mental health

November 16, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council Wants to Allocate $252 Million in Federal Funds for Schools

Montgomery County Council will hold a public hearing Nov. 30 on a special appropriation of $252 million in federal funding to hire new teachers and social workers, allow more students to attend summer school, and improve the district’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. Councilmembers unanimously agreed to move forward with accepting a special appropriation […]

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November 10, 2021 | Andrea Sarralde

Albornoz: ‘Our Students are Hurting Right Now’

This week violent incidents were reported on public schools’ premises, most recently the arrest of a 16-year-old student at Montgomery Blair High School. The arrest occurred after the stabbing of another student in the school parking lot. Council Vice-president Gabe Albornoz talked to MyMCM about the importance of ensuring safety and security for the students […]

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November 8, 2021 | Ceoli Jacoby

MCPS Marks Mental Health Awareness Week

This week Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association hosts a virtual expo in honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, according to an Oct. 20 MCPS Bulletin. The free expo aims to put students and families in touch with mental health experts who can provide information on topics pertinent to school-aged children — such as vaping, social […]

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September 23, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Community Mental Health Providers Say Staffing is a Challenge 

Community and nonprofit mental health organizations in Montgomery County say hiring diverse professionals is a challenge. The county council’s Education and Culture and Health and Human Services committees heard from several organizations during a virtual meeting Thursday. Jose Hernández, a bilingual psychotherapist for the nonprofit Affiliated Sante Group, said barriers include a shortage of licensed […]

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September 9, 2021 | Fran Murphy

A 9/11 Family Member Tells His Story of Survival

Eleven Montgomery County residents lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. All of them perished when American Airlines #77 hit the Pentagon. Michele Heidenberger was on board working as a senior flight attendant. Her husband, Tom Heidenberger of Chevy Chase, still mourns her loss as he reflects on the 20 years […]

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August 30, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Leaders Focused on Mental Health Needs as Students Return to School

Monday was the first day of school for nearly 160,000 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students. MCPS is beginning the new academic year with in-person instruction five-days-a-week after 18 months of virtual and phased in-person learning due to COVID-19. While students live through a pandemic, leaders want to make sure they are supporting their mental […]

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August 10, 2021 | Michelle Queen

County Hosts Conversation on Mobile Mental Health Crisis Intervention Services

The next session in the county’s virtual series of conversations about mental health takes place Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and no registration is required. Join the conversation on Teams Live at or view it live on the County Cable Montgomery and the County’s Facebook page. […]

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August 5, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Olympian Swimmer from Chevy Chase Talks Mental Health and Athletes

Phoebe Bacon, a U.S. Olympic swimmer from Chevy Chase, spoke to MyMCM about the conversations around mental health and athletes. Bacon expressed support for U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, who dropped out of several events in Tokyo, after she unexpectedly started struggling with her spacial awareness when competing in the air. Related Post: Olympian Phoebe […]

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July 7, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich to Discuss Preliminary Police Audit Report at Virtual Community Meeting Wednesday

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich will discuss a recently-released preliminary audit report of the county police department (MCPD) during a virtual community forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Elrich will discuss recommendations from the report, released June 30, as well as other reimagining public safety implementation updates. He commissioned the independent audit as part of the […]

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June 24, 2021 | Madelyn Willoughby

County to Host Virtual Addiction Conversation June 30

A free online session about addiction will be open to the public on Wednesday, June 30 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health and Crisis Services team staff will use the meeting to talk about addiction signs, symptoms, treatments and services, according to a press release from […]

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