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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 Older American’s Month

Whether you are an active senior, caregiver or in need of extra assistance, you can view our Resource Guide for Older Adults, or you can contact  the Montgomery County Aging and Disabilities Department at 240-777-3000/ with any questions.  And view this month’s calendar of events from that department.

Seniors Today

Be sure to tune in to Austin Heyman’s show, Seniors Today.  It shares news and information of interest to senior residents of Montgomery County.Program airs on Comcast/RCN 6, Verizon 30 the following times: Sunday 6:00pm | Mon – (10:00am) | Tues – (1:00am, 12:30pm, 6:00pm) | Thurs – (2:30am, 6:00pm) | Fri (10:30am) | Sat – (2:00am).

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.

Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week returns April 24 – 28

There truly has never been a more important time in our nation to honor those who dedicate their careers to serving youth in out-of-school time settings. Hear Our Roar—Join the Thunderclap!
  • The BEST opportunity to share the event with a mass audience is to join the National Afterschool Association’s  Thunderclap. Thunderclap makes going viral possible by sending a single message about Appreciation Week at the same moment, across all social channels, so it rises above the noise. You can join the movement by donating both your personal and organization followers. Let’s make a boom!
  • Make Plans to Celebrate: Families, leaders, and community members can all celebrate afterschool professionals. Download ideas here.
  • Post on Social Media: Find sample posts and downloadable graphics here and a promotional video here. Include the hashtag #heartofafterschool in your posts!
  • Share with Community Leaders, Members & Families: Send an email to colleagues and families, a press release to the media and rally your local officials to proclaim April 24 – 28 Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week. Click here to access resources.
  • And don’t forget to show your appreciation for Montgomery County’s local out of school time programs.  infoMONTGOMERY’s Youth Development Resource Guide has many resources that support families with school-aged youth and youth workers.

Ride On’s annual Give & Ride food drive campaign will run April 23-29!

Give non-perishable food items onboard Ride On from Sunday, April 23 – Saturday April 29, 2017.  Help the Hungry  and Ride FREE!

Help us help the hungry in Montgomery County. Our County is among the wealthiest in the nation, yet 16.3% of the children in the County are food insecure, more than any other county in Maryland.Food donations will be collected on all buses. Receive a free ride each time you donate. More importantly, help us feed the hungry in our community. All donations go to Manna Food and needy area families, including the disabled, seniors and the working poor. To show our thanks, you ride free with a donation.  

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 29, 2017

Recycle/Dispose of your medications in Montgomery County! The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications. You can bring unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines. This is service is free and anonymous. See this flyer for locations. These municipalities have permanent drop-off sites. The collection sites are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. Liquids, inhalers, aerosol cans, regular household ointments/lotions, needles/sharps and thermometers are not accepted.
  • Chevy Chase Village Police Department Medication Drop Box, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
  • City of Gaithersburg Prescription Medication Disposal, 14 Fulks Corner Avenue Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877-2066
  • City of Takoma Park Prescription Drug Take Back, 7500 Maple Avenue, 1st Floor Lobby, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

Health and Social Service Resources for Montgomery County Residents

Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services’  Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) program has published a printable guide for social service resources in the County.  It is available in 15 languages on the AAHI website or by calling 240-777-4517. These are the most requested languages:

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:  

Support Students From Immigrant Families

For many students from immigrant families, the shifts in immigration policy over the past month have been much more than a series of news stories; these students are dealing with tangible anxiety. Not only are teachers tasked with responding to students’ fears and providing the support they need, but also they’re working to address the facts and field students’ questions about the rapidly shifting policies.

The Teaching Tolerance staff of the SPLC has put together a package of resources to help you navigate this topic in your classroom and at your school.

  Here are just a few of the resources you’ll find:

  • A printable poster to let students know they’re welcome at your school
  • A helpful guide for supporting children from immigrant and refugee families
  • Lessons for teaching a variety of immigration topic
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  • Helping all Seniors Thrive
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