Emergency Services

In the event of a life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1

Mobile Crisis Team
(410) 531-6677

The Howard County Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) is available free of charge to any Howard County resident or individual present in Howard County at the time of a mental health crisis. MCT is a partnership with the Howard County Police Department and Grassroots. During hours of operation, MCT staff are able to respond to psychiatric crisis identified by the Police. Two mental health professionals go to where the individual is located and explore suitable support to de-escalate the crisis and help the person in trouble. If there is an issue of safety, the team is able to gain police assistance to have the person transported to the emergency room at Howard County General Hospital for a thorough psychiatric evaluation. The Mobile Crisis Team is available by calling (410) 531-6677 or by calling the police at 911 and requesting the Mobile Crisis Team. MCT will refer the individual and family members to available community resources and follow-up to assure linkage.

Hours of Operation: Noon to 11 p.m. 7 days a week

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
24 Hour Hotline: (410) 531-6677

Grassroots, a Crisis Intervention Center, operates a hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff are available to provide telephone counseling and free walk-in counseling 24/7. In addition, Grassroots operates the Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) during its hours of operation.

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
6700 Freetown Road
Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 531-6677 or (410) 531-6006

Provides telephone counseling, free walk-in counseling, emergency shelter for homeless, 24-hour suicide hotline, Mobile Crisis Team 7 days/week, and a Runaway Teen Program that provides crisis intervention for runaway youth and their families. Immediate access is available to Language Line for telephone translation into most languages. Free services.


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