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MCF to Expand Support for Families of Young People with Substance Use Issues

Beth Hess - Thursday, June 30, 2016
MCF is launching a peer support and family navigation program specifically for families of young people with substance use issues. Since 1999, MCF has been providing peer support and services navigation to families caring for young people with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use issues. Recently, MCF was asked by the state's Behavioral Health ..

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Having Difficulty Finding Psychiatric Services?

Beth Hess - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Families often report that they have tried to locate an in-network psychiatrist from directories provided by their insurer, only to find that most of the providers listed are not available for a variety of reasons. This experience is not unusual. In the 2016 Maryland legislative session, bills were passed to help address this problem. Background: In June of 2014 the Men ..

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Fourth Annual Retreat Builds Youth Leadership

Beth Hess - Friday, June 10, 2016
With 49 young adults in attendance, Taking Flight, in partnership with On Our Own of Maryland, hosted the 4th Annual Young Adult Leadership Retreat May 24-26 at Melwood Recreation in Nanjemoy, Maryland. This largest Retreat to date included participants from every corner of Maryland: from Hagerstown to Hollywood, Federalsburg to Frederick, and many places in between.  ..

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Federal Legislative Action Alert: Urge Passage of Senate Bill 2680

Beth Hess - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S.2680) will: Combat suicide Increase the mental health workforce Strengthen enforcement of the mental health parity law Invest in early intervention Promote integration of health and mental health care Strengthen community crisis response systems S. 2680 has passed out of committee, but still needs to be voted on by the ..

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Report Released: Listening and Learning from Caregivers of Youth and Young Adults with Substance Use Problems

Beth Hess - Tuesday, May 03, 2016
MCF has released its latest report based on focus groups held with parents and caregivers: Listening and Learning from Caregivers of Youth and Young Adults with Substance Use Problems. The report is the result of 10 focus groups held across the state with parents and caregivers who have cared for a child under the age of 26 with a substance use problem. One hundred and eigh ..

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Celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week: May 1 - 7

Beth Hess - Sunday, May 01, 2016
Join communities across the state in celebrating Children's Mental Health Awareness Week in Maryland. Visit the Children's Mental Health Matters! campaign website (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/) to find local events (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/events) and resources for: parents and families (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.org/paren ..

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What Helps/What Harms Report Released

Beth Hess - Thursday, April 28, 2016
Taking Flight, MCF’s Youth Council, is excited to announce the release of the What Helps/What Harms report. The report is intended to spark meaningful conversation about changes that can be made to improve services and outcomes for young people in Maryland. What Helps/What Harms was a collaborative effort between Taking Flight and On Our Own of Maryland’s Tran ..

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Call for Artwork

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Taking Flight, MCF’s Youth Council, is seeking submissions for its 4th Annual Anti-Stigma Art Project. This year, youth and young adults are invited to decorate a shoe with art, words, or both, to answer the following question: What would be the most important thing someone could learn if they walked in my shoes for a day? Download the information packet (/Litera ..

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Congratulations to 2016 FLI Graduates

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
On April 2, MCF was pleased to recognize its 12th class of Family Leadership Institute (FLI) graduates. This intensive 60-hour, six-weekend training experience is designed to train caregivers to become advocates in their communities and at the state level. The 2016 class was comprised of 25 caregivers from across the state, including grandmothers, foster parents, moms ..

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Urge Governor Hogan to Support the Keep the Door Open Act!

Beth Hess - Monday, April 11, 2016
The Maryland General Assembly session comes to an end today (Monday, April 11). The outcome of the Keep the Door Open Act is still uncertain. The Keep the Door Open Act (http://keepthedooropenmd.org/wp-content/uploads/KTDO-Act-flyer.pdf) is a vital step to ensure that Marylanders affected by mental health and substance use disorders are able to access effective and timely t ..

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