The following is brought to you by the Bazelon Center

“Dear Friends:
July 26 is an important date in our nation’s history – it marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
For the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, this is a time to celebrate and reflect on our efforts to win passage of this landmark legislation and on our work to ensure that the law’s promise is fully realized.
Since our founding in 1972, we have played a vital role as a litigator and public policy advocate calling for an end to discrimination against people with disabilities. We were among the strongest voices insisting that people with mental disabilities be among those protected by the ADA. With President George H.W. Bush’s signature on the ADA in 1990, the United States pledged that a person’s disability would no longer be a barrier to the full rights and opportunities granted to all American citizens. Eighteen years later, the Bazelon Center played a key role in securing passage of amendments to the ADA that responded to Supreme Court decisions narrowing the law’s reach.
The ADA’s promise of full integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of life was affirmed 16 years ago by the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision declaring that the unnecessary segregation of people with mental disabilities is a form of discrimination under the ADA. The Bazelon Center played a key role in the Olmstead case by coordinating the strategy and briefing in the Supreme Court. The ADA and Olmstead continue to form the centerpiece of our advocacy to promote community integration of people with disabilities.
There has been tremendous progress in the ADA’s 25 years. However, many people with disabilities still face obstacles to full participation in community life. This is why the Bazelon Center focuses on achieving the promise of the ADA, including ensuring that children with mental disabilities receive a quality education in general education classrooms, providing the supports people with mental disabilities need to live in their own homes and participate in community activities, and creating meaningful employment opportunities for people with mental disabilities.
We are grateful for the support of our donors and allies which has allowed us to achieve so much over these years. We ask on this historic anniversary for your continued support so we can finish the work that remains to be done.
Thank you.


Robert Bernstein, Ph.D.





Stepping Stones Shelter is having a fundraiser to support the good work that they do. They provides a continuum of services (emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, and post-shelter support) to homeless families with children in order to move them from crisis to a stable home environment. By offering food, shelter and supportive services in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Stepping Stones provides hope for the future, strengthens families, and promotes self-sufficiency.

WHO: Stepping Stones Shelter
WHAT: Fundraiser Celebration
WHEN: Thursday, July 16th, 4:00 to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Carmen’s Italian Ice

1115 Nelson Street in Rockville
WHY: To celebrate National Ice Cream Month!

20% of your purchase will go directly to Stepping Stones Shelter when you log your purchase on the sign in sheet at Carmen’s.


The following is taken from the July newsletter of  The African American Health Program which is funded by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and administered by BETAH Associates, Inc.

Each year, mental illness affects 1 in 5 adults in America. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that minorities are less likely to receive treatment for mental illness, have less access to mental health services, and often receive a poorer quality of care.

One way to maintain emotional and mental well-being is to prioritize physical health. Through a variety of activities and events, AAHP emphasizes wellness of the body and mind. We proudly support National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and hope you will join us in sharing the importance of mental health with your family, friends, and communities.

Take Action
Join the conversation online #minoritymentalhealth
Get social media samples to spread the word
Get Support
Montgomery County 24/7 Crisis Services
Mental Health Association of Montgomery County
Montgomery County Adult Mental Health Program
Learn More
National Alliance on Mental Illness: African Americans
Office of Minority Health: African American Health
Mental Health America: African American Communities


On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.

“A mental health wellness and recovery center in Montgomery County Maryland supporting the needs of county residents through peers supporting peers.”
434 East Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877


Thanks to all who came out to our 2015 4th of July Independence Day celebration. Good food, good company, and a great time. The weather held out after all and we did get some sun. Thanks also to our volunteer chefs and pastry chefs! OOOMC is truly a home away from home. Some of our extinguished guests.image







On Our Own of Montgomery County

434 East Diamond Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877



On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc. Logo

On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc. is seeking a full-time  Executive Director for our mental health wellness and recovery center in Gaithersburg Maryland.  Interested parties are encouraged to download the PDF job announcement below.

