Human Services

The Kittleman Administration

Leads The Way

“We want everyone in Howard County to enjoy the tremendous quality of life we have here. To achieve this, I am committed to creating an effective and coordinated delivery of services for all residents, especially supporting vulnerable individuals, the aging population and people with disabilities.

We also are working hard to increase treatment options for residents with substance use disorder and behavioral health problems.”

--- County Executive Allan H. Kittleman

Allan Kittleman has made County Government more effective, efficient, and accessible to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Since taking office in 2014, the Kittleman Administration:

  • Built the Community Resources Campus
  • Brought Affordable Housing to Downtown Columbia
  • Made measurable progress in the fight against the Opioid Epidemic in Howard County
  • Made more tax relief available to more Howard County seniors than ever before

....and he is only getting started.

Community Resources Campus

Kittleman determined to make a good idea even better when he decided to create the Community Resources Campus (CRC) in the same Columbia location as the NonProfit Collaborative.

Through the CRC – the first of its kind in the state -- the Kittleman Administration is reinventing the way human services are delivered in Howard County.

In July, the county’s Department of Community Resources and Services, Department of Housing and Community Development, Office of Human Rights and the Community Action Council relocated to two buildings on the campus off Patuxent Woods Drive in central Columbia.

The Howard County Department of Social Services – a state agency – will relocate to two buildings on the campus in early 2019.

Making a Difference One Person at a Time

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Real Solutions: Transportation

In addition to moving the offices, Kittleman has added RTA bus stops within the campus and called for a connectivity plan to allow residents to walk easily from one location to another within the campus.

When completed, the campus will be a central location where residents can access county and state agencies, as well as nonprofits offering human services.

Kittleman’s new model will be a one-stop shop, providing services from housing support to energy and food assistance to services for children, the elderly, people with disabilities and veterans.

The campus model also improves coordination and collaboration among human service agencies, allowing them to share conference and training rooms, office equipment and other resources.

Affordable housing in Downtown Columbia

County Executive Allan H. Kittleman made affordable housing a priority for the redevelopment of Downtown Columbia by introducing legislation in 2016 to guarantee the inclusion of at least 900 affordable housing units throughout the downtown area.

Creating the plan required collaboration among county government, non-profit organizations and the private sector, developing a public-private partnership among the Howard County Housing Commission, the Columbia Downtown Housing Corporation (CDHC), The Howard Hughes Corporation and the Howard County Executive’s Office.

The plan incorporates a full spectrum of housing options, with affordable units for low and middle income families. It will make full use of federal, state and local resources – such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC), the largest affordable housing finance program in the country.

Kittleman said providing a full spectrum of housing options is in keeping with Columbia’s goal of diversity and inclusion, will provide housing for a diverse labor force in the immediate vicinity of job opportunities and supports economic development by providing workforce housing.

Fighting the Opioids Crisis

Like other communities across the nation, Howard County has been impacted by the devastating opioids crisis.

The Kittleman Administration has responded by increasing services and diversifying the approach to fighting the crisis, from equipping county buildings with the life-saving drug naloxone, to adding positions in the police and health departments, to launching daily walk-in screening and referral services in the county

Grassroots Partnership

In February, Kittleman announced a new partnership between the Howard County Health Department and the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center to provide substance use screenings and referrals to treatment at the crisis center seven days a week.

Under the new agreement, the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center now provides in-person screenings to adults, youth and families dealing with substance misuse.

Counselors screen clients using “Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment” (SBIRT), an evidence-based method that identifies individuals at risk, links them to treatment services and assists in removing barriers to treatment and recovery.

In addition to walk-in crisis assistance, Kittleman has:

  • Created the Howard County Opioid Crisis Community Council to assist with reviewing current efforts and identifying new opportunities to address opioid misuse;
  • Partnered with the Aetna Foundation in a unique partnership to equip AED boxes in county buildings with life-saving naloxone kits and train county employees in the use of the drug in an overdose situation;
  • Worked with the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) to create a “leave-behind” program to distribute naloxone kits to residents who have experienced an overdose;
  • Directed HCDFRS to erect signs at county fire stations reporting on overdoses in the county to increase awareness of the crisis with the public;
  • Launched a county website, HoCoOpioidHelp.com, with information about services and resources available in the county;
  • Added new positions to focus on battling the crisis, including an Opioids Coordinator at the county’s Police Department and Opioids Manager at the Health Department.
  • Howard County, like other jurisdictions, is pursuing litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors to seek reimbursement for the considerable costs incurred by the county to fight the opioids crisis.

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Kittleman makes more tax relief available to more seniors.

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