Important 60-Second Survey!!! (Yes, We Timed It!)

Important 60-Second Survey!!! (Yes, We Timed It!)

In 2022-2023, HC DrugFree will host a series of FREE town hall events for the Howard County community. Each event will address a behavioral health (substance use and/or mental health) topic and will feature an expert in the field. The events will be free of charge and open to the entire community.To help us plan…

Howard County Local Behavioral Health Advisory Board Chair

Howard County Local Behavioral Health Advisory Board Chair

Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, was recently elected chair of the Howard County Local Behavioral Health Advisory (HCLBHA) Board. HCLBHA was formed in June 2018 to advise the Howard County Executive and County Health Officer with their responsibility to plan, manage, and monitor Behavioral Health programs and services for county residents. “I am pleased…

Summer Life Skills – That’s a Wrap!

Summer Life Skills – That’s a Wrap!

HC DrugFree completed another successful Life Skills program for middle school students last week. Twenty middle school students learned skills that will help them better navigate the social difficulties of adolescence, such as how to be assertive, make good choices, communicate clearly, and how to effectively cope with anxiety and anger. The class was taught…

HC DrugFree Attends Annual Health and Human Services Fair

HC DrugFree Attends Annual Health and Human Services Fair

Once again, HC DrugFree participated in Leadership Howard County’s annual Health and Human Services Fair for their Leadership U students. We were proud to be represented by a former Teen Advisory Council (TAC) member working on our summer 2022 staff. The LU students were informed about our mission and the many opportunities for youth volunteers…

Teens Discuss Marijuana Use

In a collaborative effort with the Kerala Cultural Society, recent HCPSS grad and member of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC), Adhithyaa Nair was interviewed by Sidhaarth Raghunath about issues related marijuana use in teens, including different perceptions about the safety of marijuana use, how it affects the nervous system both in the short and…

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Maryland has a new way to connect to a local behavioral health crisis call specialist. Calling 988 will connect callers directly to the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline which can provide assistance with substance use or mental health crises. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline replaces the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1- 800-273-8255). All contacts…

HC DrugFree Executive Director Meets with SAMHSA

HC DrugFree Executive Director Meets with SAMHSA

Today, Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi was invited to showcase HC DrugFree at SAMHSA’s Region 3 Prevention Stakeholders meeting. Ms. Scornaienchi shared about two events where Howard County residents and guests were asked why they support Substance Use/Misuse Prevention. HC DrugFree’s “My Prevention Story” slideshow was played for the group. 

HC DrugFree Board Member Provides Unique Perspective to Pain Management Publication

HC DrugFree Board Member Provides Unique Perspective to Pain Management Publication

We are pleased to announce that HC DrugFree board member, Brian Morrison, DC, has contributed to a comprehensive medical textbook on pain management. As a chiropractor, he provides a unique perspective on integrative pain management that could provide valuable information to both future and current doctors regarding alternatives to opioids and other potentially habit-forming drugs.…

Senior Week Virtual Program Available

Senior Week Virtual Program Available

Congratulations Class of 2022! Before you head off to Senior Week, check out the “Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City” virtual program on the Senior Week page.

Free Life Skills Classes

Free Life Skills Classes

FREE and back by popular demand!!! Life Skills Training for Grades 6-9 (or slightly younger or older) Check back here or complete this interest survey to see when the next FREE 8 online sessions will be offered. HC DrugFree is providing another series of FUN and interactive skills-based classes designed to promote positive health and…