Behavioral Health
  • Please call us at 410-313-6202 to discuss Behavioral Health service options.
  • If you need help with a substance abuse issue after hours, 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

Location
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
    • NO LONGER PROVIDING OUTPATIENT SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TREATMENT   

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.  See training dates below

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

Naloxona en español - Una sobredosis por opioides es demasiado.

Upcoming Opioid Overdose Response Program Training

OOPR Training Class
To RSVP, contact Seanté Hunt at 410-313-6274 or
shunt@howardcountymd.gov

Dates
Times Location
TBA
TBA Howard County Health Dept.
8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD.



Carfentanil Information
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Online Training for Naloxone is Available for the Maryland Overdose Response Program (ORP)
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Behavioral Health Administration partnered with the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. to modify an existing online training and certification module for Maryland’s Overdose Response Program (ORP). Individuals using a Maryland zip code to register at getnaloxonenow.org will receive an ORP certificate upon completion of the training. ORP certification allows individuals to obtain naloxone from any provider and at a participating pharmacy without a prescription through the statewide standing order. Online training will greatly expand access to the life-saving drug and critical overdose prevention education.
To access the training, visit: http://www.getnaloxonenow.org/signup.aspx



Article: New Fentanyl Strains Resistant To Opioid Overdose Antidote Narcan

Take a look at this article appearing in Tech Times in June of 2017.  

Videos of Interest

Heroin Overdose: The Story of Two Sisters

Naloxone Training Howard County Health Department with County Executive Kittleman



Governor Larry Hogan and Actor Michael Kelly on the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

 Chasing the Dragon

Not My Child

 Former Secretary of Maryland Department Of Health and Mental Hygiene Talks About the Dangers of Fentanyl

Losing a Son
Beth Schmidt lost her son Sean to a fentanyl overdose in 2013. Now, she helps families to recognize the signs of opioid addiction and to know that they are not alone. (Published on Sep 27, 2016)

Good Samaritan


Naloxone

Sick Girl

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 www.naloxnemd.org for more information.

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

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

The Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was created to support providers and their patients with the safe and effective use of prescription drugs. The PDMP is part of Maryland's response to the epidemic opioid addiction and overdose deaths.

Beginning October 1, 2016, practitioners authorized to prescribe Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) in Maryland must be registered with the PDMP prior to obtaining a new or renewal State CDS Registration by July 1, 2017, whichever occurs sooner. This applies to physicians, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, dentists, podiatrists and veterinarians. This  mandate does not apply to nurses.

For more information, visit the Maryland Prescription Drug Monitoring page.


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: maryland.beaconhealthoptions.com


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.