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If you are having a mental health emergency: 

  •  Call 911
  •  Call the Grassroots Mobile Crisis Team at 410-531-6677
  •  Call 800-950-6264, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Text the Crisis Text Line, a 24/7, confidential   text message service (Text “NAMI” to 741741) 
  •  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Online Support Groups are starting!

 We are excited to announce that we have finalized procedures for being able to offer our regularly scheduled in-person Support Groups online starting next week!

NAMI Howard County free online support groups

Please see the various groups we have available.  You can click “Register here” for the support group of your choice to get taken to Eventbrite to sign up for the group.  Upon registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom link to attend the meeting on the day of the group.  In addition, you will see links at the bottom of the graphic below for: 1) Online Support Group Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about how these support groups will work online; and 2) a link to Zoom Instructions to familiarize yourself with the program being used.  We ask that you join the meeting from a private space for confidentiality purposes.  We also ask that you log in a few minutes before the start time to test your technology.


NAMI Howard County Support Groups are for individuals 18 years or older.  The information and insight provided by group leaders and participants do not represent therapeutic recommendations and are not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by a mental health provider or other qualified healthcare professional.


Due to the Governor’s COVID-19 Emergency declaration and the closing of Howard County Public Schools, NAMI Howard County will suspend our in-person programs beginning March 16th through at least April 24th. 

Please note:

  • In-person Support Groups are cancelled until further notice.  We are working hard to get the Groups online in the coming weeks.  We will update the website and notify the public via our list serve and Facebook when our plans are in place.
  • The Basics Class is that was scheduled to start April 7th is cancelled but we will be contacting the registered participants about next steps.  (If you are interested in receiving Basics information as well, but are not registered, please email:
  • The NAMI Howard County office is closed to the public with staff mostly working remotely.

If you need to reach us, you can call the office at: 410-772-9300 and leave a message or email the general email address at:  info.namihc@gmail.comPlease understand that under the circumstances, we may not be able to address your concerns as timely as we’d like.

Thank you for your patience and please stay safe out there.


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Police expand voluntary “flagging” program for calls to 911

Howard County police are expanding a program in which residents can voluntarily “flag” their address in the 911 system to make police aware of a family member with a disability. The program began through a partnership with autism advocates in 2012, but has expanded to include other information residents believe would be relevant to a police response, if 911 is ever called.

 For example, if someone living with autism has sensory sensitivity, an officer could be mindful of the possible effect of police lights or sirens when approaching that household. If a person with dementia has a history of wandering to a particular place, responding officers would know to quickly check that location. Or if responding officers are aware in advance that a person inside a residence is deaf, they can be prepared if they do not get a response to verbal directions.
“Whenever possible, we want to make accommodations to best-serve the needs of all our residents,” said Police Chief Gary Gardner. “Having this valuable information in advance can reduce confusion in what may already be a stressful or chaotic situation. Our goal is always to create the safest possible environment for everyone.”
The flagging program can be used for various relevant mental or physical health concerns, to include:
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Intellectual, developmental or degenerative disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Mental health diagnoses
  • Other behavior that may affect police response
A request form is available on the Howard County Police Department’s website under “Programs and Services.” Residents with questions about the program should contact the Community Outreach Division at 410-313-2207 or All information submitted as part of the 911 flagging program remains confidential and will only be used by emergency dispatchers and responders.








In The News: NAMI Howard County, MD

March 11, 2015

NAMI Howard County is committed to improving the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness through support, education, and advocacy, and to increasing awareness of mental illness throughout the community. We are the local voice for mental illness!!

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The NAMI organization operates at the national, state and Read More

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