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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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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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Preventing Bullying in School

MCF Admin - Wednesday, October 25, 2017
by Ann Geddes Bullying should not be viewed as just typical child’s play. It harms youth physically, emotionally and academically. Kids who are bullied can develop significant mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school. In rare cases, children who are bullied may retaliate through violent acts.  ..

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Self-care: Boost Your Brain Health

Beth Hess - Tuesday, October 17, 2017
It was long thought that brain development occurred only during childhood. Today we know that this is far from true. New neural pathways continue to develop based on our experiences. We can rewire our brains at any age. Moreover, just as you can grow your biceps through exercise and diet, there are a multitude of ways that you can grow your brain. This sharpens thinking and can ..

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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 are seeking 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 childre ..

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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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