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Families Come Together in Annapolis to Advocate for Behavioral Health Services

Beth Hess - Monday, February 26, 2018
On February 22, 200 family members, providers, policy makers and legislators gathered at the Governor Calvert House for MCF's 18th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. Attendees traveled from all 23 of Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City to advocate for young people with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use challenges. During the morning pr ..

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Join us for Family Day in Annapolis

Beth Hess - Monday, January 08, 2018
Bringing together legislators, families, youth, policymakers and providers Join us on Thursday, February 22 to advocate for young people with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use challenges. Don't miss this opportunity to: Learn about relevant legislation and committee work in Maryland's House and Senate Visit legislators and/or their  ..

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Study Seeks Baltimore Area Participants

Beth Hess - Friday, December 08, 2017
Is your child age 8-10 and interested in being part of the largest, long-term study on child development in the U.S.? The University of Maryland School of Medicine is now recruiting in the Baltimore area for the national Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study In the study, your child: Cannot currently have metal braces Will receive a br ..

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Preparing for Family Day in Annapolis: Understanding the Legislative Process

Beth Hess - Tuesday, December 05, 2017
With the Maryland legislative session opening on January 10, 2018, and MCF’s Family Day in Annapolis (/events/18th-annual-family-day-in-annapolis) on February 22, now is the time to start preparing yourself to be a good advocate for young people with behavioral health challenges. During the three-month legislative session (ending on April 9 in 2018), thousands of bills wi ..

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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 children or young  ..

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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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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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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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