First Step

About Us

First Step is certified by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene / Office of Health Care Quality to provide Early Intervention – DWI (Level 0.5), traditional Outpatient Treatment (Level I) and Intensive Outpatient Treatment (Level II.1) programs for substance use disorders.   

First Step is also a certified Youth Service Bureau and works with children, adolescents and families to deal with issues around parenting, truancy and delinquent behavior.  We work to promote positive change at home and in school. 

First Step offers a Youth Employment and Training Program where participants prepare for taking the Maryland GED exam and are taught job search skills and assisted with job placement and follow-up.

For the past 34 years, as a solution-focused treatment agency, our goal has been and is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve current challenges in your life. By applying best practice and evidence based treatment approaches and techniques, we will assist you in coping with long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.


Core Services

  • Formal Counseling
  • Referral and Information Services
  • Informal Counseling
  • Substance Abuse/Mental Health Assessments, Referral and Treatment
  • Crisis Intervention

Additional Services

  • Community Education
  • Youth Employment Program

Contact Us

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Cockeysville: Fabiola Cardenas, Clinical Director
Phone: 410-628-6120

Reisterstown: Kristin Broderick, Clinical Director
Phone: 410-526-7100