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Changes to Wraparound in Maryland

Beth Hess - Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Maryland state government recently announced significant changes to the delivery of Wraparound in the state. Funding for the largest program is being terminated, after newer programs with some similar components have been introduced. There is confusion among both families who have been receiving Wraparound and those families who were on the Wraparound waiting list. Provi ..

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Federal Legislation: H.R. 2646 – the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

Beth Hess - Tuesday, November 10, 2015
On November 4, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee passed H.R. 2646, sponsored by Representatives Tim Murphy, a Republican from Pennsylvania, and Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat from Texas. H.R. 2646 seeks to make sweeping reforms to the mental health care system in America, and contains many important provisions, including: integrating physical and mental healt ..

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Family Leadership Institute (FLI) Now Accepting Applications

Beth Hess - Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Class of 2016 Now Accepting Applications The Family Leadership Institute (FLI) is 60-hour, six-weekend intensive training program for parents and caregivers of children or adolescents with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs. FLI prepares you to: be a better advocate for your child join other families in making a difference in your comm ..

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MCF Hosts Connections Conference

Beth Hess - Friday, October 09, 2015
At MCF's 3rd Annual Connections Conference on September 26, more than 170 parents, caregivers, providers and experts in the field came together to “connect” and learn more about children with mental health, substance use and other behavioral health needs and families. Dr. Neal Horen, Director of the Early Childhood Division at Georgetown University's Center  ..

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Beth Hess - Tuesday, October 06, 2015
(http://www.stopbullying.gov/image-gallery/what-you-need-to-know-infographic.pdf)Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. Bullying behavior can be physical or verbal. Boys tend to use physic ..

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Youth Mental Health First Aid: Sponsor a Training

Beth Hess - Thursday, October 01, 2015
MCF has a federal grant to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainings at no cost to participants. We have trainers across Maryland. If your organization would like to sponsor a training, please contact Ann Geddes, ageddes@mdcoalition.org or 410-730-8267 x106. OVERVIEW Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program which int ..

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Diane Park - Thursday, July 23, 2015
(Adapted from an article by Arlene Karidis, “Still more questions than answers about how to treat ADHD,” The Washington Post, June 1, 2015) The Centers for Disease Control and prevention reports that 11 percent of U.S. children age 4-17 (one out of nine) had been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. Yet health care professionals, educators and patient advocat ..

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Third Annual Youth Leadership Retreat a Success

Diane Park - Thursday, July 16, 2015
Taking Flight, in partnership with On Our Own Maryland's Transitional Age Youth Outreach (TAY) Project, hosted the 3rd Annual Young Adult Leadership Retreat. The Retreat was held June 17-19 at North Bay Adventures in North East, Md. This year was our largest Retreat yet, with 42 participants. This year MCF also had four new staff members to help make sure everything ra ..

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The Use of Mental Health Services by Children and Adolescents

Diane Park - Wednesday, June 17, 2015
If you think that more children and youth are being treated for mental health disorders than 15 years ago, you are correct. A study published in the May 2015 New England Journal of Medicine shows that between 1996-1998 and 2010-2012, the use of outpatient mental health services by youth aged 6-17 increased from 9.2% to 13.3%. At the same time, the use of psychotropic medica ..

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The Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign

Diane Park - Thursday, May 28, 2015
Thank you to the more than 200 community partners and school champions who joined MCF and the Mental Health Association of Maryland in this year's Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign. Highlights for the 2015 campaign included two youth panels at UMBC and the University of Maryland at College Park, a flash mob at UMBC, proclamations by the Governor and the towns o ..

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