On November 20, 2019, our Linkages to Learning Family Empowerment Institute celebrated the graduation of 43 men and women from the program. These dedicated parents completed courses and certifications that will enable them to improve their employment opportunities and their families’ financial wellbeing. Financial stability and economic opportunities alleviate family stress. When family stress decreases, children thrive – they can focus on academic endeavors , build friendships and just be kids. When parents feel empowered to set goals and supported as they strive to achieve them, amazing things can happen. This is what the Family Empowerment Institute is all about.
On November 19, 2019, ServingTogether officially launched its network in Prince George’s County in coordination with the Office of Veterans Affairs.
Many thanks to Dr. James Dula and our partners from the Institute of Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and Unite Us for supporting our efforts to bring care coordination and resource navigation to Prince George’s County, home to Maryland’s largest number of veterans, service members and their families.
Curious about how your organization fits in the ServingTogether network? Please email Jennifer Watson to learn more!
Every day, more than 200 Americans die from a drug overdose or suicide.
For too many Americans, treatment is still inaccessible – even for those with insurance.
Now more than ever there is a critical need to ensure Maryland families have access to equitable coverage for substance use disorder and mental health conditions.
The Parity Law, passed in 2008, prohibits discrimination in health insurance coverage of substance use disorder and mental health benefits. Unfortunately, the reality for consumers is that they are still too often forced to fight for the health care they need and are entitled to receive by law.
Parity at 10 is a national advocacy campaign dedicated to ensuring full enforcement of the Parity Act. Maryland is one of five states in which Parity at 10 ins focusing its advocacy efforts.
On October 24, 2019, EveryMind hosted a legislative briefing to bring this issue to light. Ellen Weber of the Legal Action Center and Laura Mitchell, an advocate for addiction and mental health parity, shared information about the Parity Act’s standards, current barriers to enforcement, strategies to improve accountability and ways in which Maryland residents and legislators can get involved on this issue. Montgomery County Councilmember, Gabe Albornoz and Maryland State Delegate for District 16, Ariana Kelly opened the briefing.
EveryMind’s Annual Staff Appreciation Picnic was held again this year at Lake Needwood on June 19, 2019. Events included yoga, hiking, board games, cornhole and a modified version of Ellen’s Game of Games! Food was provided by Cava and we had Captain Cookie and the Milk Man return again this year with dessert! Thanks to our amazing Picnic Coordinating Committee – Jen Grinnell, Kelly Danso, Diana Barney and Kelly Collins, for planning and flawlessly executing such a fun event to say thank you to the wonderfully talented, compassionate, dedicated staff who bring EveryMind’s mission to life every day!
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On May 14th, EveryMind staff, board members, elected officials and community supporters gathered at the Amp at Strathmore to celebrate the contributions made to the organization and the community by a large, diverse and immensely talented and compassionate cadre of volunteers. Without these amazing individuals, EveryMind would not be able to do all that it does. We are so appreciative of everything our volunteers do! They make a world of difference!
Once again, EveryMind is proud to partner with Katherine Meadows of KM Photography to capture this event through photos. More of Katie’s work can be found on Facebook @KatieMeadowsPhotography and on Instagram @kmeadowsphotography.
2019 Volunteer Appreciation Honorees
Robert Washington Crisis Prevention & Intervention Services
MedStar Health Linkages to Learning
Stan Seidel ServingTogether & Homeless Outreach
Altrusa Montgomery County Thrift Shop
Clare Lynch Friendly Visitor
Ken Thompson Representative Payee
Thank you to our Volunteers, Guests, Elected Officials and Supporters who made this evening so special.
EveryMind is proud to host Run for EveryMind again this year at Rockville Town Center.
We host this event every year because our mission is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness and reduce the stigma that is often associated with mental health challenges. Through Run for EveryMind, we strive to educate the community while providing an opportunity to engage in a positive, healthy activity that promotes good mental and physical health.
Your mental wellness is our mission because every mind needs care, attention and support.
EveryMind hopes you will consider being a part of our event as a runner or walker, corporate sponsor, volunteer, or financial contributor – or any combination of these options! We encourage you to form teams with friends, family, colleagues and neighbors and establish social media fundraisers to increase your overall contribution to the event.
On September 15, 2016, EveryMind board members and staff welcomed supporters, volunteers, government officials and community partners to launch their new name and a refined mission, while celebrating the continuation of a 60 year tradition of exemplary service to the DC region.