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Coordinators open expanded offices

The Coordinating Center, a nonprofit that coordinates care for people with complex medical needs and disabilities, yesterday opened its new office at 888 Airport Park Road near BWI Marshall Airport.

The expansion will accommodate growth within the statewide organization, based in Millersville.

Since 1983, the staff has grown to more than 200 people. The center employs professional care coordinators with backgrounds in nursing, social work, special education, early intervention and special needs. Information: 443-254-3900.

County is offering a quit-smoking kit

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is offering several ways to help smokers kick the habit before the statewide ban on lighting up indoors in public goes into effect.

Starting Feb. 1, Maryland's Clean Indoor Air Act will prohibit smoking in most businesses, including restaurants and bars.

The health department's Learn to Live program has several types of kits to help smokers quit, including ones geared to African Americans and teens.

Free kits and quit smoking class referrals can be requested from the Learn to Live Line, 410-222-7979 or the Spanish Language Line, 410-222-4479. Kits can also be ordered or downloaded from the Department of Health Web site, or from

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Course to help fami lies of mentally ill

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Anne Arundel County Affiliate will sponsor an 11-week class beginning Feb. 5 for