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One-to-One Support Now Available for Parents and Caregivers in Southern Maryland

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 ..

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Join the 2016 Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign

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 ..

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MCF Welcomes New Board Members

Beth Hess - Thursday, January 07, 2016
MCF is pleased to welcome six new board members to its Board of Directors. Paul Buckman, Mary Bunch, Susan Cole, Gail Drescher, Kathy Rentfrow and Karen Yudelson Sandler began their service this month. Edward Hiller, who previously served as Board President, continues on the board as a member. We thank retiring board members Ira S. Lourie, who also served as Board Trea ..

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Eastern Shore Families Come Together for REACH

Beth Hess - Tuesday, December 15, 2015
On November 13 and 14, more than 120 participants, including 45 youth, from Maryland’s Eastern Shore came together at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel for the 7th Annual REACH Retreat. Parents and caregivers attended workshops that included “Childhood Trauma,” “Transition Planning: Navigating through the System” and “Specia ..

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Changes to Wraparound in Maryland

Beth Hess - Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Maryland state government recently announced significant changes to the delivery of Wraparound in the state. Funding for the largest program is being terminated, after newer programs with some similar components have been introduced. There is confusion among both families who have been receiving Wraparound and those families who were on the Wraparound waiting list. Provi ..

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Federal Legislation: H.R. 2646 – the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 10, 2015
On November 4, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee passed H.R. 2646, sponsored by Representatives Tim Murphy, a Republican from Pennsylvania, and Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat from Texas. H.R. 2646 seeks to make sweeping reforms to the mental health care system in America, and contains many important provisions, including: integrating physical and mental healt ..

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Family Leadership Institute (FLI) Now Accepting Applications

Beth Hess - Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Class of 2016 Now Accepting Applications The Family Leadership Institute (FLI) is 60-hour, six-weekend intensive training program for parents and caregivers of children or adolescents with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs. FLI prepares you to: be a better advocate for your child join other families in making a difference in your comm ..

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MCF Hosts Connections Conference

Beth Hess - Friday, October 09, 2015
At MCF's 3rd Annual Connections Conference on September 26, more than 170 parents, caregivers, providers and experts in the field came together to “connect” and learn more about children with mental health, substance use and other behavioral health needs and families. Dr. Neal Horen, Director of the Early Childhood Division at Georgetown University's Center  ..

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Beth Hess - Tuesday, October 06, 2015
(http://www.stopbullying.gov/image-gallery/what-you-need-to-know-infographic.pdf)Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. Bullying behavior can be physical or verbal. Boys tend to use physic ..

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Youth Mental Health First Aid: Sponsor a Training

Beth Hess - Thursday, October 01, 2015
MCF has a federal grant to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainings at no cost to participants. We have trainers across Maryland. If your organization would like to sponsor a training, please contact Ann Geddes, ageddes@mdcoalition.org or 410-730-8267 x106. OVERVIEW Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program which int ..

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