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 March/April 2015

Volume 3 Issue 2


Upcoming Trainings


Motivational Interviewing - Beginner 

April 14-15, 2015

Baltimore, MD

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)
Comprehensive Training 

April 14, 2015

Baltimore, MD

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Child and Adolescent Service Intensity Instrument
(CASII) Training  

April 14, 2015

Baltimore, MD

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Child and Adolescent Service Intensity Instrument
(CASII) Training  

April 16, 2015

Baltimore, MD

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The Open Table: A Model for Transforming Those in Poverty through Community Collaboration 

April 23, 2015

Easton, MD

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Introduction to Wraparound

May 12-14, 2015

Frederick, MD

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Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Comprehensive Training

May 13, 2015

Baltimore, MD

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 Engagement in the Wraparound Process  

May 19, 2015

Annapolis, MD 

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Dean Barth's Monthly WYPR Broadcasts Focus on Well-Being of Families and Children 
Dean Richard Barth of the University of Maryland School of Social Work has a monthly broadcast on Baltimore's WYPR-FM that focuses on families and children, and the challenges they face. Continue reading.

Celebrating Children's Mental Health Awareness in May
The statewide Children's Mental Health Matters! Campaign brings together agencies, schools, nonprofits and other partners to hold dozens of educational and public awareness events during Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, May 3-9, 2015.  Now in its seventh year, the campaign -- organized by Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health (MCF) and the Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD), with support from the Behavioral Health Administration and Maryland's System of Care grants - has goals to raise public awareness of the importance of children's mental health and to help connect Maryland families with the resources they need.  Continue reading .

SAMHSA's Mental Health Awareness Day Features National Event in Washington

The year 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, which will be observed on Thursday, May 7. The day highlights the importance of positive mental health from birth. This year's Awareness Day will address the needs of children, youth, and young adults with mental health or mental health and substance use challenges and their families, with a national event on May 7, at the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, DC. The national event will highlight strategies for integrating behavioral health with primary health care, child welfare, and education.  Continue reading .


Dr. Albert Zachik Honored as Champion for Children by MHAMD


Albert Zachik, MD, Deputy Director of Children's Services at the Behavioral Health Administration, Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, was recently honored as a "Champion for Children" by the Mental Health Association of Maryland at a legislative briefing in Annapolis.  Dr. Zachik received the Paula U. Hamburger Award. In presenting the award, MHAMD Chief Executive Officer Linda Raines said that Maryland's child serving system is the envy of most states because the outlook for children from birth to adulthood has changed dramatically for the better under Dr. Zachiik's leadership. She said he has played a central role in expanding school-based services across Maryland, and forged partnerships with juvenile services and other child serving agencies to tackle longstanding problems. Continue reading. 


March was National Nutrition Month


March was National Nutrition Month, a campaign by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The theme for 2015 is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle," which encourages eating and physical activity plans that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices and getting daily exercise in order to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and promote overall health. For information on suggested activities and programs that can help children develop a healthier lifestyle, please click here

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month  

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. This year marks  the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. Click here for more information.


Children's Bureau has declared April: Financial Capability Month

The Children's Bureau has been working with other offices in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and with other federal agencies to raise awareness and develop resources to build the financial capability of the children, youth, and families served in child welfare. Financial capability and security promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families. Click here to read more.


 April is the Month of the Young Child

During the month of April, The Maryland Department of Human Resources will be promoting awareness of child safety: child abuse, child neglect and child protective services with a focus on early childhood. Click here to read more. 

Maryland Youth Advisory Council (MYAC)
In 2008, the Maryland Youth Advisory Council was established through the Maryland General Assembly to ensure that Maryland youth are given the opportunity to provide feedback and recommendations regarding public policies and programs that affect their future and to take a leadership role in creating meaningful change.  By providing testimony in Annapolis and policy recommendations, council members have the opportunity to raise their voices and share their experiences with the Governor, State legislature, State agencies, and other youth.   


The Maryland Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) is pleased announce that the application for the 2015-2016 term is now available.  Click here to access a PDF application or go online to


MD 2015 Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment Survey

Under the federal Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant, every five years, Maryland is required to conduct a statewide needs assessment of the MCH population.  As part of this needs assessment, the Prevention & Health Promotion Administration of Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is reaching out to a diverse group of individuals with interest in and knowledge of the above groups to obtain their views about top MCH priorities in Maryland.  


To read more or take the survey  click here. 

Save the Date for World Congress on Mental Health

The Clifford Beers Foundation and the University of South Carolina present the 9th World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders: Global Knowledge for Local Change, September 9-11 in Columbia, SC.  This year's conference will focus on "Global Knowledge for Local Change," with presentations organized around six strategic theme areas: School Mental Health, Positive Psychology, Integrated Health, Social and Technological Innovations, Well-being, and Underserved Populations, including strategies for action in research, policy, and practice, and emphasizing interconnections across these realms. For information, please click here.

Upcoming Events in Maryland

Upcoming National Events

The National Council for Behavioral Health Conference

April 20-22, 2015

Orlando, FL

Young Child Expo & Conference 

April 22-24, 2015

New York, NY 

CWLA National Conference

April 27-29, 2015

Arlington, VA

TA Network Offerings

Recorded webinars:


Merging Care with Control: Integrating Juvenile Justice with System of Care 


Clinical Distance Learning Series: Part 1-Autism: The DSM 5 and Diagnostic Updates  


Upcoming webinars:

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