Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) helps families who have young people with behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use challenges. Using personal experience as parents, caregivers and young people, we connect, support and empower Maryland’s families.
MCF empowers parents, caregivers and young people by:
- Helping them navigate services and systems
- Providing them with tools to advocate
- Connecting parents, caregivers and young people to each other
- Ensuring their voice and perspective is heard
- Raising public awareness and fighting stigma
- Children and youth with behavioral health needs are valued and require individualized services to achieve their full potential.
- Families are a constant in a child’s life and are equal partners in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of services.
- Services for children, youth and their families are provided from a strength-based approach and are responsive to the needs of the whole child and entire family.
- Local and state systems of care are family-driven and culturally and linguistically competent.
- Respect for the dignity and individual differences of each family and the rights of families to make decisions for their children
- Partnership with providers, policymakers, administrators and other advocacy organizations to improve systems of care for children and youth
- Responsibility to assist families with understandable, complete and accurate information
- Commitment to empower families through support, training and education
- Accountability to families, the community, and to funders for the performance of quality of services and supports provided by the Coalition
- Cultural and linguistic competence in the delivery of programs and services