February 2022
In February we highlight Black History Month, Children's Dental Health Month, President's Day and Valentine's Day. This month's newsletter includes useful information about local events and resources as well as exciting agency updates.

Due to the rising number of Covid cases, all EMRC offices are suspending in-person services. We are working remotely and can be reached by calling one of our office locations or by email. We encourage everyone to mask up and continue to stay safe.

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.

Care Coordinator - 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
And a host of other positions
Visit our website for employment opportunities Employment
Learn about EMRC New Programs & Services:
Outpatient Mental Health Center (OMHC) and Care Coordination for Children, Youth, and Adults
Currently Accepting Referrals!!!!

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

American Heart Month
Focusing on your heart health has never been more important.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. But you can do a lot to protect your heart. Learn more about heart-healthy living.
  • Prioritizing your heart can help you avoid severe illness. People with poor cardiovascular health are also at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Learn how COVID-19 affects your heart.
  • Self-care is heart-health care. Practicing self-care can keep our hearts healthy. Being physically active, eating healthier foods, getting enough sleep, not smoking, and finding healthy ways to reduce stress can help prevent heart disease. And, when we take care of our hearts, we set an example for those around us to do the same.

International Boost Self-Esteem Month
Self-esteem, simply put, is how you feel about yourself. And while our self-esteem begins to develop in early childhood, it is not set in stone. In fact, self-esteem is ever-changing throughout your life. There may be times when your self-esteem is at an all time high, and others when it has taken an undesirable dip, perhaps due to a stressful life event or mental health struggle, like clinical depression. Everyone has the power to develop their self-esteem independent of help from others, and the benefits are significant.
  • Stop the negative talk
  • Accept your "flaws"
  • Celebrate your strengths
  • Practice self-care

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort in the United States to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. Because everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship.
Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
10 signs of an unhealthy relationship
  • Intensity
  • Possessiveness
  • Manipulation
  • Isolation
  • Sabotage
  • Belittling
  • Guilting
  • Volatility
  • Deflecting responsibility
  • Betrayal

Black History Month
Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson
The U.S. Congress, in a joint resolution of the House and Senate, designated the month of February as “National Black History Month.” The resolution authorized and requested President Ronald Reagan to issue a proclamation in observance. In 1986, the Presidential Proclamation 5443 noted that “the foremost purpose of Black History Month is to make all Americans aware of this struggle for freedom and equal opportunity.”

National School Counseling Week 2022 (#NSCW22) is Feb. 7-11, 2022, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.

Be Kinds to others!

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week)  is an annual campaign to educate the public about the realities of eating disorders and to provide hope, support, and visibility to individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDAwareness Week 2022 will take place during the week of   February 21 - February 27, 2022.
Emotional and behavioral
  • In general, behaviors and attitudes that indicate that weight loss, dieting, and control of food are becoming primary concerns
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, carbohydrates, fat grams, and dieting
  • Refusal to eat certain foods, progressing to restrictions against whole categories of food (e.g., no carbohydrates, etc.)
  • Appears uncomfortable eating around others
  • Food rituals (e.g. eats only a particular food or food group [e.g. condiments], excessive chewing, doesn’t allow foods to touch)
  • Skipping meals or taking small portions of food at regular meals
  • Any new practices with food or fad diets, including cutting out entire food groups (no sugar, no carbs, no dairy, vegetarianism/veganism)
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities
  • Frequent dieting
  • Extreme concern with body size and shape 
  • Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws in appearance
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Noticeable fluctuations in weight, both up and down
  • Stomach cramps, other non-specific gastrointestinal complaints (constipation, acid reflux, etc.)
  • Menstrual irregularities — missing periods or only having a period while on hormonal contraceptives (this is not considered a “true” period)
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Abnormal laboratory findings (anemia, low thyroid and hormone levels, low potassium, low white and red blood cell counts)
  • Dizziness, especially upon standing
  • Fainting/syncope
  • Feeling cold all the time
  • Sleep problems
  • Cuts and calluses across the top of finger joints (a result of inducing vomiting)
  • Dental problems, such as enamel erosion, cavities, and tooth sensitivity
  • Dry skin and hair, and brittle nails
  • Swelling around area of salivary glands
  • Fine hair on body (lanugo)
  • Cavities, or discoloration of teeth, from vomiting
  • Muscle weakness
  • Yellow skin (in context of eating large amounts of carrots)
  • Cold, mottled hands and feet or swelling of feet
  • Poor wound healing
  • Impaired immune functioning

