Illustration by Sebastian Sandkuhler 2018
Over the past five years, our efforts and successes are evident throughout the State of Maryland with yearly fundraisers and campaigns for the prevention, education, and awareness of opioid addiction. Thousands of families have benefited from our volunteer work, and our voices and efforts have made a huge impact on policies and laws in the Maryland state legislature.
Image from MHAA Drug Awareness Billboard Project Hagerstown, MD August 2016
- MHAA relies on grants and donations for all support endeavors and works year-round planning and managing fundraising events.
- MHAA members are volunteers and all proceeds directly benefit those who seek our services.
- The Save Our Children Family Peer Support group, which was created under the umbrella of the MHAA advocacy group, began as an extension of MHAA with a goal to host weekly family/peer support groups in Frederick and Boonsboro, MD.
We complete our mission by collaborating with other advocates, state and local leaders/officials to create policies, initiate prevention practices along with education and promoting quality treatment through a continuum of care including recovery services.
Some of our efforts and successes are as follows:
Family peer support services which include treatment navigation, grief counseling, active use support program referrals and safe places to share without shame. Assisting in helping families to navigate insurance options and filing complaints.
Awareness and prevention activities are evidenced through several billboards located in counties which promote the Good Samaritan Law, Narcan/Naloxone administration, and the dangers of opioid use. We also use the social media which consists of our Facebook and Twitter along with performing media interviews.
Education is conducted by our members who speak and educate school administrators, students and staff on a regular basis. Many of our members attend state and federal level policy workshops and meetings to give feedback which addresses improvement in the current system fragmentation that is not conducive to the opioid epidemic. We testify at legislative hearings and educate legislators.