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Seeking Help with Problems at School

Beth Hess - Friday, October 14, 2016
By the time October rolls around, the excitement of the new school year wears off and the honeymoon period that many children have in the beginning of the school year is over. Children and youth with behavioral health needs may be experiencing problems – with academics, social/emotional skills or behaviors. If you have concerns about your child, you should discuss ..

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Seeking Interested Individuals to Serve as MCF Board Members

Beth Hess - Tuesday, September 27, 2016
MCF's Board of Directors is seeking nominations for volunteers to serve on its Board with a term beginning in January 2017. MCF’s board is a mixture of caregivers and professionals who share a passion for MCF’s mission as members of its governing body. The Board is currently seeking nominations for those with any of the following skills, experience or attr ..

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MCF Launches Substance Use Program for Families

Beth Hess - Monday, September 26, 2016
Peer support and services navigation through MCF are now available to parents and caregivers of youth and young adults with substance use issues. Families in every Maryland county and Baltimore City can receive one-to-one support and assistance from a MCF Family Peer Support Specialist who has personal experience caring for a young person with substance use challenges.  ..

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Accepting Applications: Lower Shore Family Leadership Retreat

Beth Hess - Monday, September 19, 2016
Eastern Shore parents and caregivers of children with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs are invited to join other caregivers for a weekend of learning, connecting and relaxing. During the Lower Shore Family Leadership Retreat November 12 and 13 in Ocean City, Md., you will gain information and tips for: Parent Leadership Collaborating  ..

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Download the Suicide Prevention Smart Phone App

Beth Hess - Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Grassroots Crisis Intervention have launched a smart phone app for Maryland residents. The “There is Hope” app provides fast and easy access to crisis intervention and suicide prevention support. The app provides the next steps to someone at risk of taking their life, or for those concerned about fami ..

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A New Service: Targeted Case Management (TCM) Plus

Beth Hess - Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Behavioral Health Administration has initiated a new program designed to support children and youth with intensive mental health and/or substance use issues and their families, called TCM Plus. TCM Plus provides services in addition to those provided by Targeted Case Management (TCM). They include family-to-family peer support and funding for customized goods and servic ..

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Back-to-School Tips

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 16, 2016
As summer quickly draws to a close, it’s time to help your family get ready for the start of a new school year. Here are five suggestions to help with the transition: Begin to shift to a school-day schedule before school starts. Introduce earlier bed times and rising times. Practice the routine of a school day. Take advantage of all opportunities to connect  ..

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International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month Activities

Beth Hess - Monday, August 08, 2016
Communities throughout Maryland will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) and National Recovery Month (September) with local activities including vigils, training and rallies. To follow is information for events happening around the state. If your organization is hosting an event that is not included below, please contact us. Area  ..

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Share Your Experience Seeking Behavioral Health Services in Maryland

Beth Hess - Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Earlier this year, state legislation was enacted to ensure Maryland residents are able to use their health insurance to access care—including behavioral health services. Public hearings are now being held to gather input from consumers and providers as to the standards that should be created to determine whether or not an insurance carrier has an adequate network of p ..

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One-to-One Support Available to Southern Maryland Families of Young People with Behavioral Health Needs

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 14, 2016
One-to-one support to parents and caregivers who have young people with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use challenges, is now available in the tri-county area of St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties through the Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF). Services are provided free to families and no referral is needed. Using personal  ..

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