EMPOWERING MINDS NEWSLETTER

JULY 2024

Learn about EMRC New Programs & Services:

Outpatient Mental Health Center (OMHC) and Care Coordination for Children, Youth, and Adults

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Empowering Minds Resource Center is proud to announce there is currently NO WAIT LIST at the agency. We work hard everyday to ensure referrals are quickly processed and clients are engaged by our staff and partnered therapists immediately. We are ready, willing and able to accept new clients TODAY.

NOW ACCEPTING REFERRALS


Empowering Minds Resource Center has no waitlist for our CARE COORDINATION FOR MINORS and our PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION PROGRAM in Harford County

Make a referral today

In July we highlight the following:



Month


Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 



Day



World Day Against Trafficking Persons (Jul. 30)




EMRC Tips for the Month of July 2024

Empowering Minds is looking to add some new members to our wonderful team. Check out the link below for more information!


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Licensed Mental Health Therapist- Full time


Empowering Minds Resource Center is seeking a licensed clinician to provide therapeutic services to children and families in the Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford County areas. This individual will be responsible for providing clinical assessment/diagnostic and follow-up individual and group therapy. He/she will develop and monitor treatment plans and client progress, document significant interactions, and maintain clinical charts and other reporting data. The candidate should have the ability to work with a diverse client population in a variety of treatment approaches.


Minimum Qualifications: 

Must possess active master level license (LMSW, LGPC, LCSW, LCSW-C, LCPC) in Maryland; and 1 year of comparable experience. Polished communication skills.


***$5000 sign on bonus w/2 year employment commitment***


Licensed Mental Health Therapist


Licensed Mental Health Therapist - Part Time


Baltimore, Glen Burnie and Edgewood locations (Telehealth is available)

Empowering Minds Resource Center is seeking a licensed clinician to provide therapeutic services to children and families in the Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford County areas. This individual will be responsible for providing clinical assessment/diagnostic and follow-up individual and group therapy. He/she will develop and monitor treatment plans and client progress, document significant interactions, and maintain clinical charts and other reporting data. The candidate should have the ability to work with a diverse client population in a variety of treatment approaches.

Minimum Qualifications: Must possess active master level license (LMSW, LGPC, LCSW, LCSW-C, LCPC) in Maryland; and 1 year of comparable experience. Polished communication skills.


Case Manager - Baltimore, Harford and Prince Georges locations



 Job Summary:

· Provide targeted mental health case management for youth with serious emotional disturbances and co-occurring disorders

· Meet with enrolled and potential clients and their families to create a Plan of Care

· Conduct comprehensive assessments and other assessments as required by DHMH

· Coordinate and facilitate Family Team Meetings

· Provide management of the POCs

· Collect information during the application process and as identified in each POC

· Identify providers, supports, and resources for clients

· Coordinate meetings with client and family to (a) meet with providers to ensure goodness of fit for proposed services and products in compliance with the POC (b) meet with family peer-to- peer support, intensive in-home service, mobile crisis response service, and other providers appropriate to the POC

· Maintain client clinical documentation using EHR

· Provide on-call services as scheduled

· Promptly respond to client crises

· Provide case management for client open-access as scheduled.

· Facilitate groups




The Direct Service Coordinator (DSC) assists clients with mental illness in reaching a higher level of independence and integration within their community. The DSC is an advocate who support clients in accessing and coordinating benefits, services and community-based resources.

  • Monitor each client during in-person visits of 30-45 minutes for a minimum of three visits (for children & adolescents) and six visits (for adults) per month and document any changes in the client's emotional, psychological, or physical health
  • Document monthly all client contact, interaction, interventions and goal achievement, including dates, locations, and types of contact 
  • Work cooperatively with family and other involved professionals to coordinate services with other agencies and programs in the best interest of the client
  • Research and provide the client with community-based resources as needed to meet the client's needs and encourage progress toward personal goals
  • Facilitate client participation in weekly EMRC group meetings to encourage peer socialization and development of coping strategies/techniques


Community Outreach Coordinator


Empowering Minds Resource Center is seeking to extend resources to local facilities and is looking for an entry level Part Time Community Resource Coordinators to work within the community and residence facilities to promote EMRC services, engage potential new clients, obtain referrals, and complete client intake assessments.



