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The Marijuana Debate and Teens

Beth Hess - Monday, July 17, 2017
Amid the loosening of laws related to marijuana, including the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes in some states, there has been a lot of conversation about how it will impact youth. One fear is that de-criminalization and legalization will convey to youth the message that marijuana use is acceptable, and cause an increase in its use among adolesc ..

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National Call-in Day on Wednesday, July 12

Beth Hess - Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Senate returned today from recess and is trying to bring the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) (https://medicaid.publicrep.org/feature/the-senate-bill/) to the floor for a vote as early as next week. It is critical that the Senate continue to hear that any bill with cuts and caps to Medicaid is unacceptable. In addition to continuing the great state-based even ..

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Raising Awareness of a Life-Saving Law

Beth Hess - Monday, July 10, 2017
As the number of drug overdoses continues to increase in Maryland (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/new-report-overdose-deaths-increase-66-in-maryland-between-2015-and-2016), MCF’s Family Peer Support staff are in the community raising awareness of a life-saving law—the Good Samaritan—Law which protects people assisting in an emergency overdose situation from a ..

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New Report: Overdose Deaths Increase 66% in Maryland between 2015 and 2016

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 06, 2017
Maryland saw a 66 percent increase in overdose deaths from 2015 to 2016, according to a report issued earlier this month by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Of 2,089 overdose death's last year, 89 percent were opioid-related, a number which increased by 70 percent between 2015 and 2016. Governor Hogan has declared a state of emergency to address the opioid  ..

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Southern Maryland Parents and Caregivers Connect in Their Community

Beth Hess - Monday, June 26, 2017
Congratulations to the 24 parents and caregivers who completed MCF’s Southern Maryland Family Leadership Retreat. During this two-day retreat, participants learned the importance of self-care, strategies to collaborate with schools and how to be a leader in their family and community. This retreat, the fifth of its kind hosted by MCF, also included workshops on bullying a ..

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Action Alert: Contact Your Senators about the Health Care Bill

Beth Hess - Friday, June 23, 2017
The Senate health care bill has been unveiled and it looks to be just as devastating as the House bill. Millions of Americans will lose health care coverage, higher insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs will hit millions more, and protections for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders will be stripped. People with disabilities and senior citizens wi ..

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A Novel Approach to Opioid Prevention in Schools

Beth Hess - Friday, June 16, 2017
Many schools have been reluctant to incorporate a strong opioid prevention education component into their curriculum for fear that they will be perceived as having an opioid problem. Carroll County schools are an exception. In addition to heroin and opioid prevention programming developed by the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office, a number of middle schools re ..

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Youth Build Confidence and Skills at Leadership Retreats

Beth Hess - Monday, June 12, 2017
During two one-day Leadership Retreats in May, 30 young people from nine Maryland counties came together to learn how to strategically share their own experiences to help others. Participants were young adults ages 19 through 29 who have lived experience in the behavioral health system. Each retreat included team-building exercises and skill-building in storytelling. A mor ..

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Minding Your Mental Health: Depression

Beth Hess - Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Last month we talked about anxiety disorders in adults (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/self-care-minding-your-mental-health). This month we address the topic of depression. Like anxiety disorders, depression is common. Nearly one in four women and one in six men experience depression during their lifetime. Caregivers who are caring for a child with special needs may be particu ..

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Communities Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

Beth Hess - Thursday, May 25, 2017
Thanks to the efforts of more than 500 community and school champions, this year's Children's Mental Health Matters! (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/) Campaign raised awareness of the importance of children's mental health in communities across the state in May. Community activities included: “wear green” days; information-sharing at multicultural  ..

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