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Congratulations to 2018 FLI Graduates

Beth Hess - Monday, April 23, 2018
On April 7, MCF celebrated 23 participants for completing our 14th 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. Participants came from across Maryland, including Anne Arundel,  ..

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The Importance of Gun Safety to Reduce Suicide

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The suicide rate among youth has been going up. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among teenagers, surpassing homicides, which dropped to third. There are theories about why there has been such an increase in youth suicides (social media, cyberbullying, increased isolation), but no solid conclusions. Nonetheless, there are a number of steps that caregivers ca ..

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Annapolis Legislative Update: Your Voice Made a Difference!

Beth Hess - Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The legislative session in Annapolis ended at midnight on April 9, 2018. There is much good news to report, but a few disappointments as well on bills that MCF supported. SB 185/HB 160 – the FY19 Budget Bill – which included the 3.5% behavioral health provider rate increase that was provided for in last year’s HOPE Act, passed. SB 288/HB 226 – Public Health – Overd ..

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Family Peer Support – One Family’s Story

Beth Hess - Monday, April 09, 2018
Previously we shared the story (/blog/family-peer-support-one-family-s-story) of a twelve-year-old boy with intensive mental health needs and how he and his family were helped through MCF’s Family Peer Support program. This month we are profiling a family that received family peer support assistance from a staff member of MCF’s substance use team. A mother contacted a  ..

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Self-Care: Nurturing Resiliency

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 03, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC Resiliency is the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds – trauma, tragedy, personal crises -- and bounce back. It is not a personality trait, but rather a skill we build over time. It helps us to find joy again even after life’s greatest hardships knock us down. Recent books and publications have brought r ..

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