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If you are in a crisis, call the Howard County Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) at 410-531-6677. MCT is a two-member team of mental health professionals whose primary objective is to assist people in handling and managing emotional, traumatic or psychiatric crises. MCT is available 9:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

MCT responds to:

Sucide threats or attempts, intense family or parent/child conflict, psychiatric or behavioral emergencies, crisis situations and traumatic events, child/adolescents with serious emotional difficulties.

410-531-6677 also connects you to the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Hotline.  The Hotline  is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Crisis Hotline: Text to 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will text you back. The crisis counselor assesses the situations and will initiate an active rescue by calling 911 in a case where someone is in danger. This includes suicides.

You can find more information about this at


NAMI Howard County welcomes your call to help you find resources and access services. Please  call 410-772-9300.  If there is no one at the office, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Or click here to see local resources in our community – PRINTABLE Brochure Howard County Mental Health Resources Brochure 08/2018

For general information about NAMI and mental illnesses, call the NAMI National Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).




Chase Brexton’s behavioral health services and programs will help you manage your behavioral well-being, so you can thrive. For anyone struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other behavioral health issues, it’s important to recognize that you are not alone – there is always help and hopeCall 410-837-2050 for your appointment or visit


Beacon Health Options serves 50 Million people across the US and UK. Beacon Health Options manages publicly funded and commercial contracts.  We offer a wide range of managed behavioral health care services. Beacon Health Options is devoted to making sure that those put in our care receive the best services possible. Call 1-800-888-1965 or visit


The Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) is the state’s only volunteer, nonprofit citizen’s organization that brings together consumers, families, professionals, advocates and concerned citizens for unified action in all aspects of mental health and mental illness. For more information visit:


The Network of Care for Behavioral Health is a resource 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. Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with behavioral health issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need – it helps ensure that there is “No Wrong Door” for those who need services.


Visit a web-based screening and application tool that helps you to apply, renew, or learn about various social services offered by the State of Maryland such as: food stamps, temporary cash assistance, the Maryland Energy Assistance Program, medical assistance and more.


American Psychiatric Care located at 8895 Centre Park Drive, Suite E, Columbia, MD 21045. Our therapist provide therapy for a Post Traumatic stress disorder , depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder, grief, eating disorder and substance abuse counselling. Call 410-670-3076, or visit our website at


Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health        410 – 730 – 8267

Families helping other families obtain services and support for children with mental health needs

The CARE Center of Howard County      410-313 – CARE (2273)

CARE (Child and Adolescent Resources and Education) for Howard County Families is a free service provided by the Howard County Office of Children and Families, with the support of Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, the Howard County Local Children’s Board, Maryland State Department of Education, Howard County Mental Health Authority and the Governor’s Office for Children. The CARE Line is a resource and referral service.

Maryland Early Intervention Program  Early identification and treatment of mental illness with psychosis

EIP Presentation and EIP Info for Families

Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger

Howard County Office:   9730 Patuxent Woods Drive  Columbia, MD 21046

Intake:  (443) 923-5980  Fax:  (443) 923-5905


Description of Services:  Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute provides evidenced-based mental health treatment to children, adolescents and families who have experienced trauma such as physical or sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence and community violence. The education and training and we offer to parents, professionals and community organizations promote greater understanding of the developmental, emotional and behavioral consequences of trauma and communicates the most effective ways to provide care. The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress is an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, which is a national resource focused on childhood trauma.

A Parents’ Guide to Suicide Prevention How to Support Your High School or College Student:

Each day in America, nearly 3,500 high school students attempt suicide. Among college students, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the country. Supporting a student who struggles with mental health can be difficult for parents and they may not know where to start. This guide provides resources and expert advice to help parents compassionately care for high school and college students and make sure they get the professional services they need.

RESOURSES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS partners with to provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals. Our college planning resources have been featured by New York State, UCLA, and others with a vested interest in quality higher education.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reported the following about college students:

  • 30% struggle with school work due to mental illness
  • 25% experience suicidal thoughts
  • 14% engage in reckless behavior

These shocking numbers moved the team at to do more research about mental illness among students. We realized those struggling with mental illness contend with a true disability that requires the full support of their learning community. We published our College Guide for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities as a way to start a conversation about this issue. Our goal is to share this with as many students, families, and educators as possible.

Mental Health Guide for College Students.


Maryland Access Point (MAP) is the aging and disability resource center portion of the Howard County Office on Aging.  Specialists provide information, assistance, referrals, and long term supports counseling to persons 18 years and older with a disability, persons 50 years and older, caregivers, health and business professionals. MAP works in partnership with most other county agencies to connect people with the appropriate and available and resources whether they are in crisis or planning for the long term.

To contact MAP call 410-313-5980, 1-800-506-5806, MD Relay 711 or e-mail MAP:  Additionally, the Maryland Department of Aging (MDOA) sponsors a Maryland Access Point statewide searchable database, available to anyone who is searching for services. The web address is


Howard County Police Department      

Emergency: 911      Non-emergency Response: 410-313-2200

General Information: 410-313-2266

Child Protective Services  (after hours call 911/page CPS)   410-872-4203

Department of Social Services     410-872-8700

Health Department     410-313-6300


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HopeWorks   410-997-2272

Family Tree 24-hour Stressline    1-800-243-7337

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline      1-800-422-0009

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

National Toll Free Hotline    1-800-273-8255


800-442-HOPE (4673)

877-SUICIDA (784-2432)


PFLAG   410-290-8292


Day: 410-837-5445

7-10 PM: 410-837-8888

National: 1-888-843-4564


Domestic Violence Center     410-997-0304

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Inc.    410-531-6677

Howard County DSS    410-872-8700  (After hours call 410- 313-2200)

Congregations Concerned for the Homeless 410-884-5408

Community Action Council 410-313-6440


MD Volunteer Lawyers      410-547-6537

Legal Aid      410-539-5340, 800-999-8904

MD Disability Law Center      410-234-2794

Family Law Hotline (Tues only)      800-845-8550

Howard County Lawyer Referral Service      410-313-2035

Legal Aid Bureau      410-539-5340


Grassroots (Runaway shelter)      410-531-6677

National Runaway Switchboard      1-800-621-4000

Child Find – National Runaway Hotline      1-800-292-9688


Cocaine Anon      800-347-8998

Alcoholics Anonymous      410-442-5853

Alanon/Alateen     410-832-7094

Health Department Substance Abuse Service    410-313-6202

Narcotics Anonymous      410-566-4022/800-317-3222

Naranon     888-765-4885/301-547-5800

Serenity Center (offers a variety of 12-step recovery groups)      410-884-6088 is groundbreaking website developed by bringing together experts in substance use treatment from leading nonprofit, academic, and government institutions.


Young Adults: NAMI StrengthofUs (

An online community designed to empower young adults through resource sharing and peer support.

NAMI Teen Discussion Group: visit NAMI Teen Discussion

For youth who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and want to discuss their experiences with their peers.

Kids Health: visit Kids Health

This website contains many in-depth features, articles, animations, games and resources with separate pages for teens, parents, and children, developed by experts in the field.

Mindzone – Cope. Care. Deal.: visit Mindzone

Mindzone is a mental health website for teens that includes helpful information such as how to cope with everyday stress to information about more severe mental health problems.


Personal stories and testimonials from Veterans of all service eras, genders, and backgrounds are available at this free confidential website with a resource locator for services available in your community.

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