Blog

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 ..

Read More

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 ..

Read More

Join the 2018 Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign

Beth Hess - Thursday, January 25, 2018
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 2018 Children's Mental Health Matters! (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters ..

Read More

Getting on the Other Side of the Winter Doldrums

Beth Hess - Thursday, January 11, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC Winter has come! Last week brought the full fury of winter down on many parts of the country, particularly the East Coast. You might think the world is coming to an end with dire weather reports announcing the arrival of “bomb cyclones” and another polar vortex. Parents scramble to occupy their children at ho ..

Read More

Join us for Family Day in Annapolis

Beth Hess - Monday, January 08, 2018
Bringing together legislators, families, youth, policymakers and providers Join us on Thursday, February 22 to advocate for young people with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use challenges. Don't miss this opportunity to: Learn about relevant legislation and committee work in Maryland's House and Senate Visit legislators and/or their  ..

Read More

New Developmental Disabilities Community Supports Waiver

Beth Hess - Friday, January 05, 2018
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has announced that it will be offering services under the new Community Supports Waiver. The program will provide individual and family supports for people of all ages with developmental disabilities on the DDA Waiting List. The Community Supports Waiver is similar to the Family Supports Waiver (http://www.mdcoalition ..

Read More

Addressing the Increased Risk of Suicide Amongst LGBT Youth

Beth Hess - Thursday, December 21, 2017
Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24. Youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT), are at significantly greater risk of attempting suicide than non-LGBT youth. Increased bullying by peers, parental rejection and societal stigma all contribute to this greater risk. The results from the 2014-2015 Youth Risk Beha ..

Read More

MCF’s Substance Use Work Receives National Recognition

Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 20, 2017
MCF’s work supporting families of young people with substance use challenges has been recognized with a national award for innovation in programming. Presented by FREDLA (the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association), the award recognized MCF for expanding its work to provide family peer support to parents and caregivers of young people with sub ..

Read More

Self-Care: Top Five Recommendations to Take Us into the New Year

Beth Hess - Monday, December 18, 2017
Beginning this month, MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC, will be sharing helpful hints for parents and caregivers to help practice self-care and wellness. We’re kicking off this series with Ronnie’s top five self-care practices to help you start off the New Year. Taking care of ourselves through the practice of self-care helps us not only to sur ..

Read More

The New Developmental Disabilities Family Supports Waiver

Beth Hess - Friday, December 15, 2017
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has announced that it will be offering services under the new Family Supports Waiver. The program will provide individual and family supports for children birth to age 21 with developmental disabilities on the DDA Waiting List. DDA expects services under the Waiver to start by February 2018, which will reduce the waitin ..

Read More