Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
On April 2, MCF was pleased to recognize its 12th class of Family Leadership Institute (FLI) graduates. This intensive 60-hour, six-weekend training experience is designed to train caregivers to become advocates in their communities and at the state level. The 2016 class was comprised of 25 caregivers from across the state, including grandmothers, foster parents, moms ..
Beth Hess - Monday, April 11, 2016
The Maryland General Assembly session comes to an end today (Monday, April 11). The outcome of the Keep the Door Open Act is still uncertain. The Keep the Door Open Act (http://keepthedooropenmd.org/wp-content/uploads/KTDO-Act-flyer.pdf) is a vital step to ensure that Marylanders affected by mental health and substance use disorders are able to access effective and timely t ..
Beth Hess - Monday, March 14, 2016
Please join us in celebrating a new milestone in the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health’s 16-year history. Today we are excited to announce our name change to the Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF). This shortened name reflects the evolution and expansion of MCF’s services in recent years, including the development of programming for ..
Beth Hess - Friday, March 04, 2016
On February 25, 200 family members, advocates, legislators and their staff gathered in the Miller Senate Office Building for MCF's 16th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. Attendees traveled from 21 of Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City to be part of the day.
During the morning session, elected officials and representatives from Governor Hogan’s administrati ..
Beth Hess - Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Independence Now is accepting applications for its 2016 Youth Leadership Forum. Open to Maryland residents with ANY type of disability in their last two years of high school or graduating in the spring of 2016, the Youth Leadership Forum is an educational training program for youth that includes the opportunity to meet with Maryland leaders with or without disabilities, par ..
Beth Hess - Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Taking Flight (http://www.taking-flight.org/), the Maryland Coalition of Families' Youth Council, is now accepting entries of all types of written expressions and artwork for an anthology. This book will be available as a resource to youth and young adults, as well as to support service providers in Maryland.
The theme of this compilation is “My Voice,” and ..
Beth Hess - Monday, January 25, 2016
The 2016 Maryland legislative session began on Wednesday, January 13. There will be a number of important bills related to mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs of children, youth and young adults. We need your voice! What you say does matter to your legislators. There are three main ways that you can have an impact on legislation: (https://familyda ..
Beth Hess - Friday, January 22, 2016
In our December Newsletter, we asked you to contact Governor Hogan to request that Family Navigation services be included as an identified priority for Local Management Boards. Since then we have received some additional information. We now ask that you contact the Chair of your Local Management Board (LMB) and ask that they continue to keep Family Navigation as an identified p ..
Beth Hess - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
One-to-one support is now available to Southern Maryland parents and caregivers of children and youth with behavioral health needs. MCF now has Family Navigators serving families in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. A Family Navigator is a parent who has cared for a child with behavioral health challenges and has been trained to help other families. Any parent ..
Beth Hess - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
One in five children experience a diagnosable mental health disorder each year, yet only 20% are identified and receive treatment. We need your help to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and connect parents and caregivers across the state with resources. Join the 2016 Children's Mental Health Matters! (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.or ..