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Grassroots 24/7 Crisis Assistance - 410-531-6677 (local) or 2-1-1 (statewide)
Resources and Referrals - 410-313-6202

Bureau of Behavioral Health
  • Call us at 410-313-6202 to discuss Behavioral Health resources and referrals.
  • If you need crisis assistance 24/7, call 410-531-6677 (local) or 2-1-1 (statewide)
    • Substance Use Walk-in hours at Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily 
      (6700 Freetown Rd, Columbia, MD 21044)
    • Mental Health Walk-in hours at Grassroots Intervention Center 24/7
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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

Contact Us
Howard County Health Department
Bureau of Behavioral Health
410-313-6202 Phone
410-313-6212 Fax

Mission, Vision and Core Values of the Bureau of Behavioral Health

Narcan Drop-In Training

Opioid Overdose Prevention
(Narcan) Training
Dates Time Type Place
October 2019 Tuesday, Oct. 1 3pm - 6pm Drop-in HCHD
  Thursday, Oct 31 3pm - 6pm Drop-in HCHD
November 2019 Tuesday, Nov 5 3pm  -6pm Drop-in HCHD
  Thursday, Nov 28 3pm - 6pm Drop-in HCHD


For more information, or to sign up for a Narcan Training Class, call 410-313-6202 or contact  If you have taken an ORP training with the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services and need to redeem your voucher for a Narcan Kit, the drop-in hours are the time to do so. 

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Resources & Information:

Important Links: 

Prevention Services provided by HC DrugFree

Behavioral Health Brochure 

Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC) 

Youth Suicide Prevention

In Howard County, from 2014-2016, suicide was the number one cause of death for teens age 15-19.   The Health Department developed an evidence-based Youth Suicide Prevention Plan to address the many components of the issue.  african American Mother and daughter. It's OK to Ask Youth Sucide Prevention. Go to

If you, or someone you know is in crisis, contact: 
◾Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center 24/7 at 410-531-6677 or
text HOME to 741741 (Crisis Text Line)

For more detailed information and to learn suicide warning signs and get tips about how to start a conversation visit 

*** FOR MEDIA***  Suicide Reporting Recommendations

Prevention Program Information and Materials

Community-based Training, Presentations, Materials and Information:



Howard County infographic
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For questions or more detailed information, contact Kayla Blasher, MA at or at 410-313-6240

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 the following three steps:


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.


Safe Storage and Disposal of Prescription Medicines

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Reversing an 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.

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Responding to an Opioid Overdose                                                                                              Click above for more about Maryland's Good Samaritan Law

Naloxone Standing Order

On June 1, 2017, Dr. Howard Haft, Maryland Department of Health (MDH) 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 MDH.

Don't have insurance?
Have high co-pays exhausted 
your benefits?  

Assistance may be available! 

Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Treatment Providers are able to bill Beacon Health Options for outpatient substance use disorder treatment for those who are uninsured or fit certain criteria.  If you have questions, contact us at 410-313-6202.  Don't wait. Get help today.