World Cancer Day (Feb. 4)
Cancer is a disease which occurs when changes in a group of normal cells within the body lead to uncontrolled, abnormal growth forming a lump called a tumor; this is true of all cancers except leukemia (cancer of the blood). If left untreated, tumors can grow and spread into the surrounding normal tissue, or to other parts of the body via the bloodstream and lymphatic systems, and can affect the digestive, nervous and circulatory systems or release hormones that may affect body function.
Cancer Facts:
  • 10 million people die from cancer every year.
  • At least one third of common cancers are preventable.
  • Cancer is the second-leading cause of death worldwide.
  • 70% of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries.
  • Millions of lives could be saved each year by implementing resource appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and treatment.
  • The total annual economic cost of cancer is estimated at US$1.16 trillion.

Safer Internet Day (Feb. 9)
Over the years, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in approximately 200 countries and territories worldwide.
From cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns.

National Make a Friend Day is so important. A new friendship can open you to new experiences. Friends can help us through challenging times. They provide us with the comfort of a safe emotional space where we can be ourselves. Good friends are our biggest treasure. Make a special effort on February 11 to meet (or at least talk to) someone new. Your life could change forever.
  • Flash a smile and say "Hello"
Make a friend. In fact, try for as many as you can.
  • Revive old friendships
Out of touch with your college buddies? Has it been too long since you talked to your childhood friend? Maybe today's the day!
  • Understand that friendship is a sweet responsibility
Friendships need to be nurtured and valued. If you cherish a person, sometimes you have to work at keeping them in your life.

Community Events:
Protect Your Mental Health & Physical Health
Sat, Feb 12, 2 – 5 PM
Protect Your Mental Health & Physical Health happening at Redesigning Minds, 2735 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore, MD

Fri, Feb 25, 10 AM – 2 PM
The Health and Mental Wellness Forum event is a seminar focusing on mental health and health disparities within the Baltimore community. Mental Health: Stigma vs. Reality Fireside Chat.

February 8. 10–10:30 a.m. PGCMLS staff host virtual read-aloud programs for you to enjoy at home. Join us for stories, songs, and more! Recommended ages: 2 to 5. This week, for Black History Month, Ms. Marsha will read a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book!

February 10. 6 p.m. Learn about freedom seekers Stephen and Candis and other runaways from Maryland told through an interactive virtual tour of Freedom Bound that includes living history performances. For ages 6-10. Registration required for this virtual program with Anne Arundel County Public Library.

Community Resources:
From October 15, 2021 through April 1, 2022, the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) will provide emergency shelter to all people experiencing homelessness on nights when the temperature with wind chill reaches freezing (32 degrees and below). 
Fairfield Inn
101 S. President Street
Greenmount Recreation Center
2304 Greenmount Avenue

Hope for the Homeless Alliance Emergency Winter Shelter
Address: The Days Inn 783 W Bel Air Avenue Aberdeen, Md. 21001 and The Travelodge of Aberdeen 820 West Bel Air Avenue
Aberdeen, Md. 21001
Telephone Number: 410-340-5436 (Howard)
Contact Person(s): Howard Magness

Arundel House of Hope
514 North Crain HWY, STE K
GlenBurnie, MD 21061
410-863-4888 (Phone)

Transition Center at Prince George's House
603 Addison Road South
Capitol Heights, MD - 20743

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
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 Virtual Groups
Call your local EMRC office for more info! (EMRC Clients ONLY)
COVID-19 Safety tips
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”. 
Empowering Minds is proud to recognize Renee Scott as the Direct Service Coordinator of the month.

 Empowering Minds would like to recognize Renee Scott as DSC of the month. Renee’s motivated attitude and ability to build connections and lasting partnerships with clients effectively support clients with meeting goals. Renee is a valued member of EMRC, Renee host weekly group meeting to assist clients with developing coping skills and strategies as well as connections and community partnerships to improve the overall wellness of the individuals. EMRC would like to Shine the Spotlight on Renee Scott for being Outstanding and providing services that support our mission and organizational goals.