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 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

Kevin Carlson, M.D.

Sheri Lewis, MPH

Paul Nagy, PhD

Matthew Reber, MHA

Deborah R. Rivkin

Robert Sheesley

Gary A. Stewart



Board of Health

Agendas & Minutes




April 2018  To Be Posted April Minutes
March 2018 March Agenda March Minutes
February 2018 February Minutes February Minutes
January 2018  To Be Posted January Minutes
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January 2016

Meeting Cancelled

Meeting Cancelled

February 2016

February 23, 2016

Board of Health Minutes 2-23-2016 CORRECTIONS.pdf

March 2016


Board of Health Minutes 3-22-16.pdf

April 2016


Board of Health Minutes 4-26-16Good.pdf

May 2016


Board of Health Minutes 5-24-16 GOOD COPY.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
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

Alcohol Drug Abuse Advisory Board


An integrated service system that addresses the county’s behavioral health (substance use disorder and mental health) needs on demand.


Foster, promote and facilitate a collaborative effort among entities in behavioral health education/prevention, treatment/rehabilitation and law enforcement/criminal justice to reduce behavioral health issues in Howard County.

Board Workings:

Number of Members: 27
Thirteen Ex-officio members:
1. Health Officer or designee
2. Chief of Police or designee
3. Superintendent of Education or designee
4. Member of the County Council or designee
5. Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court (5th Judicial Circuit) or designee
6. Administrative Judge of the District Court (10th Judicial District) or designee
7. State’s Attorney or designee
8. District Public Defender for the 10th District or designee
9. President of the Howard County Student Government or designee
10. Director of the local Department of Social Services or designee
11. Regional Director of the Department of Juvenile Services or designee
12. Regional Director of the Department of Parole and Probation or designee
13. Director of the Department of Corrections or designee

Appointed by:
County Executive appoints. County Council confirms.
Substance Abuse Impact Services Coordinator, 410-313-DRUG (3784)
Held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:15 pm in Barton Room A/B, 8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia, MD 21045

Board Members

Joan Webb Scornaienchi (Chair)

Chinwe Adetula

Tsega Amhatsion

Richard Bergin

Mark Donovan

Jennifer Facteau

Joseph Gagliardi, M.D.

Mary Hargadon-Zester

Rebecca Roberts

Carol Robinson, R.N.

Dave Willemain

Bruce MacDonald

Jennifer Van Blarcom

Ivan Montoya

ADAAB Board Agenda & Minutes

Meeting Date 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