The Howard County Mental Health Authority (HCMHA) is responsible for planning, managing, and monitoring publicly funded mental health services in Howard County.  HCMHA is dedicated to ensuring that Medicaid recipients and other low-income, non-insured county residents who meet certain criteria have access to a wide range of quality mental health services.

Please review our site for information about crisis services, mental health services, new programs in the county, trainings and upcoming events.


Need immediate HELP?  In Crisis?

Grassroots LogoGrassroots operates a 24-hour crisis intervention and supportive counseling hotline. Individuals may call for a variety of reasons including suicide, family and relationship problems, shelter needs, violent or threatening domestic situations, loneliness or depression, and chemical dependency issues, among others. Callers may remain anonymous.  Call (410) 531-6677.

Anyone in need of immediate assistance may walk in to the agency at any time to see a counselor. An appointment is not needed to receive services. There is no fee for the service. Short term follow-up is offered until the client is connected with appropriate ongoing counseling or treatment resources. Walk-in counseling is geared towards the person or family in need of immediate support or crisis intervention services for a mental health, personal, situational or family crisis.  Grassroots is located at 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia, MD 21044.