Spring Forum Video Recordings





Spring Forum PowerPoint Slides

*Equity PPT: Dr. Alan Leshner, former Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

*​​Isolation PowerPoint: Elizabeth Guroff of the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH)

*Digital Divide PPT: Donna Keating of MoCo Community Engagement & Digital Equity Programs



 Spring Forum Resource List

Organization Type Video Website Contact Person
Arise & Flourish Addiction prevention education for students and parents; Volunteer
and advocacy opportunities


www.ariseandflourish.org ​​Joey Zabel
Sheppard Pratt Extensive experience developing/ implementing in-home and community-based services for children, adolescents and families, reaching out to the most vulnerable individuals and families in Montgomery County



Anna Barthelme, Outreach Coordinator abarthelme@sheppardpratt.org

Narcotics Anonymous 12-step fellowship; Peer-run recovery support for anyone who desires to stop using drugs


www.cprna.org Elizabeth Leek
Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health For families with children/youth living with mental health challenges; Provides a family-driven, culturally competent, youth-guided, and community-based system of care


www.mcfof.org   Celia Serkin
Screening and Assessment Services for Children & Adolescents (SASCA)

Free mental health and substance
use assessments, treatment recommendations, and referrals for Montgomery County teens/youth



Sara Rose, LCPC


Mental health and wellness services across the lifespan; Services that connect people in need

​​ www.Every-Mind.org   Jennifer C. Grinnell, LCPC
Tree of Hope Association CEUs, trainings, and one-on-one engagement for Peer Recovery Specialists  n/a www.treeofhopeassn.com LaTonia Rich
Lead4Life Leadership & life skills seminars for youth in schools; promotes mental health with focuses on building confidence, establishing self-worth, developing meaningful relationships & personal accountability lead4lifeinc.org

Jennifer Gauthier

Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth, and Families Serves ages birth to 18. Programs: WRAP, Pathways, Extend Beyond The Bell, Youth Development, and Local Care Team n/a collaborationcouncil.org

Kathy Boland



Additional Resources


Behavioral Health

Primary Care Coalition: Montgomery Cares Behavioral Health Program: WebsiteContact: Sarah Frazell, LCSW-C, Director of Behavioral Health Programs, sarah_frazell@primarycarecoalition.org. The Montgomery Cares Behavioral Health Program (MCBHP) embeds behavioral health teams into safety-net primary care clinics to partner with primary care providers. The staff members include bilingual case managers- licensed mental health professionals or RNs with mental health training, a community resource coordinator, and consulting psychiatrists. The teams identify, diagnose, an treat patients with common behavioral health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders. Behavioral health staff members also screen for and work with people experiencing substance abuse, domestic violence, or severe mental illness: treatment for these may not occur in the primary care setting, bu the MCBHP staff connect patients to services.

Addiction Treatment Centers

Montgomery County Recovery Services: Website. Contact: Stephanie Smiley-Johnson, Program Sponsor, ssmiley1311@yahoo.com. Provides comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment services through medication, individualized treatment planning, health and addiction education classes, and individual and group counseling. The Individualized Treatment Plan addresses each client’s medical, psychiatric, vocational, and educational needs. Referrals to self-help groups and other community resources are valuable tools that we employ in the therapeutic process.​

Maryland Wellness and Recovery: WebsiteContact: Sahar Albaugh, Sahar@mdwar.com. Offers Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services including: Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Outpatient (OP), and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), with drug screening at the office. 


 Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center: WebsiteContact: Beth Kane-Davidson, bkane@jhmi.edu. Suburban Hospital's Addiction Treatment Center offers evaluation and diagnosis, individualized outpatient treatment plans for adults and adolescents, and a free concerned persons program for those who suspect loved ones may be struggling with addiction.

Second Chance Addiction Care: Website. Contact: Nicholas Borowskiborowski@secondchancecare.com. A boutique outpatient addiction program in Potomac, Maryland that offers high quality and highly individualized treatment services to the community. Features a specialized program for executives and DUI recipients.

Pyramid Walden: Website. Contact: Courtney Seelhorst, Community Relations, cseelhorst@pyramidwalden.com, 240-808-0135. Provides intensive outpatient, Recovery Programming Groups, and 3.5, 3.7 Residential, & 3.7 Medically Managed Withdrawal Management detox services for men and women. We offer transportation for inpatient admissions and discharges and accept Medicaid. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) patients are accepted if they began MAT prior to entering inpatient. MAT and Med Management Outpatient services are available in our outpatient treatment programs.




Youth Resources

The Recovery and Academic Program: Website. Contact: Khadija F. Barkey, Khadija_F_Barkey@mcpsmd.org or Evelyn Saim-Lobos, Evelyn.Saim-Lobos@fs-inc.org. ​Montgomery County Public Schools has partnered with Sheppard Pratt Health System to connect youth with academic and substance use recovery support services. The program pairs academic coursework from MCPS with recovery support services provided at The Landing, Family Services' recovery clubhouse. RAP helps students continue working toward graduation in a safe and supportive environment during the day while learning the necessary skills needed to maintain sobriety in the afternoons and evenings.  It is free of charge to Montgomery County youth and accepts referrals from MCPS, juvenile drug court, and other non-profit agencies.

BTheOne Suicide Prevention: Website This website contains information on how to help friends and loved ones ​with may be contemplating suicide or using substances excessively. The website is designed with teens in mind, but it can be used by anyone seeking information on how to help. 



Grief & Peer Support Groups

Surviving Our Ultimate Loss (S.O.U.L.): Website. Contact: Jimena Ryan, Co-Founder, info@survivingourultimateloss.org. S.O.U.L. is a volunteer peer-support group created by and for mothers and families who have lost children to overdose. The purpose of S.O.U.L. is to provide a space where mothers (and families) who have lost a child to drug overdose can find non-judgmental support to help cope with the loss, share who our child was with the world, explore how we can advocate in our communitiies, and encourage each other to find meaningful ways to re-invest in life. Membership is exclusive to families who have lost a son or daughter to overdose. 

Brothers in Grief and Hope. Contact: Michael Diehl, diehl.mike@gmail.com. A confidential discussion group for men grieving the loss of a child or other loved one to overdose. 
 Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center: WebsiteContact: Beth Kane-Davidson, bkane@jhmi.edu. Free concerned persons program for those who suspect loved ones may be struggling with addiction.