Howard County Opioid Crisis Community Council

A group of community stakeholders throughout Howard County gather every month to review and discover new opportunities to address opioid misuse. Responsibilities include identifying gaps and resources, assessing communication efforts, and recommending effective prevention and treatment strategies in a comprehensive manner. Senior Attorney, Cindy Johnson, attends the monthly meeting on behalf of the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office and reports back with new and updated information.

HoCo Opioid Community Crisis Council September 2019
Cindy Johnson, attorney with HoCoSAO and member of the Howard County Opioid Crisis Community Council along with Chair, Barbara Allen

Guiding Good Choices

Guiding Good Choices is an evidence-based, interactive prevention program that provides the families of children ages 9-14 with the skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs.

After completing the program families will be able to:

  • Influence their children to help prevent drug use and other risky behaviors.
  • Develop clear family guidelines and expectations about drug use.
  • Teach children how to stay out of trouble, keep their friends and still have a good time.

There are five sessions to the course:

  • How to Prevent Drug Use in Your Family
  • How to Develop Healthy Beliefs and Clear Standards
  • Avoiding Trouble: How to Say No to Drugs
  • Managing Conflict: How to Control and Express Your Anger Constructively
  • Involving Everyone: How to Strengthen Family Bonds

The program is offered by The Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office and HC DrugFree in partnership with the Howard County Health Department.

Download/view the PDF Guiding Good Choices Flyer.

Guiding Good Choices


Choose Civility

Choose Civility logoThe Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office is an Alliance Partner of Choose Civility, the community-wide initiative led by Howard County Library System, to position Howard County, Maryland as a model of civility. Valuing diversity, we choose respect, compassion, empathy, and inclusiveness as essential to our quality of life.

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Howard County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (HCDVFRT)

Established in 2007, the Howard County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (HCDVFRT) is a multidisciplinary group of professionals whose mission is to reduce domestic violence; specifically, domestic-related fatalities and near fatalities in our county through review of our response to domestic violence in our community. The goal of the team is to use what was learned during review to address and improve training and community-based prevention programs.

The team is made up of Howard County Government Officials from multiple departments, as well as members of the community and community organizations.

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