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Self-Care: Top Five Recommendations to Take Us into the New Year

Beth Hess - Monday, December 18, 2017
Beginning this month, MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC, will be sharing helpful hints for parents and caregivers to help practice self-care and wellness. We’re kicking off this series with Ronnie’s top five self-care practices to help you start off the New Year. Taking care of ourselves through the practice of self-care helps us not only to sur ..

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The New Developmental Disabilities Family Supports Waiver

Beth Hess - Friday, December 15, 2017
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has announced that it will be offering services under the new Family Supports Waiver. The program will provide individual and family supports for children birth to age 21 with developmental disabilities on the DDA Waiting List. DDA expects services under the Waiver to start by February 2018, which will reduce the waitin ..

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Study Seek Participants: Food Additive Effects on Children with ADHD

Beth Hess - Friday, December 15, 2017
The Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at American University is conducting a study to assess the effects of food additive consumption in children ages 8-12 years old with and without ADHD. This study will test the effects of MSG and food coloring, alone and in combination, on behavior, cognitive function, and brain activity. The study consists of a 5-week dietary intervention, w ..

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Be a Hero to Yours

Beth Hess - Monday, December 11, 2017
Your Veteran is a hero. Now it’s your turn. Wives, sisters, uncles, grandparents—anyone can be a hero to their returning Veteran simply by gaining a better understanding of the common challenges they face when adjusting to post-deployment life. Family of Heroes (http://www.familyofheroes.com/maryland), a free, award-winning interactive role-play simulation, shows yo ..

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Help bring a sigh of relief to families this #GivingTuesday

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 28, 2017
A sigh of relief. That is what families all over Maryland experience when they connect with Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF). "Not only did I feel that I finally had the help I needed, but I also felt I was in the company of friends." --Caregiver Families feel relief when met with compassion and respect by some ..

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Self-Care: Practicing Gratitude

Beth Hess - Monday, November 27, 2017
Perhaps you took a few moments to acknowledge what you are thankful for last Thursday or plan to include thankfulness as part of your holiday or year-end reflections. But did you know that when practiced regularly, gratitude is something that can benefit your body and mind? Studies have shown that the practice of gratitude can: Lower blood pressure Boost your imm ..

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Your Voice Matters: The Value of Participation in Research Studies

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Frequently, we share announcements about research studies that are seeking families with particular behavioral health experiences. Past examples include a study for parents of youth aged 18-25 who are using drugs or alcohol, and a study for young people aged 7-17 affected by major depressive episodes. A nominal stipend may be offered for participation in these studies, but the  ..

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Family Voice Needed for an Upcoming Forum

Beth Hess - Friday, November 17, 2017
The Governor’s Office for Children along with other state agencies want to hear from families like yours. Please join a discussion forum on November 27 if you have: Participated in a Local Care Team (LCT) meeting for your child, or Would have participated in an LCT meeting for your child if your local LCT had been functioning, and/or Have done a Voluntary Placeme ..

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Resource: Maryland Certified Substance Use Treatment Locator

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 14, 2017
If you are looking for a provider of substance use treatment, the Maryland Treatment Locator will provide you with listings of certified substance use treatment providers that fit your criteria. Search with as few or as many criteria as you’d like to enter by using the selections in the drop-down menu boxes. For a targeted search, enter the county in which you are se ..

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Non-Suicidal Self-injury in Youth

Beth Hess - Thursday, November 09, 2017
Did you know that approximately 15 percent of middle and high school students have reported engaging in non-suicidal self-injury? Rates among college students are even higher, and have been estimated at 17-35 percent. “Non-suicidal self-injury” is the term used to describe any physical intentional harming of oneself without the goal of suicide. It is also sometimes ..

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