MONTHLY MATTERS & NEWS
October 2018 Issue
"Lights. Camera. Auction." Set for Nov. 15 at MGM National Harbor
Join us for a spectacular dinner and fashion show event, “ Lights, Camera, Auction ,” will be held on Thursday , November 15 at the MGM National Harbor’s from 6-9pm.

This special fundraising fashion show will feature local celebrities and area officials modeling the latest business attire suits and apparel for both men and women by various designers. The event, which will announce the launching of a brand new program that assists local young men and women to prepare for entry and sustainability into the workforce, will also feature a silent auction, offering up special merchandise and services, donated by area businesses.

Lights. Camera. Auction. will be chaired by  MD State Delegate Kris Valderrama (D-Prince George’s County), who also serves on the FMGW Board of Directors. The evening’s festivities will be emceed by “ Sunni in the City ” radio host from WPGC-95.5 FM and hosted by Family Matters’ Interim President & CEO Thomas L. Johnson
FMGW Welcomes Newest Board Member: Robin Preston
Robin Preston, Senior Director at IBM Watson Health, is the newest Family Matters Board of Directors member. In her role at IBM, Mrs. Preston provides Medicaid managed care consulting, provides internal training on Medicaid topics, and serves as a coach under the Innovation Accelerator program with the Center for Medicaid Services (CMS). Mrs. Preston, a resident of Bowie, MD, also served in a variety of roles at CMS, including Acting Group Director for Intergovernmental and External Affairs; Division Director, Division of State and Stakeholder Relations; and Technical Director, Managed Care Operations. She also served as a Director with Value Options, and DC Chartered Health Plan. Welcome to the Board, Robin! 
To find out the 5 ways you can contribute to the Dresses4 Dreams Program, click below
Donation Drive Kicks Off for Dresses4Dreams / Suited4Dreams
We're gearing up for our next “D4D” event and beginning to accept donations!  Set for Friday, March 28, 2019, 3-7pm at the FMGW’s offices, our popular “Pop-Up Prom Boutique” offers low-income teens prom wear — new or gently-worn gowns or suits and accessories — at no cost! Our program provides local teens access to beautiful evening attire and make-up services — everything it takes to ensure that prom night is as memorable as possible.
 
Successful Happy Hour Held at Ben's Upstairs Last Month
We 'raised the roof' as well as some much-needed funds on September 12th at our last Networking and Fundraising Happy Hour event held at Ben's Upstairs.

Our happy hours are great ways to meet and greet fellow FMGW supporters as well as help raise monies for our cause.

Very special thanks goes out to Ben’s who bolstered our fundraising efforts by donating 10% of the proceeds earned from the event.
 
Future happy hours are being planned for the coming months. We'll keep you posted, so you won't miss out.
A Message from the Family Matters' Interim CEO
THOMAS L. JOHNSON
Expanded Telepsychiatry Access Needed in Prince George's County
As of December 2017, the state of Maryland was designated to have 59 health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) where telepsychiatry access is available. These 59 areas include a population of 1,535,876 Maryland residents. Prince George’s County is not primarily designated as a HPSA, because it is not a "rural" county. Shortages of mental health professionals in bordering and surrounding counties inevitably have an impact on community services area wide, as consumers and psychiatris ts often cross county lines -- by choice or necessity -- to fill service gaps or to seek timely services.
In the Prince George’s County Behavioral Health System Needs Assessment, Gap Analysis and Action Plan released by Health Management Associates in December 2015, this national shortage and its effects on Maryland were acknowledged in the Major Findings section. Specifically, the report shared that “we find that given the national shortage of psychiatrists, there will be a need to supplement their work through behavioral health nurse practitioners, caring for behavioral health conditions in primary care, and the use of community health workers.” This need was further expressed in organizational and provider level recommendations, which included telepsychiatry and telemedicine as a recommendation for alleviating this provider shortage.

To meet the comprehensive needs of the citizens of Prince George’s County, it is critical that solutions recognize that no individual county operates in total isolation. A view that telehealth is only required in rural counties sidesteps the reality that the telehealth demand originates not simply from consumer isolation or distance. In contrast, the demand is largely driven by the supply and demand shortfalls facing the psychiatric industry. Thus, a true solution to this challenge must embrace a more holistic perspective that views telehealth service accessibility as a statewide rather than county specific need. In addition to the need for uniform access to meet client needs, utilizing strict location designations for telehealth also places an undue burden on community providers who may operate just outside of designated areas but continue to struggle with the impact of interconnected challenges within surrounding communities. Prince George's County should be designated as a HPSA to allow full access to telepsychiatry services.