Who We Are

Effective July 1, 2018, the Howard County Mental Health Authority (HCMHA), which has functioned as the local Core Service Agency for the past twenty years, officially absorbed into the Health Department, Bureau of Behavioral Health, under the newly established Local Behavioral Health Authority. While the structure of the local Core Service Agency (CSA) will change, its functions will remain the same. The CSA will continue to be responsible for planning, developing and managing the state funded public mental health system.

Please contact the Howard County Health Department, Bureau of Behavioral Health on 410-313-6202 or www.howardcountymd.gov/gethelp for more information.



Are You 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.