Beth Hess - Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The consumption of alcohol is an integral part of the holidays for many – office parties, egg nog and a champagne toast are just a few of the holiday traditions that involve alcohol. An unfortunate consequence is a sharp increase in alcohol-related accidents and deaths during the holiday season.
For parents and caregivers, the holiday season offers an excellent ..
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 ..
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:// ..
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 ..
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 ..
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. ..
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 ..
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 ..
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.
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: