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State Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals is Seeking Applicants

Beth Hess - Thursday, October 12, 2017
The Maryland Office of Appointments and Executive Nominations is inviting individuals to apply to serve on the State Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals. In particular, they would like caregivers of a child who has received residential treatment through the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland State Department of Education, or the  ..

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Seeking Interested Individuals to Serve as MCF Board Members

Beth Hess - Wednesday, October 11, 2017
MCF's Board of Directors is seeking nominations for volunteers to serve on its Board. MCF’s board is a mixture of caregivers and professionals who share a passion for MCF’s mission as members of its governing body. The Board is currently seeking nominations for those with any of the following skills, experience or attributes: Caregivers with children  ..

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Family Leadership Institute 2018 – Now Accepting Applications

Beth Hess - Friday, September 29, 2017
(http://www.mdcoalition.org/FLI2018)MCF is now accepting applications for our 2018 Family Leadership Institute (FLI) (http://www.mdcoalition.org/FLI2018). This 60-hour, six-weekend intensive training program is for parents and caregivers of school-age children with mental health needs. FLI participants will gain in-depth information on children’s mental health issue ..

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Helping Your Child Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Beth Hess - Wednesday, September 27, 2017
As any parent well knows, sleep-deprived children and adolescents can become moody, irritable and have trouble concentrating in school. Sleep deficits can also cause behavior problems that mimic the symptoms of ADHD (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/09/22/could-adhd-be-a-type-of-sleep-disorder-that-would-fundamentally-change-how-we-treat-it/?utm_term=. ..

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Action Alert: Fight New Health Care Legislation!

Beth Hess - Friday, September 22, 2017
The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Health Care Proposal, introduced in the U.S. Senate last week, is the worst “repeal and replace” effort yet. Governor Hogan has joined a bi-partisan group of other governors in opposing the bill. While both Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen already oppose the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson health care proposal, which ..

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National Recovery Month

Beth Hess - Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Like other chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, substance use disorders can be successfully managed with proper treatment, yet less than 10% of youth needing substance use treatment receive any treatment services. September, recognized as National Recovery Month, is an opportunity for each of us to raise awareness and understanding of substance use disorders. ..

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Self-Care: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Beth Hess - Thursday, September 14, 2017
We know that sleep has a profound impact on our health, including mental health. In addition to helping us tackle a day’s challenges, getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night can help maintain brain health, both cognitive functioning and memory. Lack of adequate sleep can contribute to a number of mental health problems, including depression and anxiet ..

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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Beth Hess - Wednesday, September 06, 2017
(https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)Suicide is the second-leading cause of death between the ages of 10 and 24. The suicide rate among older teenage girls hit a 40-year high in 2015, according to newly released data from the National Center for Health Statistics. As part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we’re sharing information and resourc ..

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International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Communities throughout Maryland will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day (https://www.overdoseday.com/) on August 31 and National Recovery Month (https://www.recoverymonth.gov/) in September. International Overdose Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families  ..

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Non-Public Schools and Special Education

Beth Hess - Friday, August 18, 2017
Have you heard the term “non-public” and wondered how it differed from a private school? In Maryland, schools initially are identified as being either public or non-public. The non-public schools are further distinguished as being either “private pay” (which are commonly referred to as “private”) or “special education,” and are c ..

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