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Enhanced Searching and New Information Available for Victim Services and Support Groups, August 2014

The Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL) is pleased to introduce enhanced searching and the availability of new information for our Victim Services and Support Groups directories!

The MDCSL team recently surveyed victim services providers to identify programs offering services to victims of human trafficking and providing victim accompaniment services (such as court or hospital accompaniment). This information is now visible to all users of the site. This information appears in the program listings for all programs offering these services. In addition, we have added two new checkboxes to our Victim Services advanced search area (see the red ‘Advanced Search’ text next to the Victim Services category on the MDCSL home page) to enable searching for Human Trafficking Programs and Victim Accompaniment services. If your program is offering these services, but has not yet been added to the new listings, please contact us at mdcsl@umd.edu.

We have also added enhanced searching capabilities for our Support Groups directory. You can access this by selecting the red ‘Advanced Search’ text next to the Support Groups category on the MDCSL home page. It is now possible to narrow your search by the following types of support groups: 12 Step/Recovery, Grief/Loss, Health, LGBT, Mental Health, Victim and Other.

Maryland Community Services Locator Gets An Upgrade!, January 2014

The Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL) is pleased to introduce the launch of our upgraded website! We have added several new, easy to use, features, including:

• Ability to search services by county
• Ability to limit search within a particular county
• Ability to identify programs offering statewide services
• New and enhanced maps and searching
• Custom printing options

MDCSL Re-designs Flyer for Community Use, December 2012

The MDCSL team has created a new flyer for the Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL); www.mdcsl.org. We invite you to use this flyer to share information about the MDCSL website with your staff and clients. Please feel free to duplicate this flyer and make it accessible at resource fairs or any other events you may hold in the future.
This flyer, as well as any other free promotional MDCSL materials can be previewed and ordered free of charge at: http://www.mdcsl.org/avjsc/csl_info.asp.

MDCSL Recognized by the Ash Center as a "2012 Bright Idea", December 2012

The Maryland Community Services Locator (www.mdcsl.org) was recently recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School – Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation as a 2012 Ash Center Bright Idea. The award was given to recognize the role of the MDCSL in reducing crime and improving public safety throughout the state of Maryland as a cornerstone of the State’s Security Integration Initiative.

To learn more about this and other Bright Ideas, go to: http://www.ash.harvard.edu/ash/Home/News-Events/Press-Releases/Innovations/Harvard-s-Ash-Center-Announces-111-Bright-Ideas-in-Government/2012-Bright-Ideas

New MDCSL Site Feature, July 2012

Help us keep the MDCSL up-to-date! We invite our users to report program listing errors using our NEW "report a listing error" feature. Whenever you do a search, you will find a link to report program listing errors attached to each program record. We appreciate your assistance!

The MDCSL Gets a New Look!, October 2011

The Maryland Community Services Locator is pleased to announce that it has a new site design. While the content and functionality of the website is the same, the form will be changing to adhere to the design of other state websites and increase user friendliness in navigation. The new MDCSL website will still be found at http://www.mdcsl.org.

Additional Family and Food Assistance Information and Searching Available, May 2011

The Maryland Community Services Locator is pleased to announce that additional Family Assistance and Food Assistance resources are now available on the site. All of the programs listed in our Family Assistance directories now contain additional detail, including information on the services they provide: adoption/foster care, child education/development, financial assistance, material needs, parental support, and other family services. You can find this information when you do a search for Family Assistance services - it will appear in the program listings on your page of search results. Additionally, all of the programs listed in our Food Assistance directory now contain additional detail, including information on the services they provide: emergency food, food pantry/bank, prepared meals, supplemental food, and other food programs.

Also, advanced searching is now available for both Family Assistance programs, as well as Food Assistance programs. This means that you are able to narrow your search for this type of program by using the 'Advanced Search' area next to either of these categories on the main page - just click on the red text next to the category. Select the type of program you are looking for and your search results will be narrowed to meet your needs. You can refine your search by the type of services being provided by the program (i.e. adoption/foster care, child education/development, emergency food, food pantry/bank, etc).

MDCSL Launches User Feedback Survey, May 2011

The MDCSL is pleased to announce a new survey (https://cbssmaryland.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0BuuXIcqCEnyACw) where website users can give feedback and share information about their experiences with the locator. The survey is completely voluntary and confidential and all responses are anonymous. Completing the survey should take no more than five minutes and questions can be skipped at any time. We invite you to complete this survey! This survey can be accessed using the 'Website Feedback' link on the footer of the home page at any time.

Additional Adult Education and Job Readiness/Employment Resources Available, March 2011

The MDCSL is pleased to announce that additional Adult Education and Job Readiness/Employment resources are now available on the site. We recently split our Job Readiness/Adult Education program directory into two separate directories, Adult Education and Job Readiness/Employment services.

All of the programs listed in our Adult Education directory now contain additional detail, including information on the services they provide: adult basic/secondary education, citizenship preparation, degree programs, ESOL services, high school diploma programs, literacy and/or tutoring services. You can find this information when you do a search for Adult Education services - it will appear in the program listings on your page of search results.

