The Leadership Southern Maryland (LSM) Executive Program Class of 2023 convened on February 2 to study the tri-county area’s critical housing and human services challenges. They explored the needs and concerns of low-income families, the unhoused, and residents dealing with mental and behavioral health issues related to economic challenges. Center for Children, Inc. Executive Director and LSM founding sponsor Cathy Meyers introduced the executives to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Assessment. ACE Assessments raise awareness of how childhood experiences of domestic violence, parental behavioral health issues, and economic insecurity can affect one’s ability to thrive in adulthood. “I found the ACES survey interesting and liked the detail that was given about how important those early years in a child’s life can have major impacts on their future,” said Jennifer Raley, Energy & Technology Programs Manager at SMECO. “How do we help kids that are dealing with so much negative in their lives growing up?” Participants spoke with panels of human services, behavioral health, and housing specialists about challenges Southern Marylanders face in securing affordable housing and accessing the many community resources available to support them. Lack of reliable transportation and difficulty getting information about available resources continue to be significant […]
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