Support Group

Active Recovery Center of Hope (ARC), Caroline County

(410) 754-4299

A community partnership dedicated to fighting the Opioid crisis among minority groups here in Caroline County, MD.

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The goal of the ARC of Hope is that we will help connect those who are suffering from substance abuse disorders in our minority communities with medical professionals who can diagnose and treat the addiction process. Our Peer Support Specialists will be available to help those navigating the path of freedom from opioids in both English and Creole. Caroline County, hope is on it’s way…the ARC is coming!

Caroline County Family Day Care Association

410-714-4534

25570 Beauchamp Branch Road, Denton, MD 21629

To be a support group and network of Caroline County day care providers.

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Service

Day Care providers meet together for support and training; also functions as a network of Caroline County providers; can inform parents of which providers have openings. Meetings are open to the public and are held the 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30 PM . Meeting location at Choptank Electric Building, 24820 Meeting House Road, Denton, MD 21629

Fees

$10 a year

Caroline County Public Schools Transition Center Program

410-479-0100

10855 Central Avenue, Ridgely, MD 21660

The Transition Center Program (TCP) provides a continuum of transition services and career development services that connect community, work, and independent living activities to 18 to 21 year old students who earn a certificate of completion after completing four years of high school. After high school, this subset of students is at risk for higher unemployment, as well as increased dependency on government support programs and their families for continued support. We believe that with transition services that incorporate opportunities to access age appropriate environments, our students can prepare to live and work as independently as possible. The TCP provides training to assist participants in realizing these goals in three main locations: on the job site, in the community, and at the Transition Center lab.

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Activities at the Transition Center include job skills training, functional academics, self-determination skills training, social skills training, community-based work experiences, travel training, and independent living skills. The program also assists students in identifying career paths and accessing both adult services and community resources.

Eligibility

Participants must complete four years of high school with a Certificate of Completion (or be age equivalent), and successfully complete a trial period during the second semester of their fourth year of high school. Please contact the Transition Center for more information.

Areas Served

Caroline County

Caroline County Family Support Center/Early Head Start

410-479-3298

410-479-3789

100 North Sixth Street, Denton, MD 21629

Caroline County Early Head Start strives to ensure young children and their families have the resources they need to learn and succeed. We provide quality early care and education, family support and related services to help parents meet their goals of becoming economically and socially self-sufficient in order to raise healthy, successful children.

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Service

On-site services include parenting education classes and support groups, nutrition classes, developmental screening and education, child care for infants and toddlers while attending center classes, GED, Adult Basic Education, and English as a Second Language classes (Mon.-Thurs. 9:30 AM-12:30 PM & 1-3 PM). A family advocate is assigned to each family to be a case manager and work on their individual needs. Off-site services include home visits by a case manager. The Parents As Teachers program is a family education and support program that includes home visits and group meetings at the center. Call the center for more information or to enroll in any of the programs. Volunteers accepted.

Eligibility

There are income requirements and a sliding scale fee. You must be either pregnant, or a parent of a child that is aged 3 or under. Program includes assisting fathers, as well as mothers of young children.

Hours of Operation

Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM for clients, and Mon.-Fri. for staff

Areas Served

Caroline County- Centers in Denton and in the Federalsburg Judy Center

Family Support Services for Special Education- Caroline County Public Schools

410-479-3609

410-479-4204

To provide the skills and knowledge that will enable families of children and youth with disabilities and professionals to function as equal partners in the educational decision making process and to assist families in accessing services for their children.

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This is a resource center for families and schools serving families and educators of children with disabilities in Caroline County. Services include special education resources, information and referral, assistance with the I.E.P., seminars and workshops, consultation, lending library, newsletter, information about local, state, and national parent organizations, facilitation of parent and children’s support groups. There is a Mom’s Mornings Together support group for moms with children with disabilities. The children are invited, it meets the last Monday of the month at 10:00am at Denton Elementary School, Portable #2. Periodically offers Sibshops programs. These programs target siblings of special needs children and celebrates the contributions they make toward their disabled sibling.

Eligibility

Families and Educators of children with disabilities, birth – 21, in Caroline County.

Hours of Operation

Mon – Thurs 8am – 4:30pm

Areas Served

Caroline County

Mid-Shore Behavioral Health, Inc.

