8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045
8930 Stanford Blvd
The vision of the Howard County Health Department Bureau of Behavioral Health is to create a model community in which behavioral health equity and optimal wellness are accessible for all who live, work and visit Howard County.
Behavioral Health: “The term “behavioral health” in this context means the promotion of mental health, resilience, and wellbeing; the treatment of mental and substance use disorders; and the support of those who experience and/or are in recovery from these conditions, along with their families and communities.” - SAMHSA
The Howard County Health Department (HCHD) Bureau of Behavioral Health is committed to helping residents make healthy connections. A key component of our vision is ensuring that wellness is accessible for all who live, work, and visit Howard County.
Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey to help us better understand how Behavioral Health Services could be improved in Howard County. The survey will not collect private information.
If you have questions about this survey, please contact Shereen Cabrera Bentley, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Behavioral Health, at [email protected].
Maryland has a new way to connect to local behavioral health crisis services.
Calling 988 will connect callers directly to the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline which encompasses all behavioral crisis services, to include all mental health and substance use (problems with drug and alcohol use).
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline replaces the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline AND expands services to cover all behavioral health crisis services.
Learn more about 988 in Maryland.
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center 410-531-6677 (local) or 9-8-8, 24 hours, 7 days a week
Mental Health Walk-in hours 24 hours, 7 days a week
Substance Use Walk-in hours 24 hours, 7days a week
Location: 6700 Freetown Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
Maryland Mental Health Text Message Support - Text MDMindHealth to 898-211
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Howard County 410-772-9300
Location: 9650 Santiago Rd #1, Columbia, MD 21045
Suicide Hotline: 9-8-8 - Provides counseling for suicide prevention
Maryland Crisis Hotline: 1-800-422-0009 - Provides counseling for victims of domestic or sexual assault, suicide prevention, support groups, emergency shelter, shelter referral, medical care, and assistance with the process of prosecution.
Runaway Hotline: 1-800-621-4000 – Support services for runaways and homeless youth
Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence: 1-800-927-4673 - Provides direct services for victims of family violence including a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, counseling, support group, emergency shelter, client advocacy, children’s program, court accompaniment, information and referral.
Maryland State (HIV/AIDS) Hotline: 1-800-638-6252, 1-800-553-3140 (Hearing Impaired). Information on testing and other referrals.
Network of Care Directory of Services (for Howard County) - A searchable directory for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features.
Directory of Behavioral Health Services: Behavioral Health Services Directory (updated September 2022)
Directory of Behavioral Health Services for Youth: Youth Behavioral Health Services Directory (updated September 2022)
Bilingual Behavioral Health Resources: Click here (Updated August 2021)
*Directories are not intended to be an exhaustive, authoritative guide to services. The guides on this page are updated frequently, however, changes occur regularly in agencies and organizations, thus, information may be outdated when you read these directories.
Behavioral Health Navigation Services: Call 410-313-6240 for resources, information & referrals.
Substance Use Disorder Regional Residential Treatment Guide: SUD Residential Treatment Resource Guide (August 2021)
Referral to Howard County Hub and Spoke Care Coordination
Alcoholics Anonymous (local information)
The Serenity Center (self-help/12 step meeting hall)
On Our Own of Howard County (open door wellness center)
SMART Recovery (resources and meeting information)
Narcotics Anonymous (national meeting locator)
Free State Region NA (Howard County and other local area NA site)
Call or visit to learn about Harm Reduction Services. Tuesday & Thursday, 10 am - 2 pm. Talk to Peer Support Staff with lived experience. Call 667-203-1264 or email [email protected]
Our services include:
The LEAD program is a public health and safety initiative being carried out in partnership with multiple Howard County stakeholders. LEAD offers the police an alternative to arresting and charging for crimes that are committed due to unmet behavioral health needs and poverty. Instead of the usual criminal justice response, police officers can offer the LEAD program for minor eligible offenses. A Case Manager will then meet with the individual to determine their needs and offer support. Services can include: peer support; referrals for MH/SUD services; referrals to workforce development; and referrals for any identified needed services.
The Hub and Spoke program is designed to support buprenorphine-waivered prescribers with serving individuals who have an opioid use disorder. The program facilitates the transfer of patient care between Hubs - substance use disorder treatment programs and Spokes - community-based opioid prescribers. The Hub and Spoke Care Coordinator provides support to physicians and other prescribers of opioid medication providers through the referral process. The care coordinator assists providers with accessing wrap around services that will improve the care provided to their patients.
A directory of Bureau of Behavioral Health staff and services they provide.
Howard County Suicide Prevention Forum
Join the Howard County Health Department's Bureau of Behavioral Health, the Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC) and other partners for a presentation and panel discussion to explore collaborative community-based suicide prevention strategies. Click for the Suicide Prevention Forum.
Mental Health and It's Impact on Everything
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This workshop will largely focus on the mental and emotional impact of living through a pandemic. Participants will have an increased understanding of emotional wellness throughout the lifespan and be better equipped to meet their mental and emotional health needs.
Difficult Conversations About Race series
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This 3-part virtual series is a response to the civil unrest of the past year and beyond. Our presenter will offer guidance and structure around conversations addressing racial injustice and confusion, as well as cultural competency, a critical topic that has emerged as more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Getting Access to Mental Health Care: Howard County.
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Join Leah Bulka, LMSW, Behavioral Health Navigator and Suicide Prevention Coordinator from the Howard County Health Department, Cynthia Schulmeyer, Ph.D., NCSP, Coordinator of Psychological Services from the Howard County Public School System, and MHAMD staff for a presentation on mental health resources in Howard County. Followed by a Q&A where you can get answers to questions about accessing resources and treatment.