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January 2019 Education Forum:      


How do you know the difference between a moody teen and a young adult that needs mental health support? Come learn the warning and risk factors for mental health issues in emerging adults and the best ways to support them. We will cover resilience building tips, healthy boundaries and active listening. This workshop is for parents, friends and loved ones who are caring for a young adult with mental health issues.

Come with questions!

Our presenter is Juli Murray. She is an enthusiastic coach and trainer within the mental health field. She worked with teens with severe mental health issues in a residential setting and out in the community.  She is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology and holds a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University and a bachelor’s in Psychology from UMBC.

Tuesday, January 15th begins promptly at 7 pm

Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, Room #10

10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, MD 21044

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 January 28*, 2018. (Date Change)

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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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