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  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1
  • If you need crisis assistance call 410-531-6677 or 2-1-1
  • Call us at 410-313-6202 to discuss Behavioral Health resources and referrals.


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Walk-in crisis assistance



The Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center has increased its capacity to provide in-person screening to adults, youth and families dealing with substance misuse issues, aided by the technical assistance, training and community promotion provided by the Health Department. Walk-in crisis assistance is available onsite daily at Grassroots’ facility at 6700 Freetown Road in Columbia from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The location is accessible by public transportation.

A counselor will screen clients using a method called “Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment” (SBIRT), an evidence-based method to identify individuals at risk, link them to treatment services in the community and assist them in removing barriers to getting treatment. 

Individuals and families in Howard County seeking assistance with behavioral health or shelter crises should contact Grassroots at 410-531-6677 or 2-1-1 or visit www.grassrootscrisis.org. For help with substance use disorder treatment resources, contact the Howard County Health Department at 410-313-6202 or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/gethelp