Frustrated? You're not alone.

While each family’s struggle to find help is unique, we know that improvements to policies on the state and local level help us all. MCF families work together to improve services in mental health, substance use, schools and other systems throughout Maryland by amplifying the family voice. Family voice comprises the views of families throughout both the state and the nation, based on their diverse experiences of caring for a child with mental health and/or substance use needs.

While changes to big problems do not happen overnight, they do happen when families speak out. Here’s how you can get involved:

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Have you had trouble accessing needed behavioral health services for your child or loved one through private insurance? If so, please explain.

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Have a voice in policy decisions

Many committees (including task forces, advisory boards and work groups) related to mental health and/or substance use require that a parent or caregiver with experience caring for a child with these issues serve on the committee.

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Get involved in legislative advocacy

Your voice can and does make a difference in shaping state policy.

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Participate in a Focus Group

Focus groups are meetings of family members in which questions are asked to elicit the perspective of families on a particular topic. MCF staff then write a report summarizing the findings of the focus groups, and share the opinions of family members with policy-makers.

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Raise Public Awareness

Help raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health, substance use and resources available to families.

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Get Leadership Training

Take part in the next Family Leadership Institute (FLI), an intensive 60-hour, six-weekend training experience designed to train you to become an advocate in your community and at the state level.