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2017 Legislative Wrap-Up

Beth Hess - Thursday, April 20, 2017
Maryland’s 2017 Legislative Session ended with passage of a number of important bills that address mental health and substance use, as well as education. Below are brief summaries of key pieces of legislation. Unless vetoed by the Governor, these bills will become law. For more detailed information about any bill, use the House (HB) and/or Senate (SB) bill numbers inc ..

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Congratulations to 2017 FLI Graduates

Beth Hess - Thursday, April 13, 2017
On April 8, MCF celebrated 22 participants for completing our 13th annual Family Leadership Institute (FLI). This intensive 60-hour, six-weekend experience trains parents and caregivers to become more effective leaders and advocates for children with behavioral health needs locally and at the state level. The 22 members of the class of 2017 included caregiver ..

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Taking Time for a Little Self-Care as You Spring Clean

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Spring is a time of new beginnings. It is also a time that people look to undertake some major housekeeping. There are a few things that you can do to declutter your life and nurture your spirit: Get rid of clothes that no longer fit you. If you have outgrown some of your old clothes, keeping them around only serves to make you feel bad about your body. Donating t ..

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Peer Support for Youth in Prince George’s County

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Young people with behavioral health needs in Prince George’s County are invited to get involved in two local, youth-driven programs. MCF is overseeing the development and implementation of a youth peer support group and youth advisory council for Prince George’s County as part of the Prince George’s County System of Care Expansion Implementation Grant in partn ..

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17th Annual Family Day in Annapolis

Beth Hess - Friday, March 03, 2017
On February 28, 160 family members, advocates, legislators and their staff gathered in the Miller Senate Office Building for MCF’s 17th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. Families traveled from 20 of Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City to be part of the day. During the morning session, Dr. Al Zachik, the Director of the Child and Adolescent Division of  ..

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Advocating for Families during the Maryland Legislative Session

Beth Hess - Monday, January 30, 2017
The 2017 Maryland legislative session convened on January 11. There will be many bills this year related to behavioral health, including mental health and substance use issues. In order to advocate, you need to know what bills have been introduced. Follow proposed legislation that relates to behavioral health on the Maryland Mental Health Association website (https://ww ..

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Self-Care: New Year’s Resolutions

Beth Hess - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
By the end of January, many of us find that the resolutions we had so determinedly vowed to accomplish in the New Year have fallen by the wayside. This can lead to self-recrimination and bad feelings. Here are some tips to help you to get back on track: Make sure your goals are manageable. Re-write them if necessary, and start small. It is better to say “I will limi ..

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Join the 2017 Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign

Beth Hess - Friday, January 13, 2017
One in five children experience a diagnosable mental health disorder each year, yet only 20% are identified and receive treatment. We need your help to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and connect parents and caregivers across the state with resources. Join the 2017 Children's Mental Health Matters! (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.or ..

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Join us for Family Day in Annapolis

Beth Hess - Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Bringing together legislators, families, youth, policymakers and providers Join us for Family Day in Annapolis (http://mdcoalition.org/FamilyDay)! On Tuesday, February 28 families from throughout the state will be gathering to advocate for children and youth with mental health and substance use challenges. Don't miss this opportunity to: Learn about relevant legisla ..

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Is Your Child Experiencing the Winter Blahs?

Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tips on Spotting Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that emerges in the fall and winter months when there are fewer hours of daylight and then lifts in the spring and summer. While it has not been well-researched in children and adolescents, studies estimate that 3% - 5% of youth aged 9-17 experience SAD. SAD is more common ..

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