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Healthy & Free lunch for Children 18 & under this summer

Summer Programs

Children 18 years of age or younger may come to any of these locations Monday through Friday to receive a healthy and nutritious lunch.

No appointment is necessary; but the lunch must be eaten at the location.

Argyle Middle School

2400 Bel Pre Road • Silver Spring, MD

July 10 — 28 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

City of Faith

8051 Cessna Avenue, Suite 160 • Gaithersburg, MD

June 19 — Sept. 1 • 2:00-2:30 PM

Fox Chapel Elementary School

19315 Archdale Road • Germantown, MD

June 26 — August 4 • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Gaithersburg
Elementary School

35 North Summit Avenue • Gaithersburg, MD

July 10 ­— August 11 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Key Middle School

910 Schindler Drive • Silver Spring, MD

June 26 ­— August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Middlebrook Mobile

19515 North Frederick Road • Germantown, MD

June 26 — August 4 • 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

North Creek Community Center

20125 Arrowhead Road • Montgomery Village, MD

June 19 — August 11 • 12:30-2:00 PM

Northwood High School

919 University Blvd., West • Silver Spring, MD

June 26—August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Watkins Mill High School

10301 Apple Ridge Road • Gaithersburg, MD

June 26—August 4 • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Interested in receiving meals for your summer program?

The Summer Meals Program is designed to provide nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger. Approximately 35% of MCPS students are eligible for free and reduced price meals; and this program is designed to bridge the “nutrition gap” when school is out. 

The MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services is the summer food service sponsor in Montgomery County and about 9,500 children are served at approximately 120 locations each day.

Free Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Everymind. is offering  free Mental Health First Aid Trainings. Sometimes First Aid isn’t a bandage, CPR, administering the Heimlich or calling 9-1-1. Sometimes First Aid is YOU. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour, evidence-based interactive training which teaches participants how to help someone developing a mental health or addictions problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid
Date: Friday, June 23, 2017 Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: 1000 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20851
*Breakfast and lunch provided

Mental Health First Aid
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: 1000 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20851

Open Solicitation for Systems of Care Evaluator and Trainer

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families is currently looking to fill two positions:
  • Trainer: an entity that is able to complete a needs assessment and develop a plan for targeted training. The training should be evidence based and should focus on cultural competency, trauma informed care, and developmentally appropriate provider treatment for Transitional Aged Youth related to the SAMHSA Systems of Care grant.
  • Independent Local Evaluator: a qualified independent evaluator to conduct a multiyear evaluation of the Bridges to the Future, SAMHSA System of Care Expansion Grant for Montgomery County. The evaluation will employ qualitative and quantitative methods in order to describe Bridges progress in expanding the system of care and to identify the strategies that helped achieve that goal.
The deadline for questions is June 22, 2017
The closing date is June 29, 2017
Please see the entire solicitation for more information:
Trainer
Evaluator

Communications/Marketing Consultant for the Systems of Care

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children Youth and Families, Inc. (MCCC) is seeking a Communications/Marketing consultant for the Systems of Care for Transitional Aged Youth.

MCCC created Bridges to the Future to expand its System of Care to reach and engage disconnected transition aged youth (TAY) with or at risk of serious emotional disorders ages 16-21 through care management and intensive crisis services.

Through this Open Solicitation, the Montgomery County Collaboration Council is seeking a communications consultant that will assess current social marketing needs for transition aged youth (16-21yr).

The deadline for questions is June 22, 2017

The closing date is June 29, 2017

Please see the entire solicitation here

Consumer Guide: Behavioral Health Insurance

The Maryland Insurance Administration has published a Consumer Guide to Understanding Health Insurance coverage for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders This guide provides useful information on:
  • Tips for Selecting a Health Plan
  • Key Insurance Terms
  • How to Obtain Pre-Authorization
  • Knowing your Rights
  • How to file complaints and contact the Advocacy Unit
If you have insurance, you can visit the Psychology Today website to search for mental health professionals in a number of ways.  Search by support issues, type of therapist, language spoken, location and insurance support.   For example, these Montgomery County therapists accept Medicaid.

Project Director, Systems of Care


Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families
May 2017

Project Director, Full Time Position Available

The Project Director has overall responsibility for the implementation and management of “Bridges to the Future,” a SAMHSA- funded System of Care Grant to the Montgomery County Department of Behavioral Health and Crisis Services and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. This grant will further develop the system of care to include comprehensive and integrated services for transitional-age youth and young adults ages 16-21 with serious mental health challenges and who are disconnected from school or employment. For complete position description, job responsibilities and how to submit your cover letter and resume please click here.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

According to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, 20% of youth ages 13-18 live a with mental health condition, and 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% begin by age 24. In Montgomery County residents with Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse diagnoses can receive the help they need through these and other programs:

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In our community, government and non-profit agencies work together to
  • Protect children and assist parents or caretakers in providing proper care and attention to children
  • Remedy and decrease the risk of continuing abuse and neglect
  • Provide an alternate plan of care for children when parents or caretakers are unable to proved proper and safe care for them;
Maryland’s Dept of Human Resources, offers these resources on identifying signs of neglect or abuse.

The National Child Welfare information gateway offers tip sheets in English and Spanish on such subjects as:

Locally, these agencies work together to prevent child abuse and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect .

If you are a youth-serving practioner, consider attending Montgomery County Collaboration Council’s  Community of Practice’s Domestic Juvenile Sex Trafficking-Recognition Workshop This workshop is free and will be offered on Thursday, May 4th.  Contact Leteria Bailey to enroll.

Parent Talk Kit: Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The Prevention Coalition has put together drug use and abuse prevention resource for parents, teachers, counselors and other concerned adults.  They’ve put together articles that were designed to help educate parents and other caregivers  on teen drug use and abuse and help parents & guardians prevent drug use & abuse in their children.  See their website for these and other articles:  
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