  Minutes
 November 14, 2018  Agenda  Minutes
 October 10, 2018  Agenda  Minutes
 September 13, 2018  Agenda  Minutes