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Services Available With or Without Insurance Coverage

Baltimore County health officials want to remind residents that services are available to assist uninsured and underinsured residents in need of substance use disorder treatment. Treatment services are provided at low or no cost based on income.

The Baltimore County Department of Health provides treatment for substance abusers and their families, offers programs and services to prevent substance abuse, and develops, coordinates, and monitors a countywide network of substance abuse prevention and treatment services. If you or someone you love is in need of help, the following services are available in various locations throughout the County:

  • Outpatient treatment
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Residential treatment
  • Recovery support services
  • Family support and education
  • Overdose response training

For a directory of services for adolescents and adults, visit the Baltimore County Department of Health website.

County Offers Training on How to Respond to Opioid Overdose with Naxalone

The Baltimore County Department of Health is offering a free, two-hour training on how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose by using intra-nasal naloxone, a prescription medication that is used to reverse an overdose.

Training is scheduled for the following dates: 

Thursday, October 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Towson Library
320 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21204

Tuesday, November 17, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Perry Hall Library
9685 Honeygo Boulevard
Perry Hall, Maryland 21128

Tuesday, December 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Rosedale Library
6105 Kenwood Avenue
Rosedale, Maryland 21237

Thursday, December 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Parkville Recreation and Senior Center
8601 Harford Road
Parkville, Maryland 21234

The training is aimed to reach those who are concerned about loved ones or friends who may be at risk for overdosing on heroin or prescription pain medication. In addition to learning about opioids, participants will be taught how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose.

The session will teach registrants how to administer intra-nasal naloxone to reverse an overdose. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, prescription for naloxone and a kit containing the medication.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register online at or call 410-887-3828.

The Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promotes well-being among individuals and families by providing quality health, housing and social services. Along with an administrative unit, HHS is comprised of the Department of Health and Social Services. The HHS headquarters is in the Drumcastle Government Center, 6401 York Road.

Interactive Sessions on Preventing Illegal Access to Tobacco

The Baltimore County Department of Health is inviting the public to attend one of four interactive sessions on illegal youth access to tobacco. The forums will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., between June 4 and June 18 at four Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) branches.

Discussions are scheduled for:

  • June 4, at the BCPL’s Cockeysville Branch, 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville 21030
  • June 9, at the BCPL’s Rosedale Branch, 6105 Kenwood Avenue, Rosedale 21237
  • June 16, at the BCPL’s Woodlawn Branch, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, Woodlawn 21207
  • June 18, at the BCPL’s Reisterstown Branch, 21 Cockeys Mill Road, Reisterstown 21136

Although it is against the law in Maryland to sell tobacco products to youth under the age of 18, retailers in the state routinely violate the law, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Nearly all smokers in Maryland begin tobacco use when they are under the age of 18. Access to this deadly product often leads to a lifelong addiction to nicotine for youth. Over 50 percent of the retailers that were inspected in the County were in violation of selling tobacco products to minors in fiscal year 2014, according to a DHMH report.

“We welcome the public to join our efforts to help our youth live longer, healthier, tobacco-free lives,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “Come voice concerns, share ideas and learn about applying for a tobacco use prevention grant at one of our informal, interactive sessions.”

For additional information, please email or call the Baltimore County Department of Health’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program at 410-887-3828.

Funding for these sessions is provided through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Tobacco Enforcement Initiative to Support Synar Compliance Grant.

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