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International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month Activities

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Communities throughout Maryland will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day (https://www.overdoseday.com/) (August 31) and National Recovery Month (https://www.recoverymonth.gov/) (September) with local activities including vigils, training and rallies. To follow is information for events happening around the state. If your organization is hosting an event that ..

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Getting Ready for a Successful School Year

Beth Hess - Monday, August 14, 2017
It’s still HOT outside, but summer is fast drawing to a close. As students across Maryland get ready to go back to school, we checked in with MCF Family Peer Support Specialist Sherri Allen who works in Somerset County schools through Project AWARE. The goal of Project AWARE is to help school personnel identify children and youth with mental health needs, and connect them ..

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Respite Services for Families of Children with Mental Health Needs: A Scarce Resource

Beth Hess - Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Respite is a service that is designed so that caregivers can get a break from the stress of providing care for a loved one with significant special needs, thereby promoting the capacity of people with disabilities or disorders to remain in the community. Respite is provided in different ways across age groups (e.g. senior care) and across disabilities. For families of children  ..

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LGBTQ: What do those letters mean?

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 01, 2017
This is the first in a series of articles exploring LGBTQ issues from the youth perspective. This post is contributed by Rowan Powell of Own Our Own of Maryland’s Transitional Age Youth Outreach (TAY) Project. As a young LGBTQ adult I spend a considerable portion of my life explaining to people what it means when I say that I identify as “Pansexual.&rdquo ..

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Family Peer Support – One Family’s Story

Beth Hess - Friday, July 28, 2017
In May we answered the question, “what is family peer support (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/have-you-ever-wondered-what-is-family-peer-support).” This month we are sharing the story of one family who received family peer support from MCF through Targeted Case Management (TCM) Plus (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/a-new-service-targeted-case-management-tcm-plus),  ..

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Action Alert: Call TODAY about the Health Care Bill

Beth Hess - Monday, July 24, 2017
See the below action alert from FREDLA (http://www.fredla.org) and contact your senator today! Capitol Hill Update - Monday, July 24, 2017 While we still do not know which health care bill the Senate will consider on Tuesday, we have gotten confirmation this weekend that a vote will happen tomorrow. There are different versions of various bills under consideration. No ..

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Self-Care: Support Groups

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 20, 2017
Support groups bring together people facing similar issues. A support group can help you cope better and feel less isolated as you make connections with others who are experiencing similar challenges. Usually a support group is led by a person who has received some training, but unlike formal group therapy, support groups are usually not led by a professional therapist.  ..

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The Marijuana Debate and Teens

Beth Hess - Monday, July 17, 2017
Amid the loosening of laws related to marijuana, including the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes in some states, there has been a lot of conversation about how it will impact youth. One fear is that de-criminalization and legalization will convey to youth the message that marijuana use is acceptable, and cause an increase in its use among adolesc ..

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National Call-in Day on Wednesday, July 12

Beth Hess - Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Senate returned today from recess and is trying to bring the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) (https://medicaid.publicrep.org/feature/the-senate-bill/) to the floor for a vote as early as next week. It is critical that the Senate continue to hear that any bill with cuts and caps to Medicaid is unacceptable. In addition to continuing the great state-based even ..

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Raising Awareness of a Life-Saving Law

Beth Hess - Monday, July 10, 2017
As the number of drug overdoses continues to increase in Maryland (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/new-report-overdose-deaths-increase-66-in-maryland-between-2015-and-2016), MCF’s Family Peer Support staff are in the community raising awareness of a life-saving law—the Good Samaritan—Law which protects people assisting in an emergency overdose situation from a ..

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