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Coping

September 24, 2006

AIDS support and information

· Maryland, 1-800-638-6252; National AIDS Spanish Hotline, 1-800-344-7432.

Adult day-care services

The following adult day-care facilities are licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:

· Diakon Adult Day Services at Ravenwood. 1109 Luther Drive, Hagerstown. Call 301-791-1030.

· Easter Seals Adult Day Services. 101 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown. A medical/social adult day-care program certified by the Maryland Office of Aging and licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Call 301-745-3828.

· Washington County Health Department's Adult Evaluation and Review Services (AERS), 1302 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Helps put elderly and disabled adults in touch with services they need to remain in their communities. There is no charge for these services. Call 240-313-3350.

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Child abuse intervention

· The Department of Social Services/Child Protective Services at 122 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, investigates reports of child abuse or neglect. The Child Protective Services 24-hour number is 240-420-2222. For general information call 240-420-2100.

Grief recovery

· Hospice of Washington County provides Healing Hearts for Parents, a program offering individual support to cope with the loss of a child. 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., third floor. Call Kathy Boyd-Mansfield at 301-791-6360, or go to www.hwc-md.org.

Health services

· The Washington County Health Department provides services including immunizations, WIC/nutrition, AIDS case management, breast exams, Pap tests, children's medical services and geriatric evaluation services. Call 240-313-3200. The health department is at 1302 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown.

Lyme disease information and support

Call Pat Martin at 301-797-9550 or Frank Boddicker at 301-834-6080.

Mental health care

· The Office of Consumer Advocates Inc., 265 Mill St., Suite 200, Hagerstown, offers resource information and referral, peer support, advocacy and a speakers bureau. Services affiliated with the office are The Listening Line, a socialization and support line serving all ages (it is not a crisis hot line) and Soul Haven Drop-In Center, a place where consumers can socialize, take part in activities and enjoy themselves in a relaxed, mutually supportive atmosphere. Call 301-790-5054.

· The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington County offers support, education and advocacy for families affected by mental illness. Call 301-824-7725.

Parental guidance

· The Parent-Child Center offers parenting classes Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as the Right from the Start program, matching volunteers with first-time pregnant teens. The office at 998 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 301-791-2224.

Shelter

· Hagerstown Rescue Mission provides shelter for men and three meals a day at 125 N. Prospect St. Call 301-739-1165.

· The Salvation Army provides shelter for up to 60 days for homeless single women and women with children. The office is at 534 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2440.

· Community Action Council provides family shelter, food and utility bill assistance, a food bank, crisis intervention services, housing counseling and a first-time homeowners program. Hours at the 101 Summit Ave. office in Hagerstown are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. by appointment. Call 301-797-4161.

· REACH Caregivers provides escorted transports to doctor appointments, therapy, grocery store, pharmacy, errands, etc.

REACH volunteers perform light chores and home repairs, assist with emergency placement, eviction prevention, food, utilities, medication, etc. They install donated air conditioners to those in need and provide a shelter during winter months.

REACH is at 140 W. Franklin St., Suite 300, in Hagerstown.

For details, call 301-733-2371 or go to www.reachcaregivers.org. The 24-hour crisis intervention line is 301-739-8975. You may send e-mail to reach@myactv.net.

Social services

· The Department of Social Services at 122 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, provides financial assistance to Washington County residents and protects vulnerable adults and children from abuse and neglect. Call 240-420-2100 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The agency's 24-hour hot line number is 240-420-2222.

Substance abuse and addiction programs

· Washington County Health Department Division of Addictions and Mental Health Services provides prevention and counseling services to individuals experiencing problems with substance abuse, addiction and emotional issues. Staff members are trained in assessment, intervention and counseling techniques for adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including residential, outpatient and jail.

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