Call Yulanda Blackston, Director of Programs at 410-772-9300 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NAMI Basics Education Course:
A six-week course specifically designed for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents who are
living with mental illness. The course follows a structured format and includes practical insights on issues frequently
faced by families dealing with mental illness. The 2.5 hour class is taught by trained parents who have lived similar
experiences with their own children. It is not necessary that the child has received a specific diagnosis.
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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.
- Intellectual, developmental or degenerative disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Mental health diagnoses
- Other behavior that may affect police response