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September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month raises awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies. Check these preparedness tips and sign up for Alert Montgomery. Alert Montgomery is the official emergency communications service for Montgomery County, MD. During a major crisis, emergency or severe weather event, Montgomery County officials can send event updates, warnings and instructions directly to you on any of your devices.

In 2021, FEMA’s Ready Campaign and the Ad Council broke ground by producing the first-ever national preparedness campaign specifically targeting the Latino community for National Preparedness Month. Released during Hispanic Heritage month, the advertisements centered around the Latino community’s commitment to personal planning for occasions and family milestones as a bridge to also planning for disasters.

This one-of-a-kind campaign is committed to putting people first and reaching communities where they are. To continue these efforts, this year’s National Preparedness Month campaign will feature a call to action for the Black and African American community.

v This year’s national public service announcements are being developed and will be released throughout the country this September, to help get preparedness information into the hands of those who live in underserved communities.

2022 Theme: A Lasting Legacy

Bereavement Support Programs and Resources for Parents Experiencing Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Loss

Bereavement Support Programs and Resources for Parents Experiencing Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Loss

If you or someone you know has experienced a loss from miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss, you can receive support through the Improved Pregnancy Outcomes Program. They have put together this list of Resources for Parents Experiencing Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Loss. Updated September 2022, bereavement counseling and related services included here do not imply endorsement by the Montgomery County, MD Department of Health and Human Services or the Improved Pregnancy Outcomes Program.

You can see individidual programs here: Programs for those Affected by Perinatal Loss

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations 2022

We celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. The theme for 2022 is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.”

The reason Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is because September 15 is significant to a number of Latin American countries. It is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua

You can find news, information and celebrations on the website for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

For local activities, Check the Collaboration Council website for events related to this celebration.

County Executive Elrich kicked-off Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 15 by issuing a proclamation to recognize the special month. The proclamation presentation video can be viewed here

Announcing Request for Proposals # 2023-77 Care Coordination Services using the Wraparound Approach

Request for Proposals # 2023-77 Care Coordination Services using the Wraparound Approach  

Proposals # 2023-77

Care Coordination Services using the Wraparound Approach

Issue Date: September 7, 2022

Questions submitted in writing by September 19, 2022

Deadline for Submission of Proposals: October 7, 2022 5:00 p.m.

No submissions will be accepted after this date and time, 2022

OPEN SOLICITATION #2022-75

Purpose of Solicitation:

 

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council is seeking a qualified vendor to

1) deliver care coordination services to families in the County that maintain high fidelity to the wraparound philosophy and;

2) to develop and maintain a network of service providers to deliver community-based interventions for eligible youth.

Preproposal Conference Dates:

September 22, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm

September 23 ,2022, 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Offerors may choose to come to one or both.

All questions (either live or pre-submitted) will be answered at the conferences. Sessions will be recorded and the recording will be shared upon request.

Link for pre-proposal conferences can be attained by emailing meredith.bowers@collaborationcouncil.org with the subject heading: RFP Preproposal Conference Link

Click here for the full RFP

Getting a COVID-19 updated booster shot

Getting a COVID-19 updated booster shot

 

Last week, the FDA and CDC approved new Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 bivalent boosters that are specifically tailored to combat the two most prevalent omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5. Beginning  September 7, the vaccines are widely available in the DMV.

 

The bivalent vaccines can only be used as a booster shot at least two months after the completion of the primary series – or initial required shots – or following a previous booster shot. The Pfizer bivalent vaccine is authorized for those 12 years of age and older. The Moderna bivalent vaccine is authorized for use in people 18 years of age and older. More.

  You can get an updated booster at any of the Montgomery County-sponsored clinics or at a private provider, such as a Giant or CVS pharmacy. Appointments are recommended, especially at county clinics. The federal vaccines.gov site provides information on pharmacies and other providers that have available booster appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Also see Maryland’s vaccine locator.  

For those concerned about mRNA used in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, Novavax offers an alternative. It’s a traditional protein-based vaccine and does not use mRNA. People aged 12 and over who have not completed another primary COVID-19 vaccine series are eligible for Novavax, which is administered in two doses three week apart.  

The county offers Novavax vaccines at its clinics by appointment only. Call the county’s COVID-19 call center at 240-777-2982 to request appointments or make an appointment online.

