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One-to-One Support Available to Southern Maryland Families of Young People with Behavioral Health Needs

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 14, 2016

One-to-one support to parents and caregivers who have young people with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use challenges, is now available in the tri-county area of St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties through the Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF). Services are provided free to families and no referral is needed.

Using personal experience as parents, caregivers and young people, MCF connects, supports and empowers Maryland’s families. MCF empowers parents, caregivers and young people to be leaders for themselves and others by:

  • Helping to navigate services and systems
  • Giving tools to advocate
  • Connecting parents, caregivers and young people to each other
  • Ensuring voice and perspective is heard
  • Raising awareness and fighting stigma
Locally, one-to-one support for parents and caregivers is available through an MCF Family Peer Support Specialist. A Family Peer Support Specialist is a parent who has cared for a child with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health challenges and has been trained to help other families. Family Peer Support Specialists know about the services in Maryland and in the community, and how to apply for them. A Family Peer Support Specialist can:
  • Listen to concerns
  • Attend meetings with the family
  • Assist with completing forms
  • Explain rights
  • Make connections to appropriate services
  • Provide learning opportunities
  • Provide opportunities to meet other families
To get help in St. Mary’s or Charles County please contact Family Peer Support Specialist Julie Hendricks at or 240-577-4776. In Calvert County, contact Julie Poe at or 443-545-9335.

Family Peer Support is provided in partnership by the Core Service Agencies of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s.

Learn more about MCF and available services.


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