Welcome to the Mental Health Matters Coalition!

Howard County students are facing significant mental health challenges – and mental wellness is critical to student success. Often times, school is the best place for kids to receive mental health supports. Nationally, 70% of students who receive mental health services across the country get them in schools. When mental health services are offered in school, parents don’t need to miss work to get their child to treatment, and students don’t have to miss extra classroom time waiting for and traveling to and from appointments.

A program jointly funded by the school system and Horizon Foundation has significantly expanded mental health services in 60% of Howard County schools, which provides personalized access to mental health services, including one-on-one counseling, during the school day. And thanks to your incredible advocacy, this program is expanding to ALL Howard County public schools over the next two years!

The Horizon Foundation and our partners will continue to work to ensure every Howard County resident has access to quality mental health care.


Act Now

Join us: Sign your organization on to the Mental Health Matters Coalition!

Sign the petition: Demand better mental health services for ALL OUR kids’ schools!


Coalition Resources

Fall 2021 Timeline

Coalition FAQ