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LGBTQ: What do those letters mean?

Beth Hess - Tuesday, August 01, 2017
This is the first in a series of articles exploring LGBTQ issues from the youth perspective. This post is contributed by Rowan Powell of Own Our Own of Maryland’s Transitional Age Youth Outreach (TAY) Project. As a young LGBTQ adult I spend a considerable portion of my life explaining to people what it means when I say that I identify as “Pansexual.&rdquo ..

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Family Peer Support – One Family’s Story

Beth Hess - Friday, July 28, 2017
In May we answered the question, “what is family peer support (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/have-you-ever-wondered-what-is-family-peer-support).” This month we are sharing the story of one family who received family peer support from MCF through Targeted Case Management (TCM) Plus (http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/a-new-service-targeted-case-management-tcm-plus),  ..

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Action Alert: Call TODAY about the Health Care Bill

Beth Hess - Monday, July 24, 2017
See the below action alert from FREDLA (http://www.fredla.org) and contact your senator today! Capitol Hill Update - Monday, July 24, 2017 While we still do not know which health care bill the Senate will consider on Tuesday, we have gotten confirmation this weekend that a vote will happen tomorrow. There are different versions of various bills under consideration. No ..

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Self-Care: Support Groups

Beth Hess - Thursday, July 20, 2017
Support groups bring together people facing similar issues. A support group can help you cope better and feel less isolated as you make connections with others who are experiencing similar challenges. Usually, a support group is led by a person who has received some training, but unlike formal group therapy, support groups are usually not led by a professional therap ..

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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 arrest, ..

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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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