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Local counseling and support groups abound in Howard County. Please contact them directly to find out more information.

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Columbia (main number, 410-531-6006) operates a hot line (410-531-6677) and drop-in counseling center staffed by trained volunteers. The agency is also part of the statewide youth crisis call-in counseling network and is certified as a suicide prevention service.

The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County (main number, 410-997-0304) operates a hot line (410-997-2272) and free counseling programs.

Family and Children’s Services of Howard County (410-997-3557 or is among organizations that offer counseling services with sliding-scale fees in Columbia and North Laurel.

Gilchrist Hospice Care Bereavement Support Groups (410-730-5072) are available to hospice care familiy members and community following the death of a loved one.

Howard County Department of Citizen Services (410-313-6400) Provides referral services, resource coordination and technical assistance to the elderly, children and those with disabilities. Services for people with physical disabilities, particularly those recovering from brain injury or stroke, are available from private providers.

ARC of Howard County (410-730-0638 or Supports full community life for children and adults with developmental disabilities.


Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter, 410-561-9099

Bereaved Parents, 410-321-7053

Caregiver Educator Coalition of Howard County, 410-313-6060

Caregivers Winter Growth Support Group, 410-964-9616

Christian Services of Howard County, 410-465-1060

Cross-Cultural Communications, 410-750-0369

FIRN (Foreign-born Information & Referral Network), 410-992-1923

Howard County Child Advocacy Center, 410-313-2630

Howard County Special Olympics, 410-740-0500

Jewish Community Services, 410-730-4976, Ext. 120

National Alliance onMental Illness of Howard County, 410-772-9300

Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), 443-280-9047

Pregnancy Center of Howard County, 410-730-3223

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program, 410-313-7392

SPRING (Senior Peer Support Group), 410-313-7213