Criminal Justice Behavioral Health Services
Drug/DUI Court Case Management, Assessment & Referrals; Substance Use Disorder Treatment Supervision within the Howard County Detention Center; Behavioral Health Screenings within Howard County District Court; and 8-505 Assessments
Program Coordinator – Chris Collins: [email protected] or 410-313-6280
Program Summary: The Howard County Health Department provides the Treatment Specialist for the Howard County DUI/Drug Court team. The treatment specialist provides case management services, including: contacting treatment providers for client progress reports and coordinating treatment. The treatment specialist also assesses clients and refers them to the appropriate providers for needed services.
Program Summary: Provides substance use disorder treatment services within the Howard County Detention Center. Services include: assessments; group and individual counseling; medication assisted treatment (suboxone; methadone; vivitrol); case management and referral services; support groups (AA/NA; Celebrate Recovery); and peer support services.
Program Summary: Provides substance use disorder and mental health screenings within the Howard County District Court. Clients are court referred or referred from the Office of Parole and Probation. Based on the screenings, individuals can be referred and scheduled evaluations by the Behavioral Health Court Liaison. They also provide follow up to see if the client attended their appointment and will notify the referral source of attendance.
Program Summary: The LEAD program is a partnership with several Howard County agencies to address an individual’s needs using case management services instead of arrest and incarceration. The Howard County Police Department has the option to hold off on charging individuals with certain crimes. Instead of charging individuals, the police can refer the individual to the LEAD Case Manager, who will 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.
Program Summary: 8-505 Assessments are court-ordered assessments to determine an individual’s appropriate level care and an individual’s amenability for long-term substance use disorder residential services (6 month in length). The assessments can only be requested by a District or Circuit Court Judge. After the assessment is completed, the referring Judge with determine if the individual will be referred for treatment. Placements are completed by the Behavioral Health Administration.