EMPOWERING MINDS MESSENGER
November 2021
This month's newsletter shares useful information about local events and resources as well as exciting agency updates.
Learn about EMRC New Programs & Services:
Outpatient Mental Health Center (OMHC) and Care Coordination for Children, Youth, and Adults
Empowering Minds Residential Rehabilitation Program (RRP) is open and accepting applications!!!
Currently Accepting Referrals!!!!
WE'RE HIRING!

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
Adoption Awareness Month
In 1976 Massachusetts governor Mike Dukakis initiated Adoption Week, an idea that grew in popularity and spread throughout the nation.
President Gerald Ford later made the first National Adoption Week proclamation, and in 1990, the week was expanded to a month due to the number of states participating and the number of events celebrating and promoting adoption.
During the month, states, communities, public and private organizations, businesses, families, and individuals celebrate adoption as a positive way to build families. Activities and observances across the nation, such as recognition dinners, public awareness and recruitment campaigns, and special events shed light on children who are in need of permanent families.



National Career Development Month
NCDA promotes career development through its annual celebration of National Career Development Month. Every November, career development professionals are encouraged to celebrate with career related activities.



International Stress Awareness Week was created in 2018 to raise awareness about stress prevention.

Anti-Bullying Awareness Week (Nov. 11-14)
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.



Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week  (Nov. 13-21)
Many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor.



International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience. This year, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is Saturday, November 20, 2021.

National Family Health History Day (Nov.25)
National Family Health History Day has been recognized since 2004 during the month of November and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Family Health History Day is celebrated on Thanksgiving. Over this holiday when families gather, the Surgeon General encourages them to discuss and record the health problems that run in their family. Sharing your family’s health history with your doctor provides an invaluable tool for your health care.




Community Resources:

Baltimore Toys for Tots
https://baltimore-md.toysfortots.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
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 HARFORD COUNTY REFERRALS

Empowering Minds Resource Center has no waitlist for our CARE COORDINATION FOR MINORS and our PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION PROGRAM in Harford County
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/
In-person Groups
Call your local EMRC office for more info! (EMRC Clients ONLY)
Baltimore City Groups
Anne Arundel County Groups
Harford County Groups
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 Tiona Davis as the Direct Service Coordinator of the month.

Empowering Minds would like to recognize Tiona Davis as DSC of the month. Tiona attention to details, dedication, and meaningful contributions demonstrate she is an asset to the organization providing the highest standard of care to individuals served. Tiona's ability to build trusting relationships with respect and empathy supporting whole health and wellness and connect individuals to their community with resources to enhance their quality of life.