Additionally, all of the programs listed in our Job Readiness/Employment directory now contain additional detail, including information on the services they provide: job placement, job preparation, job search, and/or technology training services.

Advanced searching is now available for both Job Readiness/Employment programs, as well as Adult Education programs. This means that you are able to narrow your search for this type of program by using the 'Advanced Search' area next to either of these categories on the main page - just click on the red text next to the category. Select the type of program you are looking for and your search results will be narrowed to meet your needs.

Post or Locate an Upcoming Community Event, February 2011

In an effort to increase the exchange of information between community providers and the public, the Maryland Community Services Locator now includes a Community Resource Event page. The MDCSL is pleased to provide an area where providers can share information (free of charge) about upcoming resource events and where community members can search for resource events in their area. If you are an organization or service provider that is hosting a training, informational/resource fair or distribution event for free/donated items, please visit http://www.mdcsl.org/avjsc/csl_eventhome.asp to post your resource event. Additionally, if you are a community member who is looking for additional information about resource events in your area, please visit http://www.mdcsl.org/avjsc/csl_eventlistings.asp. We hope that you will use this area to further share information with your community!

Revised Directory Listing by State and County Now Available on the MDCSL, November 2010

The MDCSL is pleased to announce the launch of our newly organized 'Other Maryland Resource Directories' page. Divided into Multi-Service Directories and Directories by Topic, the MDCSL now makes it easier to find directories by geographic location. Users can now find statewide directories, as well as directory listings by region and county. We hope that these updates will make it easier to find services using the MDCSL!

New Victim Services Information Available on the MDCSL, October 2010

The MDCSL is pleased to announce that two new program search categories have been added to our search tool to better assist you in your search; Dating/Domestic Violence Programs and Sexual Assault/Rape Recovery Programs.

We have also identified all of the SAFE programs (Sexual Assault Forensic Exams) that offer rape kits in hospital emergency rooms throughout Maryland. Victims are eligible to receive a forensic exam free of charge whether or not they choose to participate with a law enforcement investigation. You can locate these programs in the following areas of the site: Health Services, Victim Services, and Sexual Assault/Rape Recovery Programs.

Please also note that Certified Abuser Intervention Programs are now part of our victim services directory and can be searched for using our advanced search option under victim services.

MDCSL Expands HIV/STD Resources, August 2010

The MDCSL is pleased to announce that additional HIV/STD resources are now available on the site. We have recently split our HIV/AIDS program directory into two new directories, HIV/STD Testing Sites and Other HIV/AIDS Related Care Services (for individuals already diagnosed with HIV/AIDS).

All of the programs listed in our HIV/STD Testing Sites directory now contain additional detail, including whether they provide anonymous, rapid and/or oral testing, as well as testing for other STDs. You can find this information when you do a search for HIV/STD Testing Sites - it will appear in the program listings on your page of results. In addition, advanced searching is now available for HIV/STD Testing Sites. This means that you are able to narrow your search criteria for this type of program by using the 'Advanced Search' area next to the HIV/STD Testing Sites category on the main page - just click on the red text next to the category. Select the type of program you are looking for and your search results will be narrowed to meet your needs. You can refine your search by the type of testing being provided by the program (anonymous, rapid, oral, other STDs).

MDCSL Makes Resources Available for Spanish Speakers, July 2010

The MDCSL is pleased to announce the addition of a new resource area for Spanish speakers.  You will find a wide range of resource links that are targeted to the Spanish-speaking community in Maryland.  Find information in Spanish on services such as Employment Programs, Health services, Legal Assistance, and others!

MDCSL Makes Advanced Searching Available for Housing and Victim Service Programs, July 2010

The MDCSL is pleased to announce that advanced searching is now available for housing and victim service programs. This means that you are able to narrow your search for these types of programs by using the 'Advanced Search' area next to these program service categories on the main page. Just click on the red text next to these categories to open and close the advanced search area. Select the type of program you are looking for and your search results will be narrowed to meet your needs. This feature is also available for substance abuse treatment programs.

MDCSL Now Available in Multiple Languages, May 2010

The MDCSL is pleased to announce that the site is now available in multiple languages via Google Translate, an online translation service. You can view the site in a variety of languages, including Spanish and many others, in the 'Translate the MDCSL' section of the website.  We hope that this will help to further meet the needs of our diverse population of users throughout Maryland.

MDCSL Launches Hotlines Section, May 2010

The MDCSL is pleased to announce the addition of its new 'Hotlines' section to the website.  These statewide hotlines cover a wide variety of categories including crisis intervention, disability assistance, family/financial assistance, health/mental health, housing programs, senior services, substance abuse, victim services, youth programs, and others.

Additional Information Now Available on Housing Programs, March 2010

The MDCSL has completed data collection from its recent survey on 'Housing Programs'. You can now find more detailed information about the housing programs when searching for programs locations in the database. If you are a housing provider and have not yet completed the survey, please update your program listing as soon as possible.

