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MCF’s Substance Use Work Receives National Recognition

Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 20, 2017
MCF’s work supporting families of young people with substance use challenges has been recognized with a national award for innovation in programming.

Presented by FREDLA (the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association), the award recognized MCF for expanding its work to provide family peer support to parents and caregivers of young people with substance use challenges. In its first year, the program served 225 families from 23 of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions.

MCF’s Substance Use program was launched in August of 2016 with support from Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration.  Through the program, families receive help to:
  • Access evaluation, assessment and treatment services
  • Find recovery services and supports
  • Understand insurance coverage
  • Know their rights as a parent or caregiver
  • Connect to other families dealing with similar challenges
  • Access mental health services
  • Learn about the continuum of services and supports available within the judicial system
The Innovation in Programming Award was presented at FREDLA’s Annual Conference in October. FREDLA is a national membership organization that supports family-run organizations and their executive directors. It provides technical assistance to family-run organizations throughout the country that provide peer support to families caring for a child with behavioral health needs. Historically, the focus of the peer support has been on families with children with mental health challenges.

Learn more about MCF’s support to families of young people with substance use challenges and other behavioral health issues

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