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Bingo Fundraiser

“Designer Bag Bingo”

Friday – October 26, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.

(Doors open at 6pm)

*$20.00 in advance, $25.00 at door

*Purchase tickets by October 19th and be entered into a drawing for a $100 Target gift card.


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The Lodge 832 Nine Mile Circle, Catonsville, MD 21228

(off Frederick Road just outside of old Ellicott City)


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Mental Illness Awareness Week 

October 7 – 13, 2018

To commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week NAMI Howard County presents…


In Our Own Voice: Living with a Mental Health Condition


“As for me, you must know I shouldn’t precisely have chosen madness if there had been any choice. 

What consoles me is that I am beginning to consider madness as an illness like any other, and that I

accept it as such.”

                                                                                            – Vincent Van Gogh, 1889, In a letter to his brother Theo


 Thursday, October 11, 2018

7:00­ – 8:30 pm

Owen Brown Interfaith Center, Sanctuary B

7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045


 In Our Own Voice: Living with a Mental Health Condition.. The presentation is given by persons who are role models for hope and resiliency. In Our Own Voice is an interactive program that will enrich your understanding of how people with serious disorders cope with the reality of their illness while recovering and reclaiming productive lives.

The presentation uses a combination of video, personal testimony, and discussion to cover several issues faced by people dealing with a mental health condition.


 Light refreshments will be served!

         This event is free and open to the public!


People have been gathering for our Sunday Suppers program since 1982. Sunday Suppers is a social gathering for adults living with mental illness. The event is monthly on Sundays begins at 3 p.m.  Meals are prepared by local churches and organizations. For transportation concerns please contact the office at (410) 772-9300. Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, 21044

The next Sunday Supper is OCTOBER 21, 2018. 

 Resources from the July Education Forum: Affordable Housing 



HC Housing Resource List


UPCOMING: Mental Health First Aid Classes & Suicide Intervention Programs

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.

2018 MHFA and Suicide Intervention Programs 

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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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