410-770-4801

410-770-4809

28578 Mary's Court, Suite 1, Easton, MD 21601

Mid Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. provides information and referral assistance to consumers of public behavioral health services.Although we are NOT a treatment provider, our purpose is to develop a full array of quality, accessible behavioral health services, resources and supports throughout our rural region. We provide education and guidance to consumers, family members, providers and community leaders about behavioral health. We seek to improve the health and wellbeing of consumers and the entire community, because we believe behavioral health is essential to overall health, and is as important as physical health. We have hope that we can achieve wellness together, and aim to inspire others to join us in doing so. ​

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Some of MSBH’s main functions include:Systems Planning and Management – As a core service agency, MSBH is responsible for the development and implementation of community planning, management, and accountability mechanisms for the delivery of mental health services. MSBH conducts regular public mental health systems needs assessments, and develops an annual strategic Community Mental Health Plan. MSBH works closely with Local Addictions Authorities (LAAs) who are responsible for the local substance related health service system towards integrated behavioral health systems needs assessment and strategic planning processes which seeks to develop and expand the regional system of care and its capacity to meet the needs of the mid-shore community. This cooperative data collection, analysis and planning processes allow us as local entities to self-govern, and monitor and evaluate the local public behavioral health system.Funds Allocation and Contract Monitoring – MSBH receives funding from Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other state and national sources for services and recovery supports to meet needs identified, accomplish the goals of the strategic plan, and to serve our mission. Approximately 92% of the funding received is passed onto community providers throughout the mid-shore, and for some throughout the Eastern Shore, for programs related to mental health, substance use, peer support, crisis intervention, homelessness and affordable housing, sign language interpreters and other safety net provisions. MSBH works collaboratively with our partners, employing accountability and support mechanism to achieve success through the monitoring of contracts.Systems Navigation – MSBH provides information and referral resources to consumers, their natural support systems, providers and community partners seeking behavioral health services and recovery supports for both mental health and substance use. Our staff offers a full continuum of support in responding to help calls, from simply providing a telephone number or basic information to problem solving complicated care need with multiple providers of services and supports. MSBH staff are there to assist with navigating a complicated system of care.

Eligibility

Although Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems, Inc. primarily serves consumers of mental health services under the Public Mental Health System (PMHS), we can offer assistance to all residents of the five county area.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Areas Served

Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.

Mental Health Association of the Eastern Shore

410-822-0444

410-820-7283

611 Dutchman's Lane Suite 2, Easton, MD 21601

To promote mental health, understand mental illness, improve the care and treatment of individuals through programs of prevention, advocacy, public education, and community service. MHAES empowers and encourages individuals and families in the Mid-Shore region to recognize and manage the mental health issues in their lives, provides a program of public education focused on prevention, detection, and management of the barriers to human growth and development and supports efforts for early diagnosis and intervention in our community.

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Promotes mental wellness and behavioral health with education and advocacy. No direct services are provided. Our flagship program is Mental Health First Aid, this is an 8 hour training course that teaches the signs and symptoms of a mental illness and how to offer help to someone prior to professional treatment.

Areas Served

All 9 counties of the Eastern Shore

Parents’ Place of Maryland

410-768-9100 or 1-800-394-5694 or 410-928-2079

410-768-0830

801 Cromwell Park Drive, Suite Q, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

To ensure that individuals with disabilities and special health care needs lead rich active lives and participate as full members of their schools and communities.

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Assists parents of children with disabilities by conducting regular parent education workshops, helping parents find information, providing referrals, lending materials from their library, maintaining an up-to-date list of support groups, and working with parents directly to help them obtain the best possible services for their child. Each region has a local Parent Educator contact. Each Parent Educator has a child with a disability and provides assistance to families on issues related to their child’s disability, particularly about special education. Visit the website for workshop schedules and links to other resources. The staff also includes individuals who work on the Maryland Family Voices project. This project works to improve access to health care for children and youth with special health care needs. For more information email: info@ppmd.org

Areas Served

Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Cecil, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties.

Board of Child Care – Denton Residential Campus

410-479-1743, x5909

410-479-3674

Enriching communities, one family at a time.

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The Eastern Shore Campus provides therapeutic residential services to male youth, ages 14-21. Residents are provided therapeutic, academic, behavioral and life skills supports to assist them in building skills to overcome emotional and behavioral issues particularly in response to developmental and complex trauma.

Compass Regional Hospice

443-262-4100

255 Comet Drive, Centreville, MD 21617

The mission of Compass Regional Hospice is to offer individuals, families, and the community “Care on your terms” through comprehensive, professional and compassionate end-of-life care and grief support.

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Compass Regional Hospice provides hospice care to people of all ages in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. Hospice care is provided wherever you call home, including private residences, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.The six-bed Hospice Center in Centreville is a home-like setting in which patients receive around-the-clock residential and general inpatient hospice care. The three-bed residential Hospice Home in Denton is owned by our fundraising partners, Caroline Hospice Foundation, and operated by Compass Regional Hospice. Compass Regional Hospice also recently opened a four-bed residential Hospice Center on the third floor of the former pediatric unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center at Chestertown.For patients diagnosed with a life-limiting illness who are not yet ready for hospice, the Bridges Program offers care and support for patients and their families. Additionally, the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center offers hospice patients and their families, as well as community members, grief support through support groups, individual counseling, workshops and other programs that help adults, children and teens cope with grief following a loss of any kind.