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Have you ever wondered, “What is family peer support?”

Beth Hess - Monday, May 22, 2017
“Family peer support” is at the heart of much of MCF’s work with families. Did you know it’s a model followed by many organizations across the country? Early research suggests that family peer support offers a host of benefits to parents and caregivers seeking help for a child with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use ch ..

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Talking to Your Child about "13 Reasons Why"

Beth Hess - Friday, May 19, 2017
The Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, is raising concerns among educators, behavioral health providers, parents/caregivers and others. 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix TV series about a fictional 17-year old named Hannah Baker, a troubled and bullied high school student, who takes her own life. Throughout the show, there are a series of audiotapes that describe the 13 reasons why Hann ..

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Self-Care: Minding Your Mental Health

Beth Hess - Monday, May 08, 2017
While we celebrate children’s mental health during the first week of May, the entire month is devoted to mental health awareness — and that includes yours! Mental health disorders are common. National Institute for Mental Health data from 2016 estimates that 26% of American adults over the age of 18 experience some diagnosable mental disorder in any given y ..

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Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week: May 1 - 7

Beth Hess - Monday, May 01, 2017
With the help of more than 400 School Champions and 100 Community Champions registered to take part in the 2017 Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign, May 1-7 is shaping up to be Maryland's biggest celebration of children's mental health awareness to date! Visit the Campaign website (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/) to find local events (https://w ..

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2017 Legislative Wrap-Up

Beth Hess - Thursday, April 20, 2017
Maryland’s 2017 Legislative Session ended with passage of a number of important bills that address mental health and substance use, as well as education. Below are brief summaries of key pieces of legislation. Unless vetoed by the Governor, these bills will become law. For more detailed information about any bill, use the House (HB) and/or Senate (SB) bill numbers inc ..

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Congratulations to 2017 FLI Graduates

Beth Hess - Thursday, April 13, 2017
On April 8, MCF celebrated 22 participants for completing our 13th annual Family Leadership Institute (FLI). This intensive 60-hour, six-weekend experience trains parents and caregivers to become more effective leaders and advocates for children with behavioral health needs locally and at the state level. The 22 members of the class of 2017 included caregiver ..

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Taking Time for a Little Self-Care as You Spring Clean

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Spring is a time of new beginnings. It is also a time that people look to undertake some major housekeeping. There are a few things that you can do to declutter your life and nurture your spirit: Get rid of clothes that no longer fit you. If you have outgrown some of your old clothes, keeping them around only serves to make you feel bad about your body. Donating t ..

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Peer Support for Youth in Prince George’s County

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Young people with behavioral health needs in Prince George’s County are invited to get involved in two local, youth-driven programs. MCF is overseeing the development and implementation of a youth peer support group and youth advisory council for Prince George’s County as part of the Prince George’s County System of Care Expansion Implementation Grant in partn ..

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17th Annual Family Day in Annapolis

Beth Hess - Friday, March 03, 2017
On February 28, 160 family members, advocates, legislators and their staff gathered in the Miller Senate Office Building for MCF’s 17th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. Families traveled from 20 of Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City to be part of the day. During the morning session, Dr. Al Zachik, the Director of the Child and Adolescent Division of  ..

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Advocating for Families during the Maryland Legislative Session

Beth Hess - Monday, January 30, 2017
The 2017 Maryland legislative session convened on January 11. There will be many bills this year related to behavioral health, including mental health and substance use issues. In order to advocate, you need to know what bills have been introduced. Follow proposed legislation that relates to behavioral health on the Maryland Mental Health Association website (https://ww ..

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