The COVID-19 pandemic has made this an especially stressful time for many, especially those already impacted by mental health concerns. Help is available online, over the phone, and face-to-face if needed. Please note that Medicaid is covering temporary telehealth sessions during the state of emergency.
During this stressful time, and any time throughout the year, HCPSS employees and their family members have access to free, confidential, 24/7 services through our Staff Counseling and Support Services program (login required). Employees can review dedicated coronavirus resources including tips for coping with uncertainty, health and safety resources, and guides for managers and employees to adjust to working remotely.
If you or your family need mental health supports, please contact your current health care provider. If you don’t have or cannot reach your current provider, you can find providers in the directories linked below.
If you have an immediate need for help with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other serious mental health issues, please contact:
- Grassroots Crisis Intervention team at 410-531-6677
- The Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and then choose option 1
- The Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 and a trained counselor will respond
- The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255
- Directory of Behavioral Health Services in Howard County
- Directory of Behavioral Health Services for Youth in Howard County
- Howard County Health Department Network of Care for Behavioral Health
- Howard County Bureau of Behavioral Health
- HCPSS Mental Health & Wellness Resources
- Teen Health Matters
- Centers for Disease Control Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19