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MCF Announces Name Change

Beth Hess - Monday, March 14, 2016
Please join us in celebrating a new milestone in the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health’s 16-year history. Today we are excited to announce our name change to the Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF). This shortened name reflects the evolution and expansion of MCF’s services in recent years, including the development of programming for ..

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16th Annual Family Day in Annapolis

Beth Hess - Friday, March 04, 2016
On February 25, 200 family members, advocates, legislators and their staff gathered in the Miller Senate Office Building for MCF's 16th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. Attendees traveled from 21 of Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City to be part of the day. During the morning session, elected officials and representatives from Governor Hogan’s administrati ..

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Independence Now Accepting Applications for Youth Leadership Forum

Beth Hess - Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Independence Now is accepting applications for its 2016 Youth Leadership Forum. Open to Maryland residents with ANY type of disability in their last two years of high school or graduating in the spring of 2016, the Youth Leadership Forum is an educational training program for youth that includes the opportunity to meet with Maryland leaders with or without disabilities, par ..

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Call for Writing & Artwork Entries

Beth Hess - Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Taking Flight (http://www.taking-flight.org/), the Maryland Coalition of Families' Youth Council, is now accepting entries of all types of written expressions and artwork for an anthology. This book will be available as a resource to youth and young adults, as well as to support service providers in Maryland. The theme of this compilation is “My Voice,” and ..

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Get Involved in the 2016 Legislative Session

Beth Hess - Monday, January 25, 2016
The 2016 Maryland legislative session began on Wednesday, January 13. There will be a number of important bills related to mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs of children, youth and young adults. We need your voice! What you say does matter to your legislators. There are three main ways that you can have an impact on legislation: (https://familyda ..

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Has your family benefited from Family Navigation services?

Beth Hess - Friday, January 22, 2016
In our December Newsletter, we asked you to contact Governor Hogan to request that Family Navigation services be included as an identified priority for Local Management Boards. Since then we have received some additional information. We now ask that you contact the Chair of your Local Management Board (LMB) and ask that they continue to keep Family Navigation as an identified p ..

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One-to-One Support Now Available for Parents and Caregivers in Southern Maryland

Beth Hess - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
One-to-one support is now available to Southern Maryland parents and caregivers of children and youth with behavioral health needs. MCF now has Family Navigators serving families in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. A Family Navigator is a parent who has cared for a child with behavioral health challenges and has been trained to help other families. Any parent ..

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Join the 2016 Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign

Beth Hess - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
One in five children experience a diagnosable mental health disorder each year, yet only 20% are identified and receive treatment. We need your help to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and connect parents and caregivers across the state with resources. Join the 2016 Children's Mental Health Matters! (http://www.childrensmentalhealthmatters.or ..

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MCF Welcomes New Board Members

Beth Hess - Thursday, January 07, 2016
MCF is pleased to welcome six new board members to its Board of Directors. Paul Buckman, Mary Bunch, Susan Cole, Gail Drescher, Kathy Rentfrow and Karen Yudelson Sandler began their service this month. Edward Hiller, who previously served as Board President, continues on the board as a member. We thank retiring board members Ira S. Lourie, who also served as Board Trea ..

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Eastern Shore Families Come Together for REACH

Beth Hess - Tuesday, December 15, 2015
On November 13 and 14, more than 120 participants, including 45 youth, from Maryland’s Eastern Shore came together at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel for the 7th Annual REACH Retreat. Parents and caregivers attended workshops that included “Childhood Trauma,” “Transition Planning: Navigating through the System” and “Specia ..

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