March 2022
In March we highlight Women's History Month and Self Harm Awareness Month. This month's newsletter includes useful information about local events and resources as well as exciting agency updates.

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 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
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
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.
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 injury, 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

American National Nutrition Month
Most health risks that are linked to produce can be eliminated with proper food preparation such as cleaning produce thoroughly.

  • Go to the farmers market early to avoid produce that has been sitting out all day.
  • Ask the supermarket produce manager if there is more produce available, if you are not satisfied with the store's selection.
  • Buy loose produce rather than packaged for more control over what you select.
  • Avoid produce with mold, bruises or cuts.
  • Select only the amount of produce that you will use within a week.
  • Purchase produce that is in season when possible. 
  • Promptly store produce that needs refrigeration.
  • Note that some fresh, whole produce does not need to be refrigerated (such as bananas or potatoes). For other produce, refrigeration may lengthen the shelf life (such as with apples or cucumbers) or prevent rapid spoilage (berries and mushrooms).
  • Refrigerate fresh produce within two hours of peeling or cutting.
  • Throw away leftover cut produce that is left at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • Discard cooked vegetables after three to four days.
  • Wash all fresh fruits and vegetables with cool tap water immediately before use.
  • Clean produce before peeling to prevent dirt and bacteria from passing from the knife onto the fruit or vegetable. Gently rub produce while holding under plain running water; no soap is needed. Scrub firm produce, such as melons or cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.
  • Cut away any damaged or bruised areas before preparing or eating. Remove and discard outer leaves of lettuce.
  • Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present.
  • Use two separate cutting boards to avoid cross-contamination, use one for raw meats and the other for fruits and vegetables. Color-coded cutting boards can help you remember which is which.
  • Cook raw sprouts (such as alfalfa, bean and clover) to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Protect Our Civil Rights
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the nation’s strongest law protecting the civil rights of people with disabilities. It prohibits discrimination based on disability and guarantees equal access to public buildings and businesses.

National Careers Week (Mar. 7-12)
National Careers Week celebrates career guidance for young people, helping them to explore different career paths that may make sense for their interests.

Sleep Awareness Week (Mar. 13-19)
Improve Your Sleep Quality – 10 Sleep Tips
  1. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, including weekends. It’s important for your body to have a regular sleeping schedule.
  2. Set a relaxing bedtime routine, such as listening to calming music, reading a book or taking a warm bath.
  3. Make sure your bedroom is cool. Your body temperature naturally decreases to initiate sleep. A bedroom temperature between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit helps promote sleep.
  4. Make sure your bedroom is quiet. Turn off noisy distractions such as a TV. Silence unwanted noise with earplugs or use “white noise,” such as from a fan, sound machine or an app.
  5. Make sure your bedroom is dark. Use blackout shade to block out unwanted light and dim the lights on your digital clock.
  6. Sleep on a mattress and pillows that are comfortable and supportive.
  7. Finish eating meals 2-3 hours before bedtime.
  8. Exercise regularly. A low-impact fitness program, like walking, swimming or yoga, is helpful for managing pain and stiffness and improving sleep.
  9. Try to limit how many caffeinated products you consume in the afternoon.
  10. Alcohol and nicotine in your body can disrupt sleep and can cause nighttime waking. For optimal sleep, skip them close to bedtime or altogether.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, or NDAFW, is an annual, week-long, health observance that inspires dialogue about the science of drug use and addiction among youth. It provides an opportunity to bring together scientists, students, educators, healthcare providers, and community partners—to help advance the science, so that we can improve the prevention and awareness of substance misuse in our own communities and nationwide. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health, and work with leading organizations, media outlets, and other Government agencies to spread the word about NDAFW.

Self-injury awareness day (SIAD) is held on March 1st of every year and is an international event that is recognized all across the globe. The entire month of March is recognized as self-injury awareness month. Self-harm can be difficult to understand and due to this, many people react in a negative or judgmental way. Raising awareness about self-harm is incredibly important as it leads to community understanding and empathy, banishing stigma and judgement and reducing the number of people who may suffer in silence. In the current times we are living in, with isolation and depression/anxiety at an all-time high due to COVID-19, it is critical to understand why people may turn to self-harm and what to do if a loved one reaches out for help.

What is self-harm?
Self-harm is usually a sign that a person is having a tough time coping with their emotions. The term self-harm encompasses a variety of behaviors that may include but are not limited to cutting, scratching, burning, picking etc. People who self-harm may do so for some of the following reasons
To help manage unbearable emotions and symptoms
To help regain a sense of feeling (for those experiencing numbness)
To help relieve stress and pressure
To help feel in control
To reenact a trauma in an attempt to resolve it
To protect others from emotional pain

On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS calls on countries to examine discriminatory provisions in their laws and policies and make positive changes to ensure equality, inclusion and protection.
On Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS recalls the equal dignity and worth of every person, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is calling for action to change discriminatory laws and practices, which are a significant barrier for access to health and other services.

Women’s empowerment promotes a sense of self-worth, an ability to determine one's own choices, and a right to influence change.

World Down Syndrome Day (Mar. 21)
Down syndrome (or Trisomy 21) is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Mar.21)
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid "pass laws" in 1960.
In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a program of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination. On that occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.
Since then, the apartheid system in South Africa has been dismantled. Racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries, and we have built an international framework for fighting racism, guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

World Bipolar Day (Mar. 30)
The vision of World Bipolar Day (WBD) is to bring world awareness to bipolar conditions and to eliminate social stigma. Through international collaboration, the goal of WBD is to bring the world population information about bipolar conditions that will educate and improve sensitivity towards the condition.
WBD is celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having a bipolar condition.
WBD is an initiative of International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) in collaboration with the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD) and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD).
For those living with bipolar disorder, World Bipolar Day offers an opportunity to connect with others as well as assistance in gaining access to valuable resources and relationships that can improve their lives through treatment.

Community 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
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 Alachiae Keesee as the Direct Service Coordinator of the month.

Empowering Minds would like to recognize Alachiae Keesee as DSC of the month. Alachiae is determined to bring about change and stability with individuals and families she works with while building partnerships to improve the wellness of these individuals. Alachiae understands and acknowledges individual preferences as priority when researching community services that support the goals and needs throughout this working relationship and increase stability in the community. Alachiae follows the mission of EMRC to provides quality services and connect to resources that improve the health and wellness of the whole person; mentally, physically and socially. Empowering Minds Resource Center is proud to acknowledge Alachiae as an advocate for mental health dedicated to providing quality service and care for individuals living in their communities seeking services with EMRC.