Blog

Report Released: Listening and Learning from Caregivers of Youth and Young Adults with Substance Use Problems

Beth Hess - Tuesday, May 03, 2016
MCF has released its latest report based on focus groups held with parents and caregivers: Listening and Learning from Caregivers of Youth and Young Adults with Substance Use Problems. The report is the result of 10 focus groups held across the state with parents and caregivers who have cared for a child under the age of 26 with a substance use problem. One hundred and eigh ..

Read More

Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week: May 1 - 7

Beth Hess - Sunday, May 01, 2016
Join communities across the state in celebrating Children's Mental Health Awareness Week in Maryland. Visit the Children's Mental Health Matters! campaign website (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/) to find local events (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/events) and resources for: parents and families (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/paren ..

Read More

What Helps/What Harms Report Released

Beth Hess - Thursday, April 28, 2016
Taking Flight, MCF’s Youth Council, is excited to announce the release of the What Helps/What Harms report. The report is intended to spark meaningful conversation about changes that can be made to improve services and outcomes for young people in Maryland. What Helps/What Harms was a collaborative effort between Taking Flight and On Our Own of Maryland’s Tran ..

Read More

Call for Artwork

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Taking Flight, MCF’s Youth Council, is seeking submissions for its 4th Annual Anti-Stigma Art Project. This year, youth and young adults are invited to decorate a shoe with art, words, or both, to answer the following question: What would be the most important thing someone could learn if they walked in my shoes for a day? Download the information packet (/Litera ..

Read More

Congratulations to 2016 FLI Graduates

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 ..

Read More

Urge Governor Hogan to Support the Keep the Door Open Act!

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 ..

Read More

MCF Announces Name Change

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 ..

Read More

16th Annual Family Day in Annapolis

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 ..

Read More

Independence Now Accepting Applications for Youth Leadership Forum

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 ..

Read More

Call for Writing & Artwork Entries

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 ..

Read More