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March 26, 2019 | Bryan Gallion

Montgomery County Establishes 24/7 Homeless Information Line

Trained specialists will share information about Montgomery County homeless services through a newly established, 24/7 information line. The resource, launched by the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, also allows callers to provide information about the location of individuals experiencing homelessness so community partners can offer support. “Launching an information line is vital to […]

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March 18, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Elrich, Navarro Release Statements on Mosque Shooting in New Zealand

Elrich and Navarro both released statements about the attacks on the two mosques in New Zealand on Friday. The attacks left dozens of people dead. Council President Nancy Navarro said in a statement that the council stands with the people of New Zealand and is committed to helping Montgomery County’s Muslim community practice their faith. […]

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February 28, 2019 | Bryan Gallion

Racial Disparities Exist in County’s Pregnancy Outcomes, Study Finds

Montgomery County outperforms state and national averages related to maternal and infant health indicators, but discrepancies exist based on race, according to a report released by county health officials this month. The report is the first of its kind. It includes information about pregnancy-related outcomes, comparing Montgomery County data to Maryland and U.S. statistics between […]

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January 30, 2018 | Staff Writer

Dozens Attend Community Meeting to Discuss Homelessness

Dozens gathered in Silver Spring for a community meeting to discuss homelessness in the area. Following the meeting, Uma Ahluwalia, director for the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, explains the next steps in ending chronic homelessness. IW's Christine Hong: We are seeing successes by offering multiple services in one location to address #poverty […]

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November 15, 2017 | Staff Writer

County Announces New Program Aimed to Serve Ambulance Callers Better

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced a new initiative early Wednesday aimed to serve frequent callers for the county’s ambulance service better. The new program titled, “The Montgomery County Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program,” was designed to reduce the growth rate of system demands on the County’s Emergency Medical Services while providing effective heath care for frequent […]

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October 19, 2017 | Staff Writer

County Tackles Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention With New Campaign

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett launched a new campaign titled, “BTheOne,” aimed to prevent substance abuse and suicide in teens, according to a news release. The new campaign includes a new website that provides resources an ways to help others that will be advertised and distributed throughout the county. “As a parent and a grandparent, […]

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August 8, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Montgomery County Officials Identify Changes One Year After Silver Spring Tragedy (VIDEO)

The tragic loss of seven lives in Silver Spring  continues to teach Montgomery County officials lessons about what to do when a catastrophe strikes. An auditor’s report in February made 14 recommendations based on what was learned from the deadly natural gas explosion last August 10 at the Flower Branch Apartments. MyMCMedia’s Phyllis Armstrong reports […]

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August 8, 2017 | Phyllis Armstrong

Montgomery County Plans Exercises As Silver Spring Explosion Nears Anniversary (VIDEO)

The tragic explosion at Flower Branch Apartments on August 10 last year is still prompting in-depth discussions and planning in Montgomery County. The agencies and employees involved continue to assess the response to the emergency in Silver Spring that killed seven people and left dozens of others injured and without homes. Officials at the Department […]

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May 29, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

County Program That Gives Teens Second Chances Celebrates 20 Years (VIDEO)

Teen Court, a program aimed at giving teens second chances in the judicial system, is celebrating 20 years of service in the community. The program was created in March of 1997  for first or second time juvenile offenders who have pleaded guilty to committing misdemeanor offenses. As a result of the guilty plea, respondents appear […]

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February 28, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

County Health Department to Assist Families Facing Deportation

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will provide support services to families who have a family member facing deportation, according to participants in a closed meeting Tuesday of county officials. Councilmember Nancy Navarro said the HHS presentation contained “well thought-out protocols,” which would include, for example, establishing shelters for children who may […]

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