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Parents and Caregivers Connect in Their Communities

Beth Hess - Friday, December 09, 2016
In November, 22 parents and caregivers of children with behavioral health needs gathered in Ocean City for MCF’s Eastern Shore Family Leadership Retreat. Over two days, participants learned about systems of care, how to be a leader in their family and community, and the importance of self-care. The Ocean City Retreat was the fourth of its kind over the past two y ..

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This #GivingTuesday Help Give Families a Voice in Annapolis

Beth Hess - Monday, November 28, 2016
MCF’s Family Day in Annapolis brings together legislators, parents, caregivers, youth, policymakers and providers to advocate for children and youth with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use challenges. On this #GivingTuesday, help ensure that the voice of families is heard by policy-makers in Annapolis this year. Donate now (https:// ..

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Parent Toolkit: Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Intervention

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 22, 2016
In response to the national opioid epidemic and the increased use of these highly-addictive and lethal substances among 18-25 year olds, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Discovery Education recently announced a joint nationwide education initiative called Operation Prevention. Operation Prevention (https://www.operationprevention.com/) is designed to ..

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Now Accepting Applications: 2017 Family Leadership Institute

Beth Hess - Wednesday, October 26, 2016
MCF's Family Leadership Institute (FLI) is an intensive training program for parents and caregivers of school-age children with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs. Through this 60-hour, six-weekend (Friday night and Saturday) training, participants: learn more about mental health, substance use and other behavioral health services and ..

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Tools to Help Combat the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

Beth Hess - Friday, October 21, 2016
In Maryland, as elsewhere in the nation, deaths from drug overdoses have been increasing steadily. Recent data released by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that the number of drug and alcohol related deaths in Maryland in the first half of 2016 jumped 50% from the same time period last year. This increase is largely driven by the number of opioid overdoses.  ..

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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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