Mental Health Awareness Week! FABULOUS Opportunities!!!

Hello Tigers!

This is such and incredible organization with so many wonderful opportunities and resources! Please check them out! (and a huge thank you to Ms. Ottman for bringing this organization to the forefront of our minds!)

Check them out!:

Legislative2017 Legislative Wrap-Up: Your Voice Made a Difference

Maryland’s 2017 Legislative Session ended with passage of a number of important bills that address mental health and substance use, as well as education.

Thank you to all who attended MCF’s Family Day in Annapolis and advocated on behalf of the Keep the Door Open Act (KTDO).  KTDO was incorporated into the HOPE Act and passed!

Click for summaries of key pieces of legislation.


May 1-7: Celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

With the help of more than 400 School Champions and 100 Community Champions registered to take part in the 2017 Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign, May 1-7 is shaping up to be Maryland’s biggest celebration of children’s mental health awareness to date!

Thank you to Alexandra Deutsch from the Auburn School Silver Spring Campus for sharing her artwork for this year’s Children’s Mental Health Matters! poster

Visit the Campaign website to find local events and resources for:

Ready to bring the Campaign to your community? It’s not too late to take part!

Find out how you can be a champion for children’s mental health in your school or community. From wearing green to sharing resiliency tips with your child, there are many ways that you can raise awareness this May 1-7.


Tips for Self-Care

Spring is a time of new beginnings.  It is also a time that people look to undertake some major housekeeping.

Click for tips on three things that you can do to declutter your life and nurture your spirit.

peerPeer Support for Youth in Prince George’s County   

Young people with behavioral health needs in Prince George’s County are invited to get involved in two local, youth-driven programs.

MCF is overseeing the development and implementation of a youth peer support group and youth advisory council for Prince George’s County as part of the Prince George’s County System of Care Expansion Implementation Grant in partnership with the Prince George’s County Health Department.

Click to learn more.

FLICongratulations to 2017 Family Leadership Institute Graduates

On April 8, MCF celebrated 22 participants for completing our 13th annual Family Leadership Institute (FLI). This intensive 60-hour, six-weekend experience trains parents and caregivers to become more effective leaders and advocates for children with behavioral health needs locally and at the state level.

The 22 members of the class of 2017 included caregivers from across the state, including grandmothers, aunts, foster and adoptive parents, moms and dads. Participants came from across Maryland, including Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Harford, Cecil, Baltimore, Prince George’s, Calvert and Wicomico Counties, and Baltimore City.

Read more.

Did You Know…
Wright’s Law is a website with the stated purpose of providing “accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.”

If you have a question about Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs) or other topics related to education/special education, is an excellent resource. The website hosts a wealth of information – so much so that it can seem overwhelming at first glance.

Before diving in, it may be helpful to view a tutorial video on how to navigate the site

EmploymentMCF Employment Opportunities

MCF currently has a job opening for a part-time Youth Engagement Specialist.

Click for further information.

Upcoming Trainings & Events
Help! I’m the parent of an anxious child!

When: May 3, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6501 N. Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204

Tri-County Memory Walk – Death by Addiction

When: May 6, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: 6932 Serenity Farm Road, Benedict MD 20612
Young Adult Leadership Day Retreat – Savage Mill
When: May 6, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Terrapin Adventures, Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry Street, Savage, MD 20763
A Breathe of Fresh Air, A Day in the Park
When: May 7, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Tuckahoe State Park, 13069 Crouse Mill Rd, Lake Picnic Pavilion, Ridgely, MD

Celebrating Through Art: The First Lady’s Mental Health Awareness Youth Art Display & Reception

When: May 8, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Lowe House Office Building, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Learn more

Special Education Services: Beyond the Classroom

When: May 12, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Multi-Purpose Room – Student Services Center; University of Maryland Eastern Shore

NAMIWalks Maryland

When: May 20, Check in at 9:00 am
Where: West Shore Park, 401 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Young Adult Leadership Day Retreat – Centreville
When: May 20, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Camp Pecometh, 401 Jack Elliot Way, Centreville, MD 21617

MCF Southern Maryland Family Leadership Retreat

When: June 2, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and June 3, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Marriott Spring Hill Suites, 75 Sherry Lane, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Applications due May 15

Parent & Caregiver Support Groups

Did You Know…

The “There is Hope” app provides fast and easy access to crisis intervention and suicide prevention support.

This free app provides the next steps to help someone at risk of taking their life, or for those concerned about family members or friends who are having suicidal thoughts. The app also includes an immediate connection to crisis counselors who will deliver help and hope for preventing suicide.

Download the app from the Apple App Store and Android Google Play Store.

Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) is the statewide family voice for families of children and adolescents with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs. We advocate for improving services in all systems of care for children, youth and families. All of our family support staff are parents who have cared for a child with behavioral health needs and have been trained to help other families.

10632 Little Patuxent Pkwy Suite 234  |  Columbia, MD 21044
Toll Free: (888) 607-3637  |  Fax: (410) 730-8331

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