February 13, 2020 | Alexandra Macia

MCPS Launches ‘Let’s Clear the Air’ Campaign to Prevent Vaping

Montgomery County Public Schools has launched Let’s Clear the Air, a campaign geared towards preventing vaping amongst youth. A press conference was held on Thursday Feb. 6 to announce the launch of the campaign. MCPS partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services in order to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping.  There […]

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January 29, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Autoridades de Montgomery se Preparan ante Coronavirus

Aunque no hay casos confirmados de coronavirus en Maryland, Virginia o el Distrito de Columbia, los funcionarios del condado de Montgomery dicen que no se arriesgan. Los funcionarios del condado han participado en varias conferencias telefónicas informativas con los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades en Atlanta y el Departamento de Salud de Maryland para […]

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January 28, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak and Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Taking No Chances With Coronavirus

Although there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia, Montgomery County officials are taking no chances. The appropriate county officials have participated in several informational conference calls with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and the Maryland Department of Health to learn all they can, said […]

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January 30, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Extreme Cold Plan Activated: Be Cognizant of Homeless Individuals

Montgomery County has activated its extreme cold plan for a hypothermia alert until Thursday at 1 p.m. During periods of extremely cold weather, it’s not only important to dress in layers and stay inside, but it’s also important to look out for neighbors and pets. Montgomery County issues hypothermia alerts when temperatures and the wind […]

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October 24, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

Five Things to Know for Oct. 24 in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know today, Oct. 24, in Montgomery County, Maryland: 1. Toll Lanes for I-270 and I-495?: To help alleviate traffic congestion, Governor Larry Hogan announced a $9 billion Traffic Relief Plan which consists of widening I-270 and I-495 in Montgomery County to accommodate four new lanes. The T & E Committee is expected […]

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October 18, 2017 | Staff Writer

Council Committees to Discuss Substance Abuse Prevention in Schools

Montgomery County Council’s Health and Human Services will join the Education Committee on Oct. 19 to discuss substance abuse and prevention in schools with Montgomery County Public Schools and the Department of Health and Human Services. Substance abuse trends and suicide data for youth along with the collaborative efforts between MCPS and DHHS will also […]

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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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May 24, 2017 | Staff Writer

logo for VASAP - Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program

County Seeking Volunteers to Work With Sexual Assault Victims

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services are seeking volunteers to assist victims of sexual assault and their families through its Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP), according to a news release. VASAP volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services in throughout county hospitals and police stations for victims. Requirements to […]

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February 27, 2017 | Mitti Hicks

League of Women Voters Discuss Resources Available for Youth Experiencing Substance Use and Abuse

By the 12th grade, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about half of adolescents have abused an illicit drug, which includes the abuse of illegal drugs or the misuse of prescription medications, at least once. In an effort to help parents and community leaders identify resources available to adolescents who struggle […]

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November 17, 2016 | Mitti Hicks

Homeless Residents Receive Free Health Screenings (PHOTOS)

There were more than 950 households experiencing homelessness in 2015, according to Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) staff. In an effort to help those in need, DHHS hosted their Sixth Annual Nadin Khan Homeless Resource Day in Gaithersburg for residents experiencing homelessness. “It’s very difficult when you’re living on the streets […]

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