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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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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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Parent Toolkit: Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Intervention

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 22, 2016
In response to the national opioid epidemic and the increased use of these highly-addictive and lethal substances among 18-25 year olds, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Discovery Education recently announced a joint nationwide education initiative called Operation Prevention. Operation Prevention (https://www.operationprevention.com/) is designed to ..

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Tools to Help Combat the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Beth Hess - Friday, October 21, 2016
In Maryland, as elsewhere in the nation, deaths from drug overdoses have been increasing steadily. Recent data released by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that the number of drug and alcohol related deaths in Maryland in the first half of 2016 jumped 50% from the same time period last year. This increase is largely driven by the number of opioid overdoses.  ..

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International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month Activities

Beth Hess - Monday, August 08, 2016
Communities throughout Maryland will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) and National Recovery Month (September) with local activities including vigils, training and rallies. To follow is information for events happening around the state. If your organization is hosting an event that is not included below, please contact us. Area  ..

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Report Released: Listening and Learning from Caregivers of Youth and Young Adults with Substance Use Problems

Beth Hess - Tuesday, May 03, 2016
MCF has released its latest report based on focus groups held with parents and caregivers: Listening and Learning from Caregivers of Youth and Young Adults with Substance Use Problems. The report is the result of 10 focus groups held across the state with parents and caregivers who have cared for a child under the age of 26 with a substance use problem. One hundred and eigh ..

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Naloxone

Diane Park - Friday, February 20, 2015
Opioid use disorders and opioid overdose are growing problems in the United States and, specifically, Maryland. Some examples of opioids include oxycodone, methadone, fentanyl, codeine, and heroin. The vast majority of these agents are obtained when patients’ prescriptions are shared, sold, or stolen. However, some opioids are produced on the street, such as heroin an ..

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Behavioral Health Integration

Diane Park - Thursday, July 24, 2014
July 1, 2014, was a noteworthy day in the history of Maryland's pubic mental health system. On that day, the oversight and management of the state's public mental health and public substance use systems were brought together in the newly established Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). The BHA is responsible for the delivery of public behavioral health services (mental h ..

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