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Get Involved in the 2016 Legislative Session

- Monday, January 25, 2016
The 2016 Maryland legislative session began on Wednesday, January 13. There will be a number of important bills related to mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs of children, youth and young adults. We need your voice! What you say does matter to your legislators. There are three main ways that you can have an impact on legislation: (https://familyda ..

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Has your family benefited from Family Navigation services?

- Friday, January 22, 2016
In our December Newsletter, we asked you to contact Governor Hogan to request that Family Navigation services be included as an identified priority for Local Management Boards. Since then we have received some additional information. We now ask that you contact the Chair of your Local Management Board (LMB) and ask that they continue to keep Family Navigation as an identified p ..

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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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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