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Prevention Services

Prevention works with the community to promote public health to prevent alcohol, marijuana and other drug use amongst young children, adolescent and young adults. The program employs evidence-based prevention strategies to reduce behavioral health risk factors, and support policy change and and compliance with local laws and regulations to ensure the safety of young people in Baltimore County.

Active Parenting

Help prevent future problems with alcohol, drugs and sex; encourage success and stimulate independence for your 5 to 12 year old. Build skills for honest communication, respectful discipline and prevention of risky behavior for your tweens and teens.

Our self-paced, online parenting education classes are free for all Baltimore County residents and are low-stress, convenient and perfect for the busy parent.

Once you register, the 60-day enrollment period allows you access to videos, activities and lessons from any web browser, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All participants receive a free parent guide. A gift package and certification will be provided upon course completion.  

Enhance your parenting skills from the comfort of your home. 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.

Watch a brief video to see what other parents have to say about this course.

Complete the appropriate form for the course you are interested in:

All Stars

The Baltimore County Department of Health (BCDH) supports the utilization of the All Stars Character Education program for fourth and fifth graders (ages 9 to 11). The focus of all Stars Character Education is on strengthening student's motivation to avoid risky behaviors by:

  • Establishing positive norms
  • Promoting bonding to positive peers and a positive adult
  • Building six positive character qualities which include being caring, forgiving, helpful, honest, respectful and responsible
  • Promote positive family relationships

There are 15 highly engaging and hands-on activities.

For additional information and to have your child join our program, call 410-887-3828.

For funding to create an All Star Character Education program at your organization, complete an application (PDF). For additional information, call 410-887-3324. Note: The deadline for fiscal year 2022 applications is January 21, 2022.

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. To become involved, email or visit Recognize The Risk.

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

Responsible Retailer's Program

The purpose of this program is to recognize the efforts of responsible alcohol retailers in Baltimore County working to decrease underage and high-risk drinking. Participating alcohol establishments owners sign the Cooperating Taverns and Alcohol Retailers Agreement. Look for the window cling identifying responsible service practices that create an environment where it is difficult for youth to purchase alcohol. 


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.


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 9 to 15. It helps parents and caregivers practice tough conversations about alcohol.

Data, Links and Websites

For Parents

For Youth

Revised December 30, 2021         


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