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Download the Suicide Prevention Smart Phone App

Beth Hess - Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Grassroots Crisis Intervention have launched a smartphone app for Maryland residents. The “There is Hope” app provides fast and easy access to crisis intervention and suicide prevention support. The app provides the next steps to someone at risk of taking their life, or for those concerned about family members or ..

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A New Service: Targeted Case Management (TCM) Plus

Beth Hess - Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Behavioral Health Administration has initiated a new program designed to support children and youth with intensive mental health and/or substance use issues and their families, called TCM Plus. TCM Plus provides services in addition to those provided by Targeted Case Management (TCM). They include family-to-family peer support and funding for customized goods and servic ..

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Back-to-School Tips

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 16, 2016
As summer quickly draws to a close, it’s time to help your family get ready for the start of a new school year. Here are five suggestions to help with the transition: Begin to shift to a school-day schedule before school starts. Introduce earlier bed times and rising times. Practice the routine of a school day. Take advantage of all opportunities to connect  ..

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International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month Activities

Beth Hess - Monday, August 08, 2016
Communities throughout Maryland will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) and National Recovery Month (September) with local activities including vigils, training and rallies. To follow is information for events happening around the state. If your organization is hosting an event that is not included below, please contact us. Area  ..

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Share Your Experience Seeking Behavioral Health Services in Maryland

Beth Hess - Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Earlier this year, state legislation was enacted to ensure Maryland residents are able to use their health insurance to access care—including behavioral health services. Public hearings are now being held to gather input from consumers and providers as to the standards that should be created to determine whether or not an insurance carrier has an adequate network of p ..

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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  ..

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MCF to Expand Support for Families of Young People with Substance Use Issues

Beth Hess - Thursday, June 30, 2016
MCF is launching a peer support and family navigation program specifically for families of young people with substance use issues. Since 1999, MCF has been providing peer support and services navigation to families caring for young people with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use issues. Recently, MCF was asked by the state's Behavioral Health ..

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Having Difficulty Finding Psychiatric Services?

Beth Hess - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Families often report that they have tried to locate an in-network psychiatrist from directories provided by their insurer, only to find that most of the providers listed are not available for a variety of reasons. This experience is not unusual. In the 2016 Maryland legislative session, bills were passed to help address this problem. Background: In June of 2014 the Men ..

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Fourth Annual Retreat Builds Youth Leadership

Beth Hess - Friday, June 10, 2016
With 49 young adults in attendance, Taking Flight, in partnership with On Our Own of Maryland, hosted the 4th Annual Young Adult Leadership Retreat May 24-26 at Melwood Recreation in Nanjemoy, Maryland. This largest Retreat to date included participants from every corner of Maryland: from Hagerstown to Hollywood, Federalsburg to Frederick, and many places in between.  ..

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Federal Legislative Action Alert: Urge Passage of Senate Bill 2680

Beth Hess - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S.2680) will: Combat suicide Increase the mental health workforce Strengthen enforcement of the mental health parity law Invest in early intervention Promote integration of health and mental health care Strengthen community crisis response systems S. 2680 has passed out of committee, but still needs to be voted on by the ..

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