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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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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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Family Peer Support – One Family’s Story

Beth Hess - Friday, July 28, 2017
In May we answered the question, “what is family peer support (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/have-you-ever-wondered-what-is-family-peer-support).” This month we are sharing the story of one family who received family peer support from MCF through Targeted Case Management (TCM) Plus (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/a-new-service-targeted-case-management-tcm-plus),  ..

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Communities Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Beth Hess - Thursday, May 25, 2017
Thanks to the efforts of more than 500 community and school champions, this year's Children's Mental Health Matters! (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/) Campaign raised awareness of the importance of children's mental health in communities across the state in May. Community activities included: “wear green” days; information-sharing at multicultural  ..

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Have you ever wondered, “What is family peer support?”

Beth Hess - Monday, May 22, 2017
“Family peer support” is at the heart of much of MCF’s work with families. Did you know it’s a model followed by many organizations across the country? Early research suggests that family peer support offers a host of benefits to parents and caregivers seeking help for a child with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use ch ..

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Is Your Child Experiencing the Winter Blahs?

Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tips on Spotting Seasonal Affective Disorder Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that emerges in the fall and winter months when there are fewer hours of daylight and then lifts in the spring and summer. While it has not been well-researched in children and adolescents, studies estimate that 3% - 5% of youth aged 9-17 experience SAD. SAD is more common ..

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Seeking Help with Problems at School

Beth Hess - Friday, October 14, 2016
By the time October rolls around, the excitement of the new school year wears off and the honeymoon period that many children have in the beginning of the school year is over. Children and youth with behavioral health needs may be experiencing problems – with academics, social/emotional skills or behaviors. If you have concerns about your child, you should discuss ..

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A New Service: Targeted Case Management (TCM) Plus

Beth Hess - Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Behavioral Health Administration has initiated a new program designed to support children and youth with intensive mental health and/or substance use issues and their families, called TCM Plus. TCM Plus provides services in addition to those provided by Targeted Case Management (TCM). They include family-to-family peer support and funding for customized goods and servic ..

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What Helps/What Harms Report Released

Beth Hess - Thursday, April 28, 2016
Taking Flight, MCF’s Youth Council, is excited to announce the release of the What Helps/What Harms report. The report is intended to spark meaningful conversation about changes that can be made to improve services and outcomes for young people in Maryland. What Helps/What Harms was a collaborative effort between Taking Flight and On Our Own of Maryland’s Tran ..

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Beth Hess - Tuesday, October 06, 2015
(http://www.stopbullying.gov/image-gallery/what-you-need-to-know-infographic.pdf)Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. Bullying behavior can be physical or verbal. Boys tend to use physic ..

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