Thank you!


On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.
434 East Diamond Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877


News from OOOMC

  • OOOMC will be having a 4th of July celebration picnic at the center. We will be grilling, enjoying good company, and listening to music. Typical American fare will be served. The celebration will be from 1pm until 3pm.
  • The monthly membership meeting has been moved back one week to Saturday July 11th due to the Independence Day holiday which falls on the first Saturday of the month.
  • We are sorry to announce that our current Executive Director, Joe Murphy, has stepped down from his full time position as E.D. and is relocating to North Carolina. We have benefitted greatly from his presence here at the center and he will be sorely missed. He will still be in contact with OOOMC to provide assistance in his areas of expertise.
  •  A search committee is being formed to find a full time replacement for Joe and a position announcement will be released very soon. If you know of qualified interested parties, please refer them to the center.

Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebrate the nation’s independence with friends and family as the entire community comes together for food music and fireworks. Festivities will include live music from Rollex, family activities, good food, and of course, a dazzling display of fireworks sure to delight audiences of all ages. Gates open for pedestrians at 5 p.m. The event begins at 6 p.m. with strolling entertainers and family games.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and blankets to enjoy a picnic during the event. Food will also be sold at the celebration. For safety reasons, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, rollerblades, skates, bikes, pets, and fireworks of any kind are strictly prohibited.
The Montgomery County Fairgrounds is located at 16 Chestnut Street in Gaithersburg. Walk in at Chestnut or Dalamar Streets; the Perry Parkway entrance to the Fairgrounds will be closed. No unauthorized cars will be allowed in the Fairgrounds. Accessible parking is available in the Fairgrounds via the Dalamar Street entrance for vehicles with disability placards or plates.
Please note that Perry Parkway will be closed from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. between North Frederick Avenue (Rt. 355) and West Diamond Avenue.
This event is sponsored in part by the Montgomery County Agricultural Center. The fireworks may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

A trolley will be available at the Chestnut Street entrance to the Fairgrounds to transport you to the concert area. Please note – the trolley will not be available to transport you back to the entrance after the fireworks.

Fireworks Viewing Only:
If you wish to view the fireworks from outside the Fairgrounds, many surrounding locations offer excellent views.
The Commuter Lot off I-270 at Exit 11, the Lakeforest Mall parking lot, and the business parking lots along Route 355 near the Fairgrounds are all popular viewing spots. Please check carefully for signage indicating that parking is for patrons only as vehicles determined not to belong to patrons may be towed.
Public Transportation:
For information on bus transportation please call 311 (in Montgomery County) or 240-777-0311 or visit

Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
Contact Information
Parks, Recreation & Culture
Office Hours
Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM

Rain or Shine Although the event is held RAIN OR SHINE, the City makes all weather related decisions surrounding this event with the safety of the organizers, participants and spectators of this event in mind.
In the event of inclement weather or an emergency situation and this event is cancelled call 301-330-0050 x2434 for updates or check the City of Gaithersburg website on the morning of the event for updated information.

“The Phone Call” – A Film Screening by MHAMC

"The Phone Call" Film Poster

"The Phone Call" poster

“The Phone Call ” Screening

Mental Health Association will host a screening of “The Phone Call” on June 24th at Bethesda Row Cinema. The short 2015 Oscar-winning film fol lows Heather (played by award-winning actress Sally Hawkins), a helpline call counselor, as she answers a call that changes her life forever. Join us to watch this brilliantly acted film and learn about the”The  day-to-day experiences of all individuals who answer hotline calls, as well as crisis suicide prevention strategies and mental health resources available in our community. MHA’s Montgomery County Hotline Director Rachel Larkin will lead discussion and answer audience questions about how agencies in our community work together to respond to mental health crises. Representatives from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, its Crisis Center and the Montgomery County Police Department will be present to participate in the discussion.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, space pending.

Contact Krista Zerby with questions at


On Our Own of Montgomery County, Inc.
434 East Diamond Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877