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Helpful Hints to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

Beth Hess - Thursday, December 20, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC For many of us the time before, during, and after the holiday season is focused on family and celebrations. This can also be a time when we find ourselves doing too much of the wrong things and too little of what keeps us well. You can probably remember at least one time you found yourself in bed with the flu or some  ..

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This #GivingTuesday Help Families Make an Impact with State Legislators!

Beth Hess - Monday, November 26, 2018
This February, Maryland families will gather at the state capital in Annapolis to raise their voices in support of critical behavioral health issues. Donate now (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SDHD9CYY5B8KW) to support MCF's #GivingTuesday initiative – our 19th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. Your donation will:  ..

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Leadership and Advocacy Program for Parents and Caregivers – Apply Now

Beth Hess - Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Parents and caregivers who are ready to be stronger advocates for their child and community are invited to apply for MCF’s 2019 Family Leadership Institute (FLI). This 60-hour, six-weekend intensive training program is available at no cost to participants, thanks to a grant by the Maryland State Department of Education. Applicants must have school-age children with mental h ..

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Self-Care: Taking on the Gratitude Challenge

Beth Hess - Friday, November 16, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC From time to time when I encounter a challenging moment or when someone I hold dear is struggling, I think of a particular song from The Sound of Music, a movie musical I enjoyed as a child. The song is “My Favorite Things” and goes like this: “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and war ..

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Changes to Maryland’s Residential Treatment Centers

Beth Hess - Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) are psychiatric institutions that are designed to care for, treat and educate children whose problems are so severe and chronic that they require an environment that is supervised 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While most youth can be served in their homes and communities, others have more complex issues and at times may pose a danger to ..

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How Family Voices Influence State Policies: Education

Beth Hess - Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Informed by our work with thousands of Maryland families, MCF staff participate on more than 100 committees and boards at the state and local level. We advocate to improve systems that impact individuals with behavioral health challenges, and work to ensure the needs and perspectives of families are heard. Beginning this month, we’ll be sharing profiles on some of the ..

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Self-Care: Why Not Give Poetry a Try?

Beth Hess - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC The vibrant season. Chroma of amber and rust. Nature’s masterpiece. – Robyn Noble When we read this 3-line haiku poem on autumn, images of this season emerge in a different but very vivid way. Perhaps your memories of poetry involve school day English classes with required memorization that ..

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Beth Hess - Monday, October 08, 2018
Bullying can have both short- and long-term effects on everyone involved. While most research on bullying has been about children and adolescents who have been bullied, those who bully others are also negatively impacted. There is even research that shows witnessing bullying can impact us. This National Bullying Prevention Month learn more about the consequences of ..

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Accepting Applications: Baltimore City Family Leadership Retreat

Beth Hess - Monday, October 01, 2018
Baltimore City and Baltimore County parents and caregivers of school-age children with mental health challenges are invited to join other caregivers in a free, two-day retreat to empower you to be a stronger advocate for your child The retreat, held November 2 and 3 at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, provides a welcoming space for you to learn how to help your child by: c ..

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Passionate About MCF’s Work? Serve on Our Board!

Beth Hess - Friday, September 28, 2018
MCF's Board of Directors is seeking nominations for volunteers to serve on its Board. Our Board consists of both caregivers and professionals who share a passion for MCF’s mission. We are currently seeking nominations for individuals with any of the following skills, experiences or attributes: Parents or caregivers who care for children or young adults with substan ..

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