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Annapolis Legislative Update: Your Voice Made a Difference!

Beth Hess - Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The legislative session in Annapolis ended at midnight on April 9, 2018. There is much good news to report, but a few disappointments as well on bills that MCF supported. SB 185/HB 160 – the FY19 Budget Bill – which included the 3.5% behavioral health provider rate increase that was provided for in last year’s HOPE Act, passed. SB 288/HB 226 – Public Health – Overd ..

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Family Peer Support – One Family’s Story

Beth Hess - Monday, April 09, 2018
Previously we shared the story (/blog/family-peer-support-one-family-s-story) of a twelve-year-old boy with intensive mental health needs and how he and his family were helped through MCF’s Family Peer Support program. This month we are profiling a family that received family peer support assistance from a staff member of MCF’s substance use team. A mother contacted a  ..

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Self-Care: Nurturing Resiliency

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 03, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC Resiliency is the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds – trauma, tragedy, personal crises -- and bounce back. It is not a personality trait, but rather a skill we build over time. It helps us to find joy again even after life’s greatest hardships knock us down. Recent books and publications have brought r ..

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Have the Conversation…Guidelines for Someone You Think May Have a Gambling Problem

Beth Hess - Thursday, March 15, 2018
Problem gambling isn’t always easy to recognize. It may be easier to hide signs of gambling than other addictive behaviors. There are no dilated pupils, slurring of speech, or other physical signs. But you may begin to see some negative indicators: change in personality, increased credit card bills, money or valuables that mysteriously disappear, and lying about the amount  ..

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Action Alert: Help Restore $8 MILLION in Behavioral Health Budget Cuts

Beth Hess - Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Help restore $8 million in behavioral health budget cuts to community mental health and substance use providers! Last year, thanks to an outpouring of support from people around the state, we were successful in securing a multiyear funding increase for community-based behavioral health treatment. The funding provisions were included in the bipartisan HOPE Act of 2017, w ..

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Families Come Together in Annapolis to Advocate for Behavioral Health Services

Beth Hess - Monday, February 26, 2018
On February 22, 200 family members, providers, policy makers and legislators gathered at the Governor Calvert House for MCF's 18th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. Attendees traveled from all 23 of Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City to advocate for young people with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use challenges. During the morning pr ..

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Self-Care for Seasonal Changes

Beth Hess - Friday, February 23, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC Last month, we presented options and opportunities to survive the winter doldrums (/blog/getting-on-the-other-side-of-the-winter-doldrums). This month, we take a look at a more serious and lingering emotional and behavioral response to seasonal changes, Seasonal Affective Disorder. As described on the National Institu ..

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Peer Support Now Available to Loved Ones of Those with Gambling Problems

Beth Hess - Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Peer support and services navigation is now available through MCF to spouses, siblings, parents and other loved ones of those who are experiencing problems related to their gambling activity. Loved ones in every Maryland county and Baltimore City can receive one-to-one support and assistance from an MCF Family Peer Support Specialist who has personal experience as the loved ..

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Eating Disorders: What Families Should Know

Beth Hess - Friday, February 16, 2018
Eating disorders can affect people of every age, gender, race and socioeconomic group, yet the average age of onset is quite young: 12-13 years. For this reason, it is important for families to be knowledgeable about the disorders. Eating disorders are more prevalent among females than males – 3.8 percent of women are affected versus 1.5 percent of men. National surveys e ..

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Making High School Transition Plans for Students with Mental Health Disabilities

Beth Hess - Monday, February 12, 2018
There are a host of things that families of youth with mental health disabilities (those who qualify for special education services or accommodations) need to think about as they prepare for their child’s transition from the world of high school to the world of continuing education and/or employment. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) published a transition guide ..

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