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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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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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Share Your Experience Seeking Behavioral Health Services in Maryland

Beth Hess - Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Earlier this year, state legislation was enacted to ensure Maryland residents are able to use their health insurance to access care—including behavioral health services. Public hearings are now being held to gather input from consumers and providers as to the standards that should be created to determine whether or not an insurance carrier has an adequate network of p ..

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Having Difficulty Finding Psychiatric Services?

Beth Hess - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Families often report that they have tried to locate an in-network psychiatrist from directories provided by their insurer, only to find that most of the providers listed are not available for a variety of reasons. This experience is not unusual. In the 2016 Maryland legislative session, bills were passed to help address this problem. Background: In June of 2014 the Men ..

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Call for Artwork

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Taking Flight, MCF’s Youth Council, is seeking submissions for its 4th Annual Anti-Stigma Art Project. This year, youth and young adults are invited to decorate a shoe with art, words, or both, to answer the following question: What would be the most important thing someone could learn if they walked in my shoes for a day? Download the information packet (/Litera ..

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Get Involved in the 2016 Legislative Session

Beth Hess - Monday, January 25, 2016
The 2016 Maryland legislative session began on Wednesday, January 13. There will be a number of important bills related to mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs of children, youth and young adults. We need your voice! What you say does matter to your legislators. There are three main ways that you can have an impact on legislation: (https://familyda ..

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