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2019 Annual Report Released

Gail Doerr - Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Maryland Coalition of Families is pleased to share our 2019 Annual Report. As we have grown to become one of the largest family-run organizations in the country, our mission remains the same: To connect, support and empower Maryland’s families and, to advocate to improve systems that impact individuals with behavioral health challenges. This report demonstrates  ..

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MCF Stands with the Black Community

Gail Doerr - Thursday, June 18, 2020
MCF stands in solidarity with the Black Community in this time of grieving, anger and pain. We denounce racism in all its forms, in particular the threat and killings of African-American/Black people. We are outraged by the systemic racism and bias that we have seen and that continues, including the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Broo ..

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Maryland Legislative Wrap-up

Ann Geddes - Thursday, June 18, 2020
The 2020 legislative session ended three weeks early on March 18, due to COVID 19. Due to the shortened session, legislators focused on priority legislation, and many bills did not receive a vote. MCF has delayed publishing a legislative summary as we were waiting to see if Governor Hogan would veto a key piece of legislation related to the provision of behavioral healt ..

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Sanity-Saving Tips for Parents

Tara Wetherell - Thursday, June 18, 2020
When you have a child with behavioral health challenges, maintaining a productive and peaceful routine while the whole family is at home together can seem like an impossible goal. As we head into summer, DeVaki Leonard, MCF’s Family Leadership Assistant, shares her tips for making daily life less stressful and more joyful. Establish a positive morning routine. Start the  ..

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We’re In This Together: Taking Flight Supports Young Adults

Tara Wetherell - Thursday, June 18, 2020
Taking Flight is MCF's statewide program for youth ages 18-26, led by four young women who use their personal experience with behavioral health challenges to help others. They provide informal peer support and connection, work to break through stigma, and advocate for positive system changes. “I often say that I wish I had a group like Taking Flight to turn to when I wa ..

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Remembering Ginger Rosella

Tara Wetherell - Thursday, June 18, 2020
A Memoriam by Jane Plapinger The MCF family is deeply saddened at the tragic passing on May 23 of Ginger Rosela, our beloved and much-admired colleague. Ginger was a Family Peer Support Specialist, and one of five substance use family advocates who helped establish MCF’s Substance Use Family Navigation Program four years ago. Everyone who knew Ginger was touched by her  ..

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Special Education Services during School Closure

Ann Geddes - Thursday, May 14, 2020
On March 30th the Maryland State Department of Education issued guidance on the provision of special education services during school closure owing to COVID-19. The guidelines state: Schools should contact families with a child on an IEP to arrange a plan for services during school closure Schools still need to provide a Free, Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to stu ..

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Family Resources for Substance Use Disorder During COVID-19

Ann Geddes - Thursday, May 14, 2020
Families that struggle with substance use disorder are experiencing unique and increased challenges caused by the COVID-19 public health crisis. An additional concern is that the resources usually available to support these families are not accessible in the same way now. There are, however, many highly effective online and remote alternatives to receive support. Maryla ..

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Protect Your Children from Online Dangers

Tara Wetherell - Thursday, May 14, 2020
With parents and kids working and learning remotely, screen time is on the rise and many parents have relaxed the usual limits on activities like online gaming and using communication apps. But during this time of parental multitasking, how can we protect our children from dangerous or inappropriate content, or even from developing an online gambling problem? For starte ..

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Resources for Recovery Supports During the Pandemic

Gail Doerr - Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Frequent contact with others who are in recovery is a cornerstone of 12 step programs. Together people provide mutual support in order to maintain their recovery. Yet currently the CDC has recommended cancelling all gatherings of 10 or more people, and Governor Hogan announced that the state will prosecute gatherings of 10 or more people. In the midst of this guidance, most ..

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