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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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. ..
Beth Hess - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S.2680) will:
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..
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 ..