2013_07 ICAP Newsletter

Next ICAP Meeting:   Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 1:30pm.


Location: 401 Hungerford Drive, 1st floor conference room

Visitor parking is available in front of and on the side of the building and on the top level of the garage. Also, next door behind 451 Hungerford.




Attached are minutes from the June 18 meeting and the Powerpoint presentation by Ellen Langhans.

Contact Ilene if you’d like a supply of the Teen Help Cards in either English or Spanish.

Check out the ICAP website at www.mcicap.org




The Landing: A new substance abuse recovery support program for teens

The Landing is a free and voluntary program that is designed to provide a wide variety of recovery and support services forMontgomery County youth (ages 12 through 17). The program includes job readiness, peer support, recreational activities, youth leadership, art, cooking, education, and relapse prevention to help our members stay positive about their recovery during and after treatment. The main requirement is that youth be in a treatment program or have been through a treatment program and are motivated to stay clean. This is not a treatment program, but instead offers mentorship and a way for youth to lead the way in their own recovery process. This program can be complementary with programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or other similar recovery support programs. For more information, contact Monica Davalos, Care Coordinator at The Landing, Family Services Inc., monica.davalos@fs-inc.org

Ph: 240-683-6580 ext. 219.


Senate Education Legislation Includes Teen Parent Provisions

The 113th Congress is taking steps to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation's primary law shaping and funding K-12 public education. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee moved first, passing the Strengthening America's Schools Act (SASA, S. 1094), on June 12, 2013, on a party line vote with 12 Democrats supporting and 10 Republicans opposing. For further information on S. 1094, visit the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee website. In a major step forward for pregnant and parenting students, SASA includes provisions that instruct State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to include in their education plans a description of how they will plan for pregnant and parenting students to be enrolled, attend, and succeed in school; and instructs SEAs and LEAs receiving ESEA Title I-A funds (education for the disadvantaged program) to track and report non-personally identifiable data on enrollment, academic achievement, and graduation rates for pregnant and parenting students.


US Department of Education Issues Guidance on Pregnant and Parenting Students

The U.S. Department of Education issued on June 25, 2013 a Dear Colleague letter and accompanying pamphlet on supporting the academic success of pregnant and parenting students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The pamphlet, which was sent to all school districts, colleges, and universities across the country, provides information about the pregnant and parenting student requirements contained in the Department's regulation implementing Title IX. Also, the pamphlet contains information on strategies educators may use and programs schools can develop to address the educational needs of students who become pregnant or have children. Finally, it provides instructions for students, family members, and others who wish to file claims of discrimination to the Department's Office of Civil Rights (OCR). For more information about OCR and the anti-discrimination statutes that it enforces, visit this site. The Dear Colleague letter andaccompanying pamphlet are both available for download.


2013 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest kicked off on May 12, 2013. Through October 21, 2013, states will compete against one another to enroll the most text4baby users. Winners will be announced in early November in conjunction with the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in BostonMA. Promote this service to the families you serve. For more information on text4baby, click here.


My Reproductive Life Plan: A checklist for staying healthy and planning future pregnancies





Keep It Simple: Linking Teens to Sexual Healthcare

The "Keep It Simple" film is a motion graphic animation designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, "teen friendly" contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers. The short film is meant to address gaps in knowledge about their right to care and services and contraceptive methods available to them. The animation--which is also available in Spanish--can be shared with teens and educators alike to facilitate greater access, improve awareness of birth control methods available to teens, and promote linkage to care. The animation was developed "for teens by teens" in collaboration with The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy's DC Teen Advisory group, and with leadership fromCAI and Healthy Teen Network.



Bedsider.org has a new, entertaining, and engaging video series—the Guy’s Guide to Birth Control—featuring one Mr. Guy Nottadadi. Got questions about pregnancy, the pill, or emergency contraception?


Talking with Teens about Reproductive Health: How To Tackle the Tough Topics

Office of Adolescent Health has produced this free online self-paced course provides staff working with young people a concrete protocol and steps that can be followed to ease discomfort and create an open, supportive environment for sharing around reproductive health topics, including teen pregnancy. Go to: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/resources-and-publications/learning/talking_with_teens/index.html?utm_source=Health_practitioners&utm_campaign=Clinical&utm_medium=email


Adolescent Health Care Communication Action Kit, Revised 2009

National Institute for Reproductive Health offers this toolkit. Teenagers themselves are the population best-equipped to offer providers accurate and authentic insight into adolescent experiences, concerns and preferences relating to sexual health. This toolkit is based on the experiences of the New York-based Teen Outreach Reproductive Challenge (TORCH)® program, which trains teens to express their perspectives to providers, and trains them as health educators and standardized patients to in turn train providers on communicating with adolescents. Go to: http://nirhealth.org/sections/publications/documents/AHCCPpubFINAL2010.pdf?utm_source=Health_practitioners&utm_campaign=Clinical&utm_medium=email 





New Report Focuses on Repeat Births to Teen Parents

report recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the prevalence of repeat births to teen mothers; they account for nearly 20% of all teen births. Resources and guidance aimed at reducing this trend are provided, as is further information relevant to the topic (e.g. racial/ethnic disparities in rates of repeat teen births, negative outcomes associated with subsequent teen pregnancies).








The Hearst Foundations

Application Deadline: There are no deadlines. Proposals are accepted year-round through the Hearst Foundations' online application.

Description: The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive, and inspiring lives. The Hearst Foundations seek to achieve their mission by funding approaches that

  • stabilize and support families
  • increase academic achievement and provide affordable educational options for youth
  • improve health and quality of life in the United States
  • ensure the role of the arts and sciences as a cornerstone of society
  • provide access to and training for employment and careers for adults.

Funding Amount: Funding amounts vary. The majority of past grant recipients have received between $50,000 and $100,000.

Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) tax-exempt-status organizations that are not limited by the Hearst Foundations' funding exceptions. Visit http://www.hearstfdn.org/funding-priorities/funding-
 to learn more.

More Information: http://www.hearstfdn.org/applying-reporting/how-to-apply/












Ilene Sparber, LCSW-C, Consultant

Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy

Dept. of Health & Human Services,School Health Services

401 Hungerford Drive, 2nd floor

RockvilleMD 20850


240777-1860 FAX