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Maryland’s New Crisis Hotline Number - 211

Beth Hess - Thursday, September 27, 2018
Maryland recently introduced a new (and easier to remember) crisis hotline number: call 211 press 1. This hotline handles calls related to both mental health and substance use concerns, and provides support, guidance and assistance. Help is available 24/7. This hotline number replaces the previously used 1-800-322-0009. Additional crisis resources: Texting - In ad ..

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Hope – a Pathway to Help

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 07, 2018
“Stay encouraged.” If you talk to MCF Family Peer Support Specialist Sherri Allen by phone or email, you’ll hear these words at the end of the conversation. It’s one way she reminds you that, no matter how hard things feel now, she’s there to support you in staying hopeful. You’ll hear that same message of hope—in their own words—from every member of MCF ..

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New Developmental Disabilities Community Supports Waiver

Beth Hess - Friday, January 05, 2018
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has announced that it will be offering services under the new Community Supports Waiver. The program will provide individual and family supports for people of all ages with developmental disabilities on the DDA Waiting List. The Community Supports Waiver is similar to the Family Supports Waiver (http://www.mdcoalition ..

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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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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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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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Talking to Your Child about "13 Reasons Why"

Beth Hess - Friday, May 19, 2017
The Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, is raising concerns among educators, behavioral health providers, parents/caregivers and others. 13 Reasons Whyis a Netflix TV series about a fictional 17-year old named Hannah Baker, a troubled and bullied high school student, who takes her own life. Throughout the show, there are a series of audiotapes that describe the 13 reasons why Hanna ..

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Role Modeling as You Celebrate

Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The consumption of alcohol is an integral part of the holidays for many – office parties, egg nog and a champagne toast are just a few of the holiday traditions that involve alcohol. An unfortunate consequence is a sharp increase in alcohol-related accidents and deaths during the holiday season. For parents and caregivers, the holiday season offers an excellent  ..

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Back-to-School Tips

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 16, 2016
As summer quickly draws to a close, it’s time to help your family get ready for the start of a new school year. Here are five suggestions to help with the transition: Begin to shift to a school-day schedule before school starts. Introduce earlier bed times and rising times. Practice the routine of a school day. Take advantage of all opportunities to connect  ..

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