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Community Events IN JUNE:


Date: Wednesday evening, June 12, 2019, 7:00 to 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Place: 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Respite care is a supportive service providing short-term, temporary relief to a caregiver of a child or adult with a disability or chronic health care need.

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 At this workshop, learn about:
• LISS-eligible items and services
• LISS funding caps
• Eligibility criteria
• The application process and deadlines
• The random selection process and what to expect

Participate in a Q & A session – bring your questions!
Attendees have the option to submit their completed LISS
applications* on-site to Penn-Mar, Howard County’s LISS Provider

Presenter: Nadia Leon, LISS Community Coordinator, Penn-Mar Human Services
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 12 noon
Place: George Howard Building** Columbia/Ellicott Meeting Rooms
3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Registration: Attendance is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. To
register, please RSVP by June 14th (include name and contact information) to Erica
Lewis at or at 410-313-6402 (voice/relay). Requests
for accommodations must be received at least seven days prior to the event.
*The LISS random selection application requires basic identifying and contact information, along with the applicant’s


Click here for LISS flyer for June 18th presentation


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:


You can still donate to NAMI Walks Howard County!

Donate at:   NAMIWalks is the nation’s largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event.  Funds raised enable us to provide our education, advocacy and support programs free of charge.

(Don’t forget to choose Howard County when asked to enter an Affiliate!)

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.


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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.



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