Behavioral Health

  • Call us at 410-313-6202 to discuss Behavioral Health resources and referrals.
  • If you need crisis assistance 
    call 800-422-0009
  • If you are having a medical emergency,
    call 9-1-1

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045
(Howard Transit Red Bus Route)

Resources & Information:

Services Provided:

    • Referrals to outpatient, detoxification and inpatient substance use disorder treatment
    • Outpatient substance use disorder treatment at the Howard County Detention Center
    • State Care Coordination
    • Maryland Recovery Net Care Coordination
    • Peer Recovery Support Services
    • Alcohol and drug screenings for Temporary Cash Assistance Recipients at the Howard County Department of Social Services
    • Opioid Overdose Response Program training with naloxone distribution
    • Opioid Misuse Prevention Programming

Mind Your Meds 

Many who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting it from friends, family and acquaintances. Make sure the those in your life don’t have access to your medicine. Follow these three steps to find out how to monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter cough medicine in your home


Parents are in an influential position to immediately help reduce access to prescription medicine because medicine is commonly found in the home. But how aware are you of the quantities that are currently in your home? Think about this: Would you know if some of your pills were missing? From this day forward, make sure you can honestly answer yes.


Take prescription medicine out of the medicine cabinet and secure them in a place only you know about. If possible, keep all medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, in a safe place, such as a locked cabinet that cannot be accessed. Spread the word to other households and encourage them to secure their prescriptions as well.


Safely disposing of expired or unused medicine is a critical step in helping to protect your family and home, and decrease the opportunity for anyone to abuse your medicine.

For more information about safe storage and disposal of medicine, click here for an info sheet.

Avoiding Opioid Overdose - What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses an opioid overdose by restoring breathing. Naloxone is safe, even for children and pregnant women, and has minimal side effects (nausea and vomiting). There is no potential for abuse or getting high.  Obtain free naloxone medication when you attend a training at the health department and learn to save a life.

For additional information about Naloxone visit the State of Maryland Overdose Response Program page.

Click above for more information about Maryland's Good Samaritan Law

(Click on the graphic to open the .pdf)

Featured Videos

Heroin Overdose: The Story of Two Sisters

Naloxone Training Howard County Health Department with County Executive Kittleman

For more videos, visit the Behavioral Health Videos page.

Standing Order

On June 1, 2017, Dr. Howard Haft, DHMH Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, issued a  revised statewide standing order  allowing all Maryland-licensed pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription under the Overdose Response Program.  Please visit for more information.

For frequently asked questions, click HERE to see information issued by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)

Changing Maryland For The Better:  Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Residential Treatment is now Covered and Billable to Medicaid
Effective July 1, 2017, Maryland Medicaid (MA) included Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Residential Treatment and Detoxification as billable services.  Up to two nonconsecutive 30-day residential treatment episodes can be reimbursed each Fiscal Year.  Assessments for treatment can be completed through local providers or directly at the residential SUD centers.  The assessment is submitted to MA to review to determine if Medical Necessity Criteria (MNC) has been met.  If MNC has been met MA may authorize payment for treatment.  Referrals to residential treatment can be made through local providers or by directing calling a residential treatment center.   For a list of residential treatment centers see the resource guide on our websites.  For more information call our office at 410-313-6202 or go to Beacon Health Option’s website at:

Don't have insurance? Have high co-pays exhausted your benefits?  Assistance may be available!
Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers (listed in the Resource Directory above) are able to bill Beacon Hill Options for outpatient substance use disorder treatment for those who are uninsured or fit certain criteria.  To qualify, contact one of the Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers (in the Resource Directory).  If you have questions, contact us at 410-313-6202.  Don't wait. Get help today.