10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 234 Columbia, MD 21044
10632 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia Maryland 21044 US

Help for Parents and Caregivers

Our trained staff, who themselves have cared for a child with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health challenges, are here for you.


One-to-one support for your family is available through an MCF Family Peer Support Specialist. A Family Peer Support Specialist is a parent who has cared for a child with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health challenges and has been trained to help other families. They know about the services in Maryland and in their community, and how to apply for them.

A Family Peer Support Specialist can:

  • Help to navigate services and systems
  • Listen to concerns
  • Attend meetings with the family
  • Assist with completing forms
  • Explain rights
  • Make connections to appropriate services
  • Provide learning opportunities
  • Provide opportunities to meet others

Examples of services and resources that Family Peer Support Specialist can help parents and caregivers access include:

  • Special education advocacy
  • Parent support groups
  • Behavioral health services
  • Parent education/leadership training
  • In-home behavioral support
  • Evaluation and assessment services
  • Child care resources

MCF Family Peer Support Specialists who have personal experience as a parent or caregiver of a young person with substance use challenges can also help you to:

  • Access evaluation, assessment and treatment services
  • Find recovery services and supports
  • Understand insurance coverage
  • Know your rights as a parent or caregiver
  • Connect to other families dealing with similar challenges
  • Access mental health services
  • Learn about the continuum of services and supports available within the judicial system

Any parent or caregiver can call a Family Peer Support Specialist to request assistance for their child or young adult with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health challenges. There is no cost for services.


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