A Party with a Purpose

About the Catoctin Affair

The Catoctin Affair is much more than an elegant evening of great food, music and fun. One of the most anticipated gala events of the year, the Catoctin Affair raises critically needed funds to support the life saving programs and services of the Mental Health Association.

Catoctin Affair 2017 will be held on April 8, 2017. Our 2016 event was attended by more than 450 guests this annual event was a huge success, generating more than $115,000 in proceeds that directly benefit our community’s health and well-being. Below are just some of the ways in which MHA has impacted our community and region in the most recent fiscal year.

In 2016, MHA provided the following services to our community

Preparing Resilient Children

  • 2,332 Early Childhood Educators participated in high quality classroom and on-line professional training
  • 87 Children under the age of 6 were given a chance to succeed in pre-school with the intervention and advocacy of trained Early Childhood Mental Health Professionals
  • 62 Children under the age of 5 had the best possible start from the moment they were born to ‘at risk’ moms – none of these children saw Child Protective Services
  • 101 Children in Foster Care in Frederick and Carroll Counties had an independent voice in the court system advocating for a safe, permanent home
  • 97 CASA’s used that voice to place nearly 25 of those children in safe, permanent homes last year

Securing Vulnerable Families

  • 65 First time moms at high risk for abusing or neglecting their child, actively participated in an intensive, individualized program to learn how to build a safe, secure, nurturing home for their children – received
  • Those first time moms received 1,087 home visits by trained Family Support Workers – ensuring that each mom could successfully nurture and care for their newborn right up through entering kindergarten
  • 3,000+ Scheduled calls were made to elderly and homebound seniors, helping them to stay connected and supported
  • 228 Families with complex and intensive needs received information, referral, advocacy and support
  • 5 Families safely transferred their children between parents 125 times through the year
  • 27 Families received a total of 226 hours of parent coaching to become the best parents they can be

Facing Crisis Together

  • 40,000+ calls to our all center
  • 2,868 of those calls were assessed for suicide
  • 1,765 of those calls were suicidal
  • While we saw an increase of 8.2% in all calls – Hotline calls increased by 13% over the year prior
  • 240 clients ages 3 – 70 participated in 2,106 professional outpatient mental health treatment on a sliding fee scale
  • 320 Individuals experiencing an emotional, mental, family or relationship crisis, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, grief or depression saw a Crisis Specialist free of charge during walk-in hours
  • 23 Survivors of Suicide Support Group participants

Supporting our Whole Community

  • 10,447 Referrals made by MHA’s Walk-in and Call Center to partner agencies
  • 10,017 Calls to MHA’s business line
  • 2,000 Guide to Mental Health and Community Support Services were printed and distributed to schools, law enforcement, and providers of health care
  • 104 Individuals were trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)


And so much more….

Your participation in the Catoctin Affair will make a real difference to the lives of those the Mental Health Association serves. For more information email or call 301-663-0011.

Your gift through the Catoctin Affair enables MHA to be available, accessible and responsive to the changing needs of our community. Your support brings us closer to our vision of a community where children can grow and thrive without fear, where good mental health is valued, where people of all ages know when and how to seek help for emotional or family problems without shame, and where everyone will have access to mental health services without barriers.

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