Montgomery Connects – Computer For You Free Computers for Residents

Montgomery County is providing 40,000 Chromebook computers to residents who do not have a computer. Eventbrite is being used to create appointment tickets to manage computer pick-ups.  Every person receiving a computer:
  • Must have an individual appointment to pick-up a computer (appointments are released Sundays at 2:00 pm);
  • MUST APPEAR IN PERSON and show photo ID to pick up the computer;
  • Must have a have a County library card number to create an appointment.
  • Must be a Montgomery County resident at least 7 years old.
  • Must be  able to honestly certify you would not have access to a computer if the County did not provide you one.
There is a limit of one computer per person.  You do not need to be a U.S. Citizen to receive a computer but you must be a Montgomery County resident.  EVERY PERSON, INCLUDING CHILDREN, MUST HAVE THEIR OWN APPOINTMENT AND APPEAR ON THEIR APPOINTMENT DAY IN PERSON WITH ID TO RECEIVE A COMPUTER (For Example:  If a parent wants a computer for the parent and two computers for two children, the parent must make 3 appointments and bring the two children with ID to receive the computers.  If you make an appointment for June 21, you cannot show up on a different day.)  The same person may not register at multiple locations to receive more than 1 total computer.  If all appointments are sold out, new appointments will be released on Sundays at 2pm.  4 to 5 events will be hosted every week through October 2022.  If you need additional information, please read below and then contact us at montgomeryconnects@montgomerycountymd.gov if you still have questions.  Do not use this email to request a computer – click on an available date below under Make Appointment for Computer and complete the Eventbrite to book an appointment.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988 immediately.  In Maryland, you can also call 211 press 1 or text 898-211 to be connected to crisis services.
According to the CDC suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, with 45,979 deaths in 2020. This is about one death every 11 minutes. The number of people who think about or attempt suicide is even higher. In 2020, an estimated 12.2 million American adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.2 million planned a suicide attempt, and 1.2 million attempted suicide.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

    988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022.

  • EveryMind Crisis Prevention and Intervention specialists are available by phone, text and chat every hour of every day, and knowing that will save lives. The community can also look to EveryMind for mental health professionals who are prepared to talk about warning signs and ways that we all can help to prevent suicide from ending lives far too soon. Every suicide is a tragic loss, but when a public figure takes their own life, the ripples are felt by so many. Kate Spade’s passing earlier this week and Anthony Bourdain’s passing today are only two of the more than 7301 people who die by suicide each week and nearly 105 each day in America alone. Suicide can be prevented and YOU can help. You do not need to be a mental health professional, you can simply be a caring friend, neighbor and fellow human being. If you think someone may be considering suicide you can: ASK, KEEP THEM SAFE, BE THERE, HELP THEM CONNECT and FOLLOW UP.Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (SPAM) resources from NAMI
  • Call or Text Montgomery County Hotline: 301.738.2255 or chat 
  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
  • American Association of Suicidology

Register Now for the Fall in Person Advancing Youth Development Workshops!

Our Youth Development Community of Practice (CoP)offers professional learning opportunities for youth development practitioners serving young people in Montgomery County.

Live In-Person Training

September 27th – September 30th

Click here to register today!  

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 – Friday, September 30, 2022

Time: 9:00AM-4:00PM (7 hrs.)

Location: First Floor Conference Room, 1801 Research Blvd. Rockville, MD 20850

Facilitator: Dennis Carter, Senior Director, Community Partnerships, Ramapo Youth Development Institute

Registration for this training closes on Tuesday, September 20th at 3:00 p.m.

  Click here to register

 

What will participants learn?

In Advancing Youth Development (AYD) courses, participants learn the necessary tools and skills to better engage and support youth. Participants also learn how to help youth navigate and use resources, identify their own strengths, and then define and achieve their goals.

 

Who Can Attend?

Individuals who work in and for organizations operating programs serving youth in Montgomery County Maryland.

Advancing Youth Development (AYD) Training is an intensive 4-day professional development opportunity for community youth workers who work directly with youth, ages 10 to 24, in school, community or faith-based settings.

Programs and Resources for Parents

MCPS Parent Resources can be found for those families looking for

Department of Health and Human Services Family Planning / Reproductive Health

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services offers resources for those looking for information on Family Planning/Reproductive Health.

Visit this link for information on providers, how and where to apply for Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services.

Visit this link on infoMONTGOMERY for Family Planning Programs

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