EMPOWERING MINDS NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2023

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



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 December we highlight the following:



Month



National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month 


Seasonal Depression Awareness Month


Day


World AIDS Day (Dec. 1)


International Day of Persons With Disabilities (Dec. 3)


Human Rights Day (Dec. 10)



Stress Management Tips December 2023

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


JOIN EMRC TODAY

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

December is a mix of things to celebrate and be informed about.

In December we celebrate seasonal depression due to the holidays and human rights.


December is Stress-Free Family Holidays Month


For many, the winter holidays can be the most stressful time of the year. The pressures to keep up with social occasions and make others happy can lead to physical and mental exhaustion. Here are some simple ideas for cutting holiday stress.


  • Don’t seek perfection. People often maintain an idealized image of how the holidays should be. However, everything about your holiday season doesn’t have to be perfect or just like last year.
  • Simplify wherever possible. Be realistic about what you can do during the holidays. Eliminate some tasks or social functions so that you have more time to enjoy the people you value most.
  • Avoid social media. Others posting images of lavish dinners and perfect parties can lead us to feel we’re not measuring up.4.Continue your workout routines. Exercise helps bust stress and burn off calories that accumulate so quickly at this time of year.

 

Throughout the entire month of December, there are a number of nationally recognized themes that you can help promote, including:

  • National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3)


This month, Stamp Out Stigma is taking the opportunity to bring more awareness around how the holidays affect us. We will be highlighting the importance of knowing the warning signs of mental health conditions and how to manage stress during the holiday season, as well as share resources and tips on how to start the conversation if you’re worried about a loved one. Throughout December, we encourage family, friends, and loved ones to learn more about mental illness and what resources are available to help those find treatment. Here are some important facts you should know:


  • Nearly half of Americans report sometimes or always feeling alone (46 percent) or left out (47 percent).
  • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year.
  • Many factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and excessive commitments can cause stress and anxiety at holiday time.
  • 64 percent of people say their mental health stress level increases exponentially around this time of year.
  • Headaches, excessive drinking, overeating, and insomnia are some of the possible consequences of poorly managed holiday stress.



Remember, mental illness does not discriminate. Join us to help bring attention to the importance of sharing mental health stories and help improve the lives of millions of Americans living with a mental illness.








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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”. 



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