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Trauma-Informed Care

Diane Park - Thursday, May 21, 2015
Children with behavioral health needs often have a history of trauma. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) defines trauma in the following way: Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adve ..

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15th Annual Luncheon Celebration

Diane Park - Wednesday, May 06, 2015
On May 1st, 150 partners from across the state joined MCF at the BWI Hilton for its Annual Luncheon Celebration. Now in its 15th year, the Luncheon brought partners together to celebrate children’s mental health and honor our 2015 awardees. Awards were presented to Laci McCusker, who received the Youth Award, Robyn Quinter, who received the Jan Yocum dé Cal ..

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Congratulations 2015 FLI Graduates

Diane Park - Thursday, April 02, 2015
On March 21, MCF was pleased to recognize its 11th 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 2015 class was comprised of 24 caregivers from across the state, including great-grandmothers, grandmothers,  ..

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Children's Mental Health Day in Annapolis

Diane Park - Friday, March 20, 2015
On February 25th about 100 family members, youth, advocates, legislators and their staff gathered at the Maryland Inn for MCF's Mental Health Day in Annapolis. We were fortunate to have Secretary Van Mitchell, recently appointed to lead the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, attend and say a few words. Also two legislators with a long history of supporting mental heal ..

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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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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Diane Park - Thursday, December 18, 2014
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a program designed to help youth by educating those who regularly interact with young people to identify and act on signs that the young person is experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder, or a mental health crisis. The eight-hour course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental hea ..

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The REACH Retreat

Diane Park - Thursday, November 20, 2014
The 6th annual REACH Retreat took place at the Princess Royale Oceanfront hotel on November 14-16. This year's retreat brought 55 adult family members (parents, grandparents, foster parents) and 45 youth from the Eastern Shore together to have fun, network, and gain knowledge and understanding about caring for a child with mental health needs. The youth attended worksho ..

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What the data tell us....

Diane Park - Thursday, November 20, 2014
Prevalence of Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorders in Adolescents Recent research indicates the extent of the problem of substance use disorders in youth. Data gleaned from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication - Adolescent Supplement shows that of the 10,123 adolescents aged 13 to 18 who were interviewed, 11.4% had a substance use disorder (Journal of the Am ..

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7 Myths About Child Mental Health

Diane Park - Monday, October 20, 2014
Adapted from The Huffington Post October 21, 2014 article by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute. MYTH 1: A child with a psychiatric disorder is damaged for life. A psychiatric disorder is by no means an indication of a child's potential for future happiness and fulfillment. The most important thing to remember here is that early intervent ..

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2014 Connections Conference

Diane Park - Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Connections Conference was a huge success! On September 27, more than 130 people came together at Martin's West in Baltimore County to experience hope, understanding and a sense of community. Families made "connections" with information, resources and each other. Michelle Zabel from the Institute for Innovation, University of Maryland School of Social Work, and Debbie P ..

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