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A Disturbing Trend: Cocaine-Related Overdose Deaths

Nicki Gardes - Thursday, February 28, 2019
by MCF Director of Public Policy Ann Geddes The Department of Health recently released preliminary data for unintentional overdose deaths for the period January through September 2018. During this time there were 1,848 unintentional overdose deaths – an eight percent increase over the same period in 2017. While the number of heroin-related deaths and prescriptio ..

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Children's Behavioral Health Advocates Ask for More Funding

Nicki Gardes - Thursday, February 28, 2019
by MCF Director of Public Policy Ann Geddes The Children’s Behavioral Health Coalition, a group of 20 organizations, has established its advocacy platform for 2019, and its first priority is to request more funding from the Kirwan Commission (https://www.acy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ACY-Kirwan-Commission-Info-Sheet-Version-2.pdf) for school-based behavioral healt ..

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Just What Is This Kirwan Commission?

Nicki Gardes - Thursday, February 28, 2019
by MCF Director of Public Policy Ann Geddes You may have seen or read about the Kirwan Commission in the news, but are uncertain about its specifics and how it could impact your family. Here is a brief overview of the origin and focus of this Commission. In 2016 the Maryland Legislature established the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education to make Ma ..

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Helpful Hints to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

- Thursday, December 20, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC For many of us the time before, during, and after the holiday season is focused on family and celebrations. This can also be a time when we find ourselves doing too much of the wrong things and too little of what keeps us well. You can probably remember at least one time you found yourself in bed with the flu or some  ..

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This #GivingTuesday Help Families Make an Impact with State Legislators!

- Monday, November 26, 2018
This February, Maryland families will gather at the state capital in Annapolis to raise their voices in support of critical behavioral health issues. Donate now (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=SDHD9CYY5B8KW) to support MCF's #GivingTuesday initiative – our 19th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. Your donation will:  ..

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Leadership and Advocacy Program for Parents and Caregivers – Apply Now

- Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Parents and caregivers who are ready to be stronger advocates for their child and community are invited to apply for MCF’s 2019 Family Leadership Institute (FLI). This 60-hour, six-weekend intensive training program is available at no cost to participants, thanks to a grant by the Maryland State Department of Education. Applicants must have school-age children with mental h ..

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Self-Care: Taking on the Gratitude Challenge

- Friday, November 16, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC From time to time when I encounter a challenging moment or when someone I hold dear is struggling, I think of a particular song from The Sound of Music, a movie musical I enjoyed as a child. The song is “My Favorite Things” and goes like this: “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and war ..

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Changes to Maryland’s Residential Treatment Centers

- Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) are psychiatric institutions that are designed to care for, treat and educate children whose problems are so severe and chronic that they require an environment that is supervised 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While most youth can be served in their homes and communities, others have more complex issues and at times may pose a danger to ..

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How Family Voices Influence State Policies: Education

- Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Informed by our work with thousands of Maryland families, MCF staff participate on more than 100 committees and boards at the state and local level. We advocate to improve systems that impact individuals with behavioral health challenges, and work to ensure the needs and perspectives of families are heard. Beginning this month, we’ll be sharing profiles on some of the ..

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Self-Care: Why Not Give Poetry a Try?

- Wednesday, October 17, 2018
by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC The vibrant season. Chroma of amber and rust. Nature’s masterpiece. – Robyn Noble When we read this 3-line haiku poem on autumn, images of this season emerge in a different but very vivid way. Perhaps your memories of poetry involve school day English classes with required memorization that ..

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