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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.

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 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/ADS@montgomerycountymd.gov 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
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