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MCF Launches Substance Use Program for Families

Beth Hess - Monday, September 26, 2016

Substance Use StatisticsPeer support and services navigation through MCF are now available to parents and caregivers of youth and young adults with substance use issues. Families in every Maryland county and Baltimore City can receive one-to-one support and assistance from a MCF Family Peer Support Specialist who has personal experience caring for a young person with substance use challenges.

MCF staff will work with parents and caregivers to help them:

  • Access evaluation and assessment services
  • Identify recovery services and treatment programs
  • Know their rights as a parent or caregiver
  • Understand insurance coverage

Many of our staff are family leaders who have been working in their communities for years, some through their own nonprofit organizations, in support of youth and families in various ways. They have particular expertise in opioid addiction and its devastating consequences. We welcome them to MCF!

This new Substance Use Family Navigation Program is being overseen by Trish Todd. Trish has many years of experience dealing with her own son’s substance use disorder. In addition, for the past seven years Trish has worked for MCF as both a Family Peer Support Specialist and the Family Lead for nine counties of the Eastern Shore.

To access the services of one of MCF’s Family Peer Support Specialists – Substance Use, visit the website to reach a staff member in your community or call our main office at 410-730-8267. If you are a provider or professional looking to refer a family, please use the referral form.

Background:

Since 1999, MCF has been providing peer support and services navigation to families caring for young people with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use issues.  Recently, MCF was asked by the state's Behavioral Health Administration to develop a program to provide peer support and services navigation to families that are caring for young people with substance use issues. 

Earlier this year, MCF released a report sharing the experiences and recommendations of parents and caregivers from across Maryland who have cared for a child under the age of 26 with a substance use problem. Download the report.

Download an overview of MCF's Substance Use Program.

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