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October is National Bullying Prevention Month Part II

October is
National Bullying Prevention Month

You can help create a world without bullying!

A nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center that unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying among school-age youth is a pervasive problem that challenges the teaching and learning environment, increases mental health and behavior problems, diminishes school connectedness and violates the right of students to receive equal educational opportunities in a safe environment. In response, schools have an ethical and legal responsibility to prevent bullying of any kind, ideally as part of a comprehensive approach to ensuring school safety and promoting positive behavior.
Visit this post from the American Psychological Association, for information on Bullying, Electronic Harassment and Aggression Prevention. In Montgomery County, these agencies are working to address the problem locally.  

Prevention Coordinator Position Available

Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families
September 2017
The Collaboration Council is currently seeking a Prevention Coordinator for its Many Voices for Smart Choices (MVSC) substance abuse prevention program. The Prevention Coordinator assists the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families in its efforts to reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs by youth and young adults, and engages community stakeholders in encouraging positive youth development. For complete job description and where to send your cover letter and resume click here Prevention Coordinator Job Description.
Closing date for submitting resumes is October 16, 2017

Helping a Client in Crisis

EveryMind of Montgomery County is offering the following training for professionals:

Helping a Client in Crisis (3 CE’s for Social Workers and Counselors)

Friday, September 29, 2017 9:00am – 12:00pm EveryMind Large Conference Room 1000 Twinbrook Parkway Rockville, MD 20851 Many clients seeking mental health support and treatment are at risk for suicide. This seminar will help to ensure you and your clients are prepared. This seminar is designed to help you:
  • Understand how to ethically treat suicidal clients
  • Identify how to discuss suicidality with your clients
  • Create safety plans with your client
  • Document suicidality in client notes
  • Apply evidence-based strategies on how to treat a client after a suicide attempt
*Light breakfast will be provided Speaker Rachel Larkin, MA, LCSW is the Director of EveryMind’s Crisis Prevention & Intervention Services, which provide supportive listening, information and resources, and crisis intervention via phone, text, and online chat. Rachel is an expert in suicidology and has spoken throughout the National Capital Region on issues related to suicide and mental health crises for organizations such as the Federal Drug Administration and Montgomery College. COST: $50.00 MAXIMUM ATTENDEES: 35 (we will maintain a waiting list after capacity is reached) IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
  • Pre-registration deadline is 12:00pm on September 28, 2017.
  • No refunds will be made after 12:00pm on September 28, 2017.
  • In the event of inclement weather, please call EveryMind’s office after 6:00am on the day of the seminar for an update on the status of the seminar.
  • Credit hours are ONLY given to those who attend the entire seminar.
  • Registrants must sign in and out.
Continuing Education: 3.0 Credit Hours
  • Approved Category I by Board of Social Work Examiners of the State of Maryland.
  • Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #5796. Seminars that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EveryMind is solely responsible for all aspects of the seminars.
  • Based on approval by the above licensing boards, continuing credits provided by EveryMind will be approved by the licensing boards of Washington, DC and Virginia for social workers.

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.

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.
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