MDCSL Launches Survey for HIV/AIDS, Victim and Housing Providers, November 2009

The MDCSL has started data collection on HIV/AIDS, Victim, and Housing Programs. If you are provider for any of these program types, please add or update your program listing as soon as possible. For programs already in the MDCSL database, please note that additional survey questions have been added to the 'update a listing' form so that you can provide more detailed information for programs serving these areas. Please note that specific questions addressing particular service areas not noted above will be added in the future.

MDCSL Completes Statewide Expansion, August 2009

The MDCSL is pleased to announce the completion of its statewide expansion! The directory is now available statewide for all Maryland residents. For more information on the expansion, check out the MDCSL feature in the CESAR Fax. We look forward to expanding the level of detail for these directories over the coming year.

MDCSL Expands Senior Citizen Resources Directory Statewide, August 2009

A statewide listing of senior citizen resources is now available on the MDCSL. This includes a wide range of agencies serving seniors, including information and referral services, legal assistance, senior centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, adult day care, and many others.

MDCSL Launches Statewide Parks and Recreational Sites Directory, August 2009

A statewide listing of parks and recreational sites has now been added to the MDCSL. This listing includes parks, community pools, natural areas, and other recreational opportunities.

MDCSL Launches Statewide Food Assistance Directory, June 2009

A statewide listing of food assistance programs has now been added to the MDCSL. This listing includes a wide range of food programs, such as food stamps, WIC and other assistance programs, as well as emergency food assistance (soup kitchens, food pantries) services.

MDCSL Launches Statewide Family Assistance Directory, April 2009

A statewide listing of family assistance programs has now been added to the MDCSL. This listing includes a wide range of family services, such as social service locations, energy assistance programs, head start centers, and more!

MDCSL Expands Health Services Directory, March 2009

The MDCSL has expanded the Health Services Directory to include a wider range of statewide programs. This directory now includes a broad range of free and low-cost health services for all areas of the state, including clinics, hospitals, and other general health service programs.

MDCSL Launches Two New Directories, March 2009

The MDCSL has launched a NEW Statewide Legal Assistance directory and a Support Groups directory. The legal assistance database includes free and low cost legal assistance programs. The Support Groups directory contains a variety of support groups, currently including AA, NA, Al-Anon and Nar-Anon meetings.

MDCSL Adds More Programs to the Mental Health Directory, February 2009

The Mental Health Directory has been updated to include more statewide programs! Check back soon for our new legal assistance directory.

MDCSL Expands Short-Term Housing Directory Statewide, January 2009

A listing of statewide short-term housing programs has now been added to the MDCSL. This listing includes drop-in centers, emergency and long-term shelters, as well as transitional housing facilities.

MDCSL Expands Disability Services Directory Statewide, December 2008

A listing of statewide disability programs has now been added to the MDCSL.

MDCSL Gets a New Look!, November 2008

The MDCSL launched a new site design representing Maryland's state colors. Let us know what you think about the new look! Please note that this will affect only the design of the site. The functionality of the site remains the same.

MDCSL Expands Job Readiness/Adult Education Directory Statewide, November 2008

A listing of statewide job readiness/adult education programs has now been added to the MDCSL. This includes job training and readiness programs, as well as adult education (i.e. GED programs) and literacy programs. Check back next month for the launch of the statewide disability services database.

MDCSL Launches NEW Conflict Resolution Directory, November 2008

A listing of statewide free and/or low-cost conflict resolution services has been added to the site. This includes organizations providing mediation and alternative dispute resolution services, community conferencing, and other related services. Check back later this month for the launch of our statewide job readiness/adult education directory.

MDCSL Launches New Update Tool, October 2008

In an effort to keep the MDCSL website as updated as possible, the MDCSL has added a new tool to the website called Update a Listing. This tool can be used by organizations listed on the website to submit edits to their existing listings and also to notify the MDCSL staff that their listing is correct. We encourage providers to submit any revisions as necessary and also to submit notifications that entries are correct at least every 6 months. We appreciate your assistance in making this an accurate and useful website for Maryland service providers and residents.

MDCSL Launches Statewide Victim Services Directory, October 2008

A listing of statewide victim services providers has now been added to the MDCSL. Check back next month for the statewide update of the job readiness/adult education directory and a NEW directory called conflict resolution.

MDCSL Expands HIV/AIDS Resource Directory, September 2008

Beginning September 2008, the HIV/AIDS Resource Directory now includes a greater number of statewide resources.

MDCSL Adds NEW Statewide Directories Including Public Schools and Public Internet Access Sites, August 2008

A listing of the primary and secondary public schools in Maryland has now been added to the MDCSL. Additionally, a listing of FREE public internet access sites in Maryland has also been added. Check back soon for new databases.

CESAR Begins Statewide Expansion Of The MDCSL, July 2008

In July 2008, CESAR began a statewide expansion of resources on the Maryland Community Services Locator website. If you are a community service provider and know of any relevant resource directories for your area, please share these with us. Visit the site often to check out our directory updates and new service categories!