A Changing of the Guard

2016-2017 MABPCB Officers

New officers David Barnes, Treasurer (formerly President); LaToya Nkongolo, President (formerly Secretary); Denise Camp, Vice President; and Stacie Grogin, Secretary. The Board thanks Linda McRae and Jack Foreaker for their service over the last 4 years!

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Recovery Partners Montgomery

David Barnes attended Recovery Partners Montgomery’s Leadership Conference the past two days and spoke about Cultivating Your Passion. The conference brought together speakers from Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Maryland to guide interested peer recovery specialists in how to be better leaders for advocacy and organization leaders in the coming years. The Conference was held at the Bolger Center in Potomac, MD. Special thanks to Catherine McAlpine and the peers at RPM for bringing this conference to the state this year.

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Peer Think Tank Meeting at NCADD-MD

MABPCB participated in the inaugural Peer Think Tank meeting in Baltimore yesterday to bring together organizations to consolidate peer training efforts across the state. Organizations represented included NCADD, MPAC, M-ROC, BHA, and MABPCB. It was a great meeting with several innovative ideas presented and put into action. Peers will be able to one-stop-shop for trainings, and certification and recertification procedures will be clearer going forward. Our hope is that this will protect and enhance the growing peer workforce in the state of Maryland.

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Walkathon to Benefit Jobs Unlimited in Rockville October 25

See flyer below for information on how to register! This benefits those with serious mental illness. Special speakers and music highlight the day! For more information contact the sponsors directly.

Rockville Walkathon for Jobs Unlimited October 25, 2015

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Advocacy Training


Please find attached the training information concerning the Advocacy domain training. It is scheduled for Oct. 29th, 2015. I know you have been waiting for this training. It provides 6 training hours of the required 10 training hours needed in the advocacy domain to apply to the Maryland Addiction and Behavioral-health Professionals Certification Board to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. Please see attached flyer for information concerning the training and to electronically register for the training.

Also please know, you will be receiving very shortly training and registration information for the other three domain trainings. However, you may want to mark these training dates in your calendar:
Mentoring and Education Domain Training- November 10th
Recovery and Wellness Domain Training- December 1st.
Ethical Responsibility Domain Training-December 15th.

All of these initial trainings will be held in Catonsville at the Vocational Rehabilitation Building (formerly the ADAA building) the OWDT Training Room, ground floor on the campus of the Spring Grove Hospital, 55 Wade Ave. Please know, we will also be offering this training in other regions of the state in early 2016. So if you can not attend these trainings, there will be other opportunities to receive this training. Please note you must attend all six hours of the training in order to receive a certificate for the training day, no credit will be giving for partial attendance.

Questions? You can reach me by email at loney@psych.umaryland.edu

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NAMI Maryland 2015 Annual Conference

The annual conference for NAMI Maryland will be held on October 16th & 17th.  This conference will provide individuals a chance to learn about the latest research & uncover resources that you may not have known were available.  Invitations are extended to individuals with mental illness, families, faith leaders, community members, students, healthcare providers and criminal justice professionals.  Here is the link to register for the conference and obtain additional information.

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Certification Rosters

Certification rosters have been added to the Certification and CPRS pages. Any questions regarding the listings can be directed to mapcbboss@outlook.com.

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“Training – An Overview of Counseling in the Criminal Justice System”

MABPCB will conduct a training regarding Counseling in the Criminal Justice System on August 28, 2015.  This training will provide professionals with criminal offender skills & knowledge in effectively and ethically assessing and treating offenders.  The facilitator is Lauretha Vargas.  The cost is $75 in advance and $80 at the door.  Please reserve your seat by email at registration@mapcb.com.  Also, please see the following flyer for more information:  CCJP Training 082815.

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Recovery Partners Montgomery 2nd Annual Cookout

2nd Annual Peer to Peer Cookout - Recovery Partners Montgomery

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MABPCB would like to thank everyone for their interest in the Ethics Training for Addiction Counselors on June 05, 2015.  Unfortunately, this training has been cancelled!  However, we do hope to re-offer this training in 2015.  Please continue to view our website for upcoming training.  Thank you!

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