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Family Day in Annapolis

When: Wednesday, February 20, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: First Floor, Lowe House Office Building, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

Family members, legislators, policymakers and providers will gather in Annapolis on Wednesday, February 20.

Join us to advocate for behavioral health services!

MCF’s 19th Annual Family Day in Annapolis offers a unique opportunity to have your voice heard by those who have the power to make changes. We will be advocating for children and youth with behavioral health needs, and all those with substance use or gambling issues. MCF provides free shuttle buses from various locations across the state.

Who should attend:

  • Parents and caregivers of young people with behavioral health needs
  • Anyone who cares for someone with substance use or gambling issues
  • Children, youth and young adults
  • Providers
  • Policymakers

You’ll be able to:

  • Express your concerns about the need for more behavioral health services
  • Learn about important legislation in Maryland's House and Senate
  • Meet with legislators and/or their staff
This is a free event. Please note: Participants will walk both within the legislator office buildings and outdoors to attend legislator meetings and are encouraged to participate in a several-block march that follows.

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Event Details

Agenda:

  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: First Floor, Lowe House Office Building
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm: Visit legislative offices
  • 12:00 pm: Behavioral Health March  

Parking:

The State Shuttle (trolley) departs every 5-15 minutes from the parking lot at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium off Rowe Blvd.

  • Parking in the lot is $5 per day.
  • The trolley costs $2 per person one way ($4 round trip). Bring single bills; change is not available.
  • If taking the trolley: ask the trolley driver to let you off at the Lawyer's Mall stop.

Shuttle Buses from your region (free; click here to reserve a seat):

  • Baltimore City Shuttle Bus will pick up at 7:30 am at 2701 N. Charles Street and at 7:45 am at the Old Target at Mondawmin Mall. Download the schedule to learn more.
  • Eastern Shore Shuttle Bus will pick up at 6:35 am at the Shore Birds Stadium Parking Lot in Salisbury, at 7:25 am at the Save-A-Lot Parking Lot in Cambridge, at 7:55 am at the Kohls Parking Lot in Easton and at 8:25 am at the Park & Ride by Kmart in Stevensville. Download the schedule to learn more.
  • Northeast Maryland Shuttle Bus will pick up at 7:00 am at the North East Walmart and at 7:45 am at the White Marsh Park and Ride in Nottingham. Download the schedule to learn more.
  • Southern Maryland Shuttle Bus will pick up at 7:00 am at the Charlotte Hall Park n Ride in Charlotte Hall and at 8:30 am at Bowie Senior Center in Bowie. Download the schedule to learn more.
  • Western Maryland Shuttle Bus will pick up at 5:40 am at the Ramada Inn Cumberland, at 6:40 am at the Sharpsburg Pike Park and Ride in Hagerstown, at 7:10 am at the Frederick – Weis Market and at 7:45 am at the Mt Airy – Park and Ride Rt 27. Download the schedule to learn more.
Security:
Allow at least 15 minutes to go through security when entering legislative buildings. A photo ID is required to enter the buildings. Food and cameras are prohibited. Cell phones must be turned off.

Dress:
Wear warm, comfortable clothes and shoes for walking. 

Download the event flyer

Help ensure that the voice of families is heard by policy-makers in Annapolis this year. Donate now to support MCF's 19th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. 

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