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Prevention Services

Baltimore County Department of Health
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130

Phone: 410-887-3828
TTY users call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1

Prevention activities focus on both environmental strategies and direct service programs. Environmental strategies are designed to impact the conditions and environment in which substance use occurs. Examples include policy change, enforcement and compliance with existing regulations and media campaigns. Primary prevention programs are designed to prevent or delay the onset of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Prevention also encompasses wellness and relapse prevention. Prevention efforts may target individuals, groups or the community as a whole.

Prevention Activities and Resources

Interactive Role-playing Application

Talking to children about alcohol can be intimidating, but it can have a huge impact on their future. Parents are the number one influence on whether or not their kids drink. The Talk. They Hear You app is designed for parents of children ages nine to 15. It helps parents and caregivers practice tough conversations about alcohol.

Active Parenting Online Video Library

Enhance your parenting skills from the comfort of your home. This means you can view an award-winning video series that covers the parenting of children five to 12 and parenting of tweens and teens for free. All videos are available in English and Spanish.

Video Access Instructions

  1. Go to

  2. Enter the password BBH100116 (password is case sensitive.)

  3. Choose the specific video you would like to watch by selecting on it. There are four pages of videos available, use the circles to select the pages.

Additionally, there are a limited number of parent guides available to supplement the videos. To request a guide, contact the Bureau of Behavioral Health at 410-887-3828.

Too Smart To Start

Too Smart to Start is an interactive website that educates youth and teens about the risks of alcohol use. It features brain games, video games, tools and resources focused on taking action to prevent underage alcohol use. 

All Stars

The Baltimore County Department of Health (BCDH) supports the utilization of the All Stars program during after school programs for middle school aged youth. All Stars encourages youth to resist peer pressure, make healthy decisions and make a commitment not to use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.

Combating Underage Drinking Coalition (CUD)

The BCDH partners with many organizations as members of the CUD coalition. This effort focuses on affecting policies and practices associated with underage and high-risk drinking and related consequences. Members of the CUD coalition represent various sectors of the community. To become involved, please contact

Baltimore County Partners in Preventing Underage Drinking

  • Businesses
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Courts
  • Government Agencies
  • Law Enforcement
  • Licensed Beverage Associations
  • Liquor Board
  • Media
  • Parents
  • Schools
  • Youth
  • You

Keeping Teens Safe During Prom and Graduation Season

Proms and graduations are exciting events for teens that are often accompanied by "high-risk" behavior. It's during these times that teens are more susceptible to drinking alcohol, using drugs and driving while under these influences. The Safe and Sober Prom Season Parent Guide and Pledge Book (PDF) offers the following information to help parents keep their teens safe during prom and graduation season:

  • Facts about underage drinking and drug use

  • What parents can do to encourage driver safety in their teen

  • Consequences of providing alcohol to minors

  • Supporting after-prom events

  • Transportation companies that have made a commitment to not allow any minor to use or possess alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs in their vehicles. Download a copy of the prom guide (PDF) for details.

After-Prom Grants

The Department of Health provides after-prom grants to County public high schools in a broad effort to keep youth safe and sober. After-prom events are safe, supervised, alcohol and drug free activities that offer a fun, exciting alternative to high risk activities following Senior Proms. Baltimore County High schools may apply for grants from the Department of Health’s Bureau of Behavioral Health to help fund after-prom programs. Additional funding for the After Prom program is provided by donations from Baltimore County and Maryland’s Licensed Beverage Associations and a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office.


To request staff attendance or materials to provide at outreach events, complete the Community Event Requests Form. The Bureau of Behavioral Health may provide information about substance use prevention, treatment, recovery support services, tobacco and mental health.

Responsible Retailers' Program

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In an effort to decrease underage and high-risk drinking, the BCDH developed the Cooperating Taverns and Responsible Retailers' Program. The purpose of this program is to recognize the efforts of responsible alcohol retailers in Baltimore County. Alcohol establishment owners who sign the Cooperating Taverns and Alcohol Retailers' Agreement. These retailers receive a window cling to inform the community of their commitment to implementing responsible service practices. Creating an environment where it is difficult for youth to purchase alcohol is possible when communities work together. Be a part of the solution by refusing to purchase or provide alcohol for youth. Look for the window cling identifying responsible retailers in your neighborhood.


Revised September 15, 2020         


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