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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

Summer Programs for Youth

School is almost out, it’s not too late to sign-up for camps to keep them active and engaged.  Montgomery County’s Department’s  of Recreation and Parks offer the following camps:
MCPS Summer Meals 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. Our goal is to provide meals to as many children as possible! Children 18 years of age or younger may come to any of these locations Monday through Friday to receive a healthy and nutritious lunch.

Youth Cruiser Summer Passes


Ride On makes it easy for those under 18 to travel around the County in the summer by offering the Youth Summer Pass, which is loaded onto a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card. The Pass allows kids to take unlimited Ride On trips between June 1 and August 31 for a flat fee of $18.

Starting May 16, purchase the Youth Summer at the TRiPS Commuter Stores in Silver Spring, 8404 Colesville Road and Friendship Heights, 17 Wisconsin Circle; the Montgomery County Treasury Office, 255 Rockville Pike, Suite L-15, Rockville; online at www.SmarTrip.com, or at select CVS and Giant locations. See the complete list of locations.

Kids Ride Free hours continue during the summer. The summer pass can be used for all other rides when regular fares apply.

Kids who don’t have the Youth Cruiser SmarTrip Card can buy one for $2 at any County library with proof of age and residency. The card, which is designed for County residents who are in kindergarten through 12th grade, allows students to participate in Kids Ride Free and take advantage of discounted youth monthly and summer passes.

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:

Tax-Aide Program

Free income tax preparation is available at MCPL locations by trained volunteers for low-to-moderate income Montgomery County taxpayers — especially seniors 60 and over. Call 240-777-2577, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm to make an appointment starting January 30, 2017.   The RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program also offers appointments  online.
  • Chevy Chase: Thursdays, February 9 – April 13, 2017
  • Gaithersburg: Wednesdays, February 8 – April 12, 2017
  • Germantown: Mondays, February 6 – April 17, 2017
  • Kensington Park: Fridays, February 10 – April 14, 2017
  • Long Branch: Wednesdays and Saturdays, February 8 – April 15, 2017
  • Olney : Thursdays, February 9 – April 13, 2017
  • Poolesville: Fridays, February 10 – April 14, 2017
  • Silver Spring: Tuesdays, February 7 – April 18, 2017
  • Twinbrook: Tuesdays, February 7 – April 18, 2017
 

Community Tax Aid

Walk-in service only; no appointments; first come, first served.  For individuals with no more than $35,000 in income and families with no more than $52,000.

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities: What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes

With the biggest storm of the season set to hit Montgomery County, this article from the Redfin Corporation  is a good reminder to stay alert and informed. Stay tuned to the Montgomery County Winter Storm Information Portal to find out information on plowing roads, or to submit a service request, or call Montgomery County’s Customer Service center at 311, or 240-777-0311. If you have a generator, check to be sure it’s in good working condition so it will be ready the moment you need it. It’s a good idea to keep backup equipment batteries as part of your emergency supply kit, but if you have the safe opportunity to buy more when a blizzard is on the way, do so. Blizzards You’ll also want to check in with your doctor. Request any medication refills you might need, taking into consideration that roads may be blocked and businesses closed for several days at a time. Ask if there are any aspects to your condition that could be exacerbated by the freezing temperatures and what you can do to prevent problems. There may even be some specific non-perishable foods your physician can recommend that will be especially nutritious for you to focus on until grocery shopping is possible. Be over-prepared when it comes to protecting yourself from the cold, even if you’re not especially susceptible to problems from it. Insulate your home as much as possible — hanging dark curtains over a window with direct sun can make an important difference — and bundle up. Be especially mindful of warming your fingers, toes, ears, nose, and cheeks, as these areas can be quite prone to frostnip and frostbite. And don’t forget to have some extra blankets set aside for your service animal if you have one.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Whether you are a parent,  educator,  community member, teen, or kid, you can take a stand against bullying.   Visit the US Dept of Health and Human Service’s website, bullying.gov to find out who is at risk, and what you can do to prevent and respond to bullying. Check out these FAQ’s from the National Bullying Prevention Center Here, in Montgomery County, Project Change’s You Have the Power! program helps youth confront the serious problem of bullying head on with a youth-led mentoring program in which older students teach younger students about the characteristics and consequences of bullying and how to reduce it in their communities.
 ICC’s Crossroads Program provides counseling, mentoring, case management and positive youth development programming; .
 

Maryland Eviction Procedure

Eviction is a legal procedure. To evict you, a Maryland landlord must go to district court to get a judgment against you. If he gets one, the court will issue an order of eviction and a sheriff will make you leave the home. A landlord who moves a tenant’s belongings out of the home, changes the locks, or cuts off utilities without a court order may be criminally prosecuted and liable for damages. If this happens, tenants should call the police and an attorney or legal services organization.

Montgomery County Police, Non-Emergency: (301) 279-8000

The Montgomery County Emergency Eviction Prevention service provides assistance to evicted families. For help or more information, contact 240-777-3075.

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