Job Duties:

  • Coordinate community information sessions; promote EMRC services, including maintaining attendee lists and preparing materials.
  • Assist with the client referral process
  • Completes client intake assessment
  • Prepare and distribute correspondence via email, postal mailings, and direct person to person contact.
  • Other general outreach-based work as needed.


And a host of other positions
Visit our website for employment opportunities Employment

July is a mix of things to highlight and be informed about to include Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and World Day Against Trafficking Persons Below we go into further detail to discuss July offerings:


Minority Mental Health Awareness Month


Not to be confused with Minority Health Awareness Month, July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, an event dedicated specifically to mental health in demographics that may be considered minorities. It has been observed since 2008, and it exists to raise awareness for disparities in care, mental health statistics, and suicide prevention. 



July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a time to bring awareness to the unique challenges that racial and ethnic minorities in the United States face when it comes to mental illness. In 2020, fewer than one in every two African American adults got care for mental health. In 2018, Asian Americans were 60 percent less likely to receive mental health treatment than non-Hispanic Whites. Obstacles for many include a lack of health insurance, less access to treatment, and stigma.


Mental illness can affect women of all races and ethnicities. Show your support this month and beyond by learning more about mental health. You can also use and share the resources below to help spread awareness about mental health in your communities and families. 


What Is Mental Health?


Mental health includes emotional, mental, and social well-being. Mental health impacts how a person thinks and feels. It also affects how you act, manage stress, and make choices. When you take care of your mental health, you are better able to cope with stress or challenges. 


Sometimes it can be hard to manage your mental health. If you have noticed a change in thoughts, behaviors, or moods that disrupts your life, talk to your health care provider. You can also contact a mental health specialist or a trusted loved one for help if you have noticed these changes in yourself or in a loved one. 


What Causes Mental Illness?


There is no single cause for mental illness. Multiple mental illnesses can occur at the same time and at random. They can also last for a short or long period of time.  


Your mental health can change at any point. Some risk factors that can play a role in developing mental illness include:


Use of alcohol or drugs

Feeling lonely or isolated

Biological factors or chemical imbalances in the brain

Adverse childhood experiences, like child abuse or sexual assault

Experiences tied to ongoing medical conditions, like cancer or diabetes

Symptoms of a Mental Illness

Most of the same mental illnesses can develop in both men and women. However, women may have more distinct symptoms.


Some common symptoms can include:


Pulling away from people and usual activities

Appetite or weight changes

Ongoing sadness or feelings of hopelessness

Intense changes in eating or sleeping habits

Clear changes in mood, energy level, or appetite

Mental Illnesses Common to Women

Having a mental illness is more common than most people may think. At least one in five women in the United States has had a mental illness at some point. Those that are common in women include depression and anxiety. Postpartum depression can develop after giving birth. 


Anxiety Disorders in Women 


While they can happen to anyone, anxiety disorders are twice as likely to occur in women than men. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or fear about an event or situation. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and helps you cope. But when it gets hard to control and affects day-to-day life, it can be disabling. Anxiety disorders happen when extreme anxiety affects your daily activities, such as going to work or school or spending time with friends and family. 


Signs of an anxiety disorder include anxious thoughts or feelings of dread. The symptoms can keep you from living as you normally would.


Depression in Women


Studies show that about 1 in 10 women in the United States reported symptoms that suggest they experienced an episode of major depression in the last year, and women are nearly twice as likely as men to have had depression. It is normal to feel sad at times. However, depression can cause people to feel sad on most days. This can affect your daily life and how you engage with your loved ones.

