Find Help, Find Hope!

What’s New

For our Faith Outreach Committee: 

blue_christmas_small.png
Blue Christmas is a special holiday service designed for those for whom the holidays might be difficult. If you have undergone a difficult loss, transition, or life change, our TCACP Family cares about you and invites you to a special time of music and worship. Join us at 7 pm, on December 18 at The Church at Covenant Park in Ellicott City, MD.”

Have you had direct contact with the Police? 

We want to encourage NAMI members who have had direct contact with the mental health team members and/or CIT training to write reviews that emphasize how important the mental health training and staff are to the residents of Howard County. Contact them at the link below: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Police/Citizen-Survey?fbclid=IwAR14NvG2t7-bLJ9V9jn3uoH3ZuaICXBxidsRBC8s5UhAnZPjG6zfkqKDGwU

The Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition (HCLHIC) is working to increase participation in evidence-based mental health and suicide prevention education and stigma reduction programs by 20% in order to reduce emergency department visits related to mental health conditions and decrease suicide rates in Howard County. HCLHIC partner organizations including: Howard County General Hospital, Grassroots Crisis Intervention, Humanim and the Mental Health Association of Maryland are collaborating to make these programs accessible to the community.

 

A NEW WAY to Donate:

Giving Assistant shoppers earn cash back, and donate a percentage of that cash back to organizations like us! Just sign up for free to start earning and giving. You’ll also enjoy huge savings at 3,000+ popular retailers like Hobby Lobby and Joann, as well as limited-time offers including exclusive Office Depot coupons! It’s never been easier to change the world. https://givingassistant.org/np#nami-howard-county-md


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 HCPDoutreach@howardcountymd.gov. All information submitted as part of the 911 flagging program remains confidential and will only be used by emergency dispatchers and responders.
 
 

 


 


Become a Member

JOIN NAMI

Get Involved

DONATE NOW

Get In Touch

CONTACT US