MARCH 2024

Learn about EMRC New Programs & Services:

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


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.


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

The OMHC is accepting new referrals for Harford Co, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, and Prince George's County. Make a referral today, no wait list.

In March we highlight the following:


Self Harm Awareness Month

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Women's History Month

National Nutrition Month


Sleep Awareness Week (Mar. 1-7)

Brain Awareness Week (Mar. 11 - 17)

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (Mar. 30-Apr. 5)

World Autism Awareness Week (Mar. 30-Apr. 5)


Self-Injury Awareness Day (Mar. 1)

Zero Discrimination Day (Mar. 1)

World Teen Mental Wellness Day (Mar. 2)

Kick Butts Day (Mar. 18)

World Down Syndrome Day (Mar. 21)

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Mar. 21)

World Bipolar Day (Mar. 30) 

EMRC Tips for the Month of March 2024

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


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

March is a mix of things to highlight and be informed about to include Women's History Month and Self- Harm Awareness Month. In addition to World Down Syndrome Day and World Bipolar Day. Below we go into further detail to discuss March offerings:

Self-Harm Awareness Month

Self-injury or self-harm is a response to severe emotional distress. Intentional, non-suicidal injuries are a way for a person to mirror psychological pain with physical pain.

In some cases, the physical injury has a temporary calming effect and, in others, a self-inflicted wound is a means of “feeling something” to combat emotional numbness.

For more than a decade, March has been designated Self-injury Awareness Month and is promoted by organizations like LifeSIGNS and the Self-Injury Foundation.

How Common is Self-Harm?

Despite the seemingly fringe aspect of this condition, it’s much more common than most people realize. Among teenagers, an estimated 15 percent will experience some form of self-injury. The number drops to 4 percent among adults. The most common forms of self-harm include:

  • Skin cutting 70% to 90%
  • Head banging or hitting 21% to 44%
  • Flesh burning 15% to 35%

Perhaps one reason for the lack of awareness around the condition of self-harm is that a person can easily hide or explain away their injuries.

What Are the Signs of Self-Injury?

For family and friends, especially those who have loved ones suffering some type of mental illness, it’s important to watch for signs and patterns of self-injury. These might include:

  • Arms, legs or other parts of the body that show signs of consistent injuries, such as scabs, bruises, burns and cuts
  • Overdressing in particularly warm weather, wearing, for example, coats, long sleeve shirts or pants
  • Repeatedly making excuses for why or how they got injured
  • Avoidance, isolation and withdrawal from activities and relationships they previously enjoyed

The overwhelming majority of self-injury cases – some 90 percent – begin in adolescence. While the condition brings temporary relief for a person suffering, it carries a lot of shame and stigma.

Many people who self-harm are labeled attention seekers. This only serves to alienate and isolate them further. In other cases, family or friends might be in denial about the problem and still find themselves hiding sharp objects, such as kitchen knives, from their loved one.

Dr. Marsha Linehan, who was institutionalized at the age of 17 for extreme social withdrawal and severe self-harm, didn’t start sharing her experience until she was in her 60s.

Linehan now helps others and recalls for the New York Times that painful period in her life. “I felt totally empty, like the Tin Man; I had no way to communicate what was going on or understand it.”

Don’t Judge – Stay Supportive

When helping a person through the trauma of self-injury, listen, don’t judge or act disgusted. Stay supportive and proactive, drive them to a counselor’s appointment or visit them in treatment when appropriate. Take the opportunity to educate yourself about the condition and the underlying causes that often lead to it.

Self-injury Awareness Month is a chance to set aside stigma, understand the problem and be open about mental health and recovery. Far too many people suffer needlessly because they’re afraid of being judged.

Teenagers are especially vulnerable and often believe they’re the only ones in the world coping with these issues. But with treatment and support, self-injury can move from the present to the past.

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

In 1987, President Reagan recognized March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to increase “public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities” and to provide the “encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developmental disabilities are defined as impairments in physical, learning, language or behavior areas, and include:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Learning or intellectual disabilities
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision impairment
  • Other developmental delays

Through a campaign each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) join forces to highlight the ways in which people with and without disabilities unite to form strong communities.

Throughout the campaign, individuals with and without disabilities will share their experiences through stories, photos and videos. This year’s campaign also highlights artwork created by individuals with disabilities and is featured in the Developmental Disabilities Awareness campaign imagery. Resources (toolkits, photos, videos, promising practices) will be shared with a national audience.

National Disability Institute encourages you to support the NACDD campaign by using the hashtag #DDawareness19 on Facebook and Twitter.

World Autism Awareness Week (Mar. 30-Apr. 5)

Autism Acceptance Week is held during the week coinciding with Autism Acceptance Day. This year, it takes place from to . Autism, aka Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), affects mental, behavioral, and social development. The degree to which autism impacts an individual is unique to them since each person’s circumstances are unique. Symptoms appear as early as the first 12 months of life and can last throughout life. Many people with autism can have their symptoms and quality of life improved over time due to strong support networks and coping mechanisms and routines that work for them.

Autism Acceptance Week first started as Autism Awareness Week back in 2007 when it was first held. That was in conjunction with the first World Autism Acceptance Day, which fell on April 2. It happened in a time of great need for more awareness of autism and what it means. Before autism became as understood and recognized as it is today, many misconceptions surrounded it. When autism was first coined as a medical term in 1911 by Paul Eugen Bleuler, it was used in reference to what was believed to be the childhood or infantile version of schizophrenia.

Over the years, our understanding grew deeper as medical professionals realized that autism was a neurodevelopmental condition that was completely separate from schizophrenia. Everyone needed to know, whether they were on the spectrum or not. After more than a decade of efforts focused on increasing awareness and education, there has been a recent shift toward focusing on acceptance and equality regarding autism. Therefore, the name has recently changed to better reflect this agenda.

This Week is a global chance to raise awareness of autism and fundraise for charities that support the cause. More importantly, the Week is spent advocating for the acceptance of autism and those who fall into the spectrum. Fundraisers, seminars, and supportive displays are common ways people keep to the spirit of the Week.


Support those with autism

People with autism are still there after the Week concludes. Make an everyday effort, however small, to understand people who think and live differently from you.

Educate yourself

Take the opportunity to attend one of the many talks hosted by autism-based organizations during the Week or even learn on your own. Understanding autism and autistic people go a long way toward making a difference.

Fundraise for your locals

Take part in an online or in-person fundraising event like a quiz or marathon and help to raise funds for your local organization that seeks to support or research autism. Your support can be as simple as taking part in the event or volunteering to help run it.


Community Resources:

Utilize this website for the following resources


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


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


Baltimore- Our Daily Bread Employment Center

725 Fallsway, Baltimore City


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


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


PG CO- People Ready 5814 Baltimore Ave.

Hyattsville, Maryland 20781 (301)277-2172

AA CO- AmeriCorps (800) 942-2677


Beans and Bread

402 South Bond St., Baltimore City


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


Provides assistance with birth certificate and ID cards applications

Employment Assistance


Downtown One Stop Career Center

1100 North Eutaw St., Room 101, Baltimore City


Eastside One-Stop Career Center

3001 East Madison St., Baltimore City


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


Manna House

435 E. 25th St., Baltimore City


Franciscan Center

101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore City



2828 Loch Raven Rd., Baltimore City


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 In-person Groups

Call your local EMRC office for more info!

(EMRC Clients ONLY, Accepting Referrals)

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,


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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