Certain types of depression are unique to women and can occur at different stages of a woman’s life. Pregnancy, the postpartum period, perimenopause, and the menstrual cycle are all associated with physical and hormonal changes that could impact your mental health. If you have depression and get pregnant, your depression may get worse during pregnancy.  


There are many signs of depression. A few of them include feeling sad, hopeless, or tired most of the time. Speak with your health care provider if you have noticed signs of depression. You can discuss next steps and treatment options with your health care provider. 


More Than Just the Baby Blues: Postpartum Depression  


It is normal for some women to feel sad or have no emotion after giving birth. But if such feelings last more than two weeks, you may have postpartum depression. This can happen up to a year after giving birth. Once you give birth, your hormone levels quickly drop back to normal. The decrease can be sudden and extreme, which can lead to this condition. 


Postpartum depression is not a normal part of life after giving birth. If you notice signs of this condition, speak to your health care provider. You can also call the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline. It offers free and confidential support for new mothers. Call or text the hotline at 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262). 


Managing Your Mental Health 


Many parts of daily life can impact your mood and mental health. They can include stress, your physical health, or the regular demands of life. But you can improve your quality of life when you take charge of your mental health.


Here are a few ways to manage your mental health overall:


Get enough sleep each night (at least 7 hours)

Engage in healthy habits, like exercising and eating well

Stick to a treatment plan given by your health care provider

Find a support group and seek out your health care provider for support 


Today, good mental health is achievable thanks to many forms of support. Share the resources in this blog to spread awareness of the importance of good mental health and to help ensure that everyone has equal access to the mental health resources they need. You can also use the blog as a source to find tools to help you manage your mental health. Together, we can all do our part to support better mental health for ourselves and others.



World Day Against Trafficking Persons



Globally, one in three victims of human trafficking is a child, and the majority of these trafficked children are girls.


According to the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons (GLOTIP) by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), children are twice as likely as adults to face violence during trafficking.


The proliferation of online platforms poses additional risks, as children often connect to these sites without adequate safeguards.


Children are subjected to various forms of trafficking, including forced labor, crime, begging, illegal adoption, sexual abuse and the online dissemination of abusive images, and some are also recruited into armed groups.


The reasons for child trafficking are also numerous. Some of the most prominent are: poverty, insufficient support for unaccompanied minors in the face of increasing migration and refugee flows, armed conflicts, dysfunctional families, and lack of parental care.


To date, the fight against child trafficking has not been effective. There is an urgent need to take comprehensive measures to protect vulnerable groups and help child victims. This requires joint efforts at national and international level.

States must prioritize the protection of children, strengthen laws, improve law enforcement and provide more resources to combat child trafficking.


Preventive measures should focus on addressing root causes such as poverty and inequality. Particular attention should be paid to the trafficking of unaccompanied refugee minors. It is important to strengthen child protection networks and adapt criminal law to better meet the needs of children.


This year, we observe the 10th World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This year’s campaign focuses on raising awareness of the causes and vulnerabilities associated with human trafficking. It emphasizes the critical need for dedicated support for child victims of trafficking and urges the public and policymakers to address the current shortcomings and accelerate action to #EndHumanTrafficking.


Sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery…


Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. UNODC, as guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the Protocols thereto, assists States in their efforts to implement the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons (Trafficking in Persons Protocol).


The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.


The World Day against Trafficking in Persons was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/68/192.




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Community Resources:

Utilize this website for the following resources

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/










Visit FoundinFaithMD.org/get-help/apply/

to apply to the Fresh Start Furniture Program TODAY!

If you do not have computer access, please call 443-519-2464 ext. 2

ALL FURNITURE REQUESTS ARE SCHEDULED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY


If you need immediate help finding shelter or a place to eat, call 211.


Meals


Baltimore- Our Daily Bread Employment Center

725 Fallsway, Baltimore City

443-986-9000



PG CO- Bethel House 301-372-1700 & Salvation Army of Prince George’s County Food Pantry 301-277-6103


AA CO- Anne Arundel County Food Access WARM Line 410- 222- 3663 &

Anne Arundel County Food Bank

120 Marbury Drive Crownsville, MD 21032


Harford CO- Breathe 379, 2124 Nuttal Ave. Edgewood. Groceries, prepared food, clothes.

& EPICENTER, EPICENTER at Edgewood, 1918 Pulaski Hwy, Edgewood. 443.981.3742.



Mental Health Assistance


National Alliance for Mental Illness


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  

Call 24/7: 1-800-273-8255


Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.

Call 24/7: 410-433-5175 if you or someone you know needs help with a mental health crisis


Legal Services


Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP)

201 N. Charles St., Suite 1104, Baltimore City

410-685-6589 / 800-773-4340

Provides free legal aid to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness


Maryland Legal Aid

500 E. Lexington St., Baltimore City

410-951-7777

Provides a full range of free civil legal services to financially eligible individuals, with a focus on legal issues concerning elder rights, employment, family, public benefits, health care and housing


Reentry Services


Assists prisoners, ex-prisoners and others in need become independent, responsible citizens through civil legal assistance and re-entry services


Baltimore- Alternative Directions

2505 N. Charles St., Baltimore City

410-889-5072


PG CO- People Ready 5814 Baltimore Ave.

Hyattsville, Maryland 20781 (301)277-2172


AA CO- AmeriCorps (800) 942-2677



Identification


Beans and Bread

402 South Bond St., Baltimore City

410-732-1892

ID cards and birth certificates available on the first business day of the month to the first 5 to 10 people who arrive


Manna House

435 East 25th St., Baltimore

410-889-3001

Provides assistance with birth certificate and ID cards applications


Employment Assistance


ONE STOP CAREER CENTERS

Downtown One Stop Career Center

1100 North Eutaw St., Room 101, Baltimore City

410-767-2148


Eastside One-Stop Career Center

3001 East Madison St., Baltimore City

410-396-9030

Provides assistance with job search strategies, employment referrals and placement and other workforce services; offers access to copiers, faxes and phones


Northwest American Job Center (Re-entry Center)

Mondawmin Mall, Suite 302

2401 Liberty Heights Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21215

Telephone: 410-396-7873



DROP-IN CENTERS


Manna House

435 E. 25th St., Baltimore City

410-889-3001


Franciscan Center

101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore City

410-467-5340


H.O.P.E.

2828 Loch Raven Rd., Baltimore City

410-327-5830

Provides clothing, communication, laundry, food, recreation and showers


** For any other region specific info email socialmedia@emrcgroup.org **



Empowering Minds has partnered with the Salvation Army, location to provide hot meals in Baltimore City to the homeless. We recognize a need to provide support services and meet the needs of our struggling community. As the weather changes we are asking for donations to purchase socks and blankets. We appreciate all donation. https://www.emrcgroup.org/make-a-donation/

EMRC IS CARF ACCREDITED



EMRC In-person Groups


Call your local EMRC office for more info!

(EMRC Clients ONLY, Accepting Referrals)

Groups
Be Safe is an app that enables people at risk of overdose to anonymously connect with remote support. This could be a useful tool to help people who use drugs reduce the risk of overdose when they are using alone.
 
The organization, Brave, that developed the app are based in Vancouver. However, supports are available in the United States. To join the Maryland Public Community in the app, use the join code “Maryland”. 

To Whom It May all Concern,



At Empowering Minds, we value your feedback. That’s why we would like to invite you to participate in a short survey about your recent experience. 


Click on the link below to share your opinion. 

Link to the survey: EMRC Satisfaction Survey


You will be directed to the survey by clicking on the link, and it will only take a few minutes to complete.


We appreciate your time and effort in providing us with this valuable feedback.


Thank you for choosing EMRC and for your ongoing support. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Warm regards,

EMRC

Empowering Minds has been awarded been awarded a contract BCDSS Wellness Program for Children in Out-of-Home Care with Baltimore City Department of Social Services.


Providing therapy and management in-office, telehealth, and in community services throughout surrounding counties. 

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