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Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. Join Lindsey Vajpeyi, Programs & Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association’s National Capital Area Chapter and Penny Gladhill, Director of the Volunteer Helping Hands program at Hospice Caring, for this workshop to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 7 to 8:30 pm  Hospice Caring, Inc. | 518 South Frederick Avenue | Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Space is limited! Registration is required.  

Save a Life Montgomery: Opioid and Substance Abuse Community Forum

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month and the Many Voices for Smart Choices™ Coalition* will be hosting a special event–Save a Life Montgomery Community Forum.

Saturday October 21, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Doors will open at noon to allow attendees time to visit the information pathway and resource tables. Walk-ins are welcome and may register at the door. There is no cost to attend this event and all community members are welcome. This program will provide current information to attendees on medical, legal, and behavioral issues and supports related to opioid and substance abuse. This forum is designed to address unique issues among parents, caregivers, and youth. Activities include: • an information pathway of county statistics and personal stories • resource tables providing information about relevant local services and supports • keynote speakers, including: two-time Super Bowl Champion Dexter Manley • presentation of youth PSA video and poster contest award winners • information about the Good Samaritan law • interactive demonstrations and reflection activities especially for youth (note: SSL hours are available for this event) • behavioral and health changes that occur in those with current substance abuse issues • an introduction to Naloxone and panel discussion with a Q&A session

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Please Note: You can register up to 20 additional attendees, 10 in each category: Student and or General Registration.

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.

Free Weekend Retreat for Former Caregivers

Hospice Caring, Inc is delighted to announce  A special, no cost program for family/friend primary caregivers whose loved one has died within the past 2 years. 

Friday, October 27 at 4 pm – Sunday, October 29 at 2 pm

Rockwood Manor Retreat Center, Potomac, MD

See the attached flyer for more information. Space is limited! Registration is required. To register, contact Anne Baker, Director of Adult Bereavement Services at or 301-990-0854

International Overdose Awareness Day Thursday, August 31, 2017


In response to International Overdose Awareness Day, Montgomery County invites you to:

2nd Annual Ceremony of Remembrance

Thursday, August 31, 2017
7:00 pm
Come early for the Resource Fair at 5:30 pm
Justice Plaza
Montgomery County Circuit Court Rockville, MD

  If you need more information AND/OR you would like to have your loved one remembered in a memorial video, please send – by August 24 – up to 10 pictures, with their name, date of birth and date of death to For more information, view this flyer.

This event is hosted by S.O.U.L. (Surviving Our Ultimate Loss) families of Montgomery County in partnership with the Montgomery County Government and the Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court

Maryland Treatment Locator Directory

The State of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Behavioral Health Administration has provided the Maryland Certified Treatment Directory.  This directory lists of all state certified substance abuse treatment programs in Maryland. If you need further assistance locating treatment call 410-402-8600. In addition to location, you can also search by Provider Name, Level of Care and Special Populations

For Example you can search Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs, including opioid treatment programs (OTPs), that combine behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. For local programs,search infoMONTGOMERY, or visit the Statewide site for programs outside our county.

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:
  • collaboration council
  • Montgomery School
  • montgomery county md
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  • Mental Health Assocaiton
  • Helping all Seniors Thrive
  • Montgomery County Libraries
  • Nonprofit Montgomery