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Opioid Related Deaths Increase in 2020

Howard County saw a 43% increase in opioid related deaths in 2020, compared to 2019, part of a national and statewide trend as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated opioid and substance misuse, according to information provided by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball.  

“Our community, like others, is suffering from the compounding of the coronavirus pandemic and the opioid epidemic, but there is hope,” said Grassroots Executive Director Dr. Mariana Izraelson.  “Howard County agencies are working together to save lives and restore the stability of families. Anyone that is experiencing a substance use disorder crisis is able to call the Grassroots 24-hour hotline, 410-531-6677, or walk in 24/7 and work with a multidisciplinary team.  Grassroots offers screening, assessment, brief intervention, counseling, nursing assessment, medical evaluation, medication assisted therapy with buprenophine and referral to treatment.”


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LGBTQ+ Community Provided Safe Space

More Trainers Needed to Support Program Grassroots is seeking applicants for “Safe Space,” its training and certification program to learn how to provide a supportive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals. The program helps attendees become more culturally competent in providing services and dealing with issues specific to the LGBTQ+ population. Since 2017, over 200 people have… Continue Reading

Grassroots Distributes Rent and Utility Relief Funds

Grassroots is distributing $1 million in Howard County COVID-19 Relief funds to help residents pay past due utility bills and rent payments to prevent eviction. The U.S. Treasury is providing the rent relief and utility assistance funding. In the two weeks since Grassroots partnered with the county to process applications and award the relief funds,… Continue Reading

Howard County Covid-19 Relief – Rental and Utility Assistance

Beginning March 11, 2021, Howard County residents may contact one of the participating providers to complete an application for assistance to pay past due utility bills and rent payments to prevent eviction. Maximum assistance per household is 12 months of rent and utility expenses. Residents that previously received rental assistance are eligible to apply for… Continue Reading

Record Number Served in 2020 by Grassroots

Record Number Served in 2020 by Grassroots

The year 2020 will be remembered for the illnesses and deaths caused by coronavirus, economic hardship, public exposure of systemic racism, and political upheaval.  It will also be remembered at Grassroots because of its record-setting delivery of services. 485 people, 91 of them children, were provided shelter 93 households were given Rental Assistance Funds 1,001… Continue Reading

Howard County Executive Ball Notes Concerning Opioid Trend in 2020

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County saw a 43% increase in opioid related deaths in 2020 compared to 2019, part of national and statewide trend as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated opioid and substance misuse. There was a 2.6% decrease in non-fatal overdoses compared to the previous year. Previously, Howard County noted a continued decrease in… Continue Reading

United Way Gives Family Stability Program Grant to Grassroots

United Way Gives Family Stability Program Grant to Grassroots

Homelessness Prevention Funding Helps Keep Families in Own Home and Children in School The United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) has selected Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center to receive a Family Stability Program grant of $110,000 to operate a Homelessness Prevention Program serving Howard County from Jan. 1, 2021-June 30, 2022, Grassroots Executive Director Dr. Mariana… Continue Reading

Dottie Paxton Elected President of Grassroots Board

Fulton Bank Vice President/ Financial Center Manager Dottie C. Paxton has been elected President of the Board of Directors, succeeding Nicholas J. Langhauser. Paxton has been on the board since 2013 and served as Vice President, Chair of the Resource Development Committee and in other posts. She is a graduate of Leadership Howard County and… Continue Reading

Mariana Izraelson Named New Grassroots Executive Director

Nonprofit Leader has Expertise in Healthcare and Addiction Recovery Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, now celebrating its 50th year of service to Howard County, has selected Dr. Mariana Izraelson, an experienced leader of nonprofit organizations in Maryland, to replace former Executive Director Ayesha Holmes who has accepted a position as State Director for the No Kid… Continue Reading

Donation Drive Changes

Donation Drive Changes

We are extremely grateful for the amazing generosity of Howard County residents, groups, schools, businesses, and faith congregations to help us support community families and individuals in need of personal goods. Due to ongoing safety concerns related to the coronavirus COVID-19 we are changing how we collect and distribute these donations for the foreseeable future.… Continue Reading