Here are a few reminders on how to properly dispose of prescription opioids:
- Participate in local take back programs. There are several pharmacies and police departments that are registered as permanent location sites for the “take back” program. They will take back your prescription opioids with no questions asked. Remember, the goal is to prevent the diversion of prescription opioids so they are willing and ready to accept your returns.
- Do NOT flush prescription opioids. Sewage treatment systems cannot remove all the medications from the water released into lakes, rivers or oceans. Please protect the habitats of Nemo, Dory and their fishy friends, and let’s not make opioid infused water a trend! Bottled water and home filtration systems don’t necessarily avoid exposure.
October is National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month.
Learn more from the Montgomery County Prevention Alliance
Educating youth, parents/caregivers and concerned community members about substance misuse and ways to prevent it.
Talk to your teeen Resources to help educate you on effective ways to speak with your teen!
Training Free Naloxone trainings held throughout the year
Resources – Support Groups, Education, Advocacy
Local resources from infoMONTGOMERY
SAMHSA has information and resources for parents, caregivers, and other caring adults who talk with young people about the risks and harms of using alcohol and other substances
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)’s mission is to lead, mobilize and raise our voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism.
They offer this 2022 #weareresilient toolkit For Survivors, Advocates and Allies Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October 2022
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
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
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
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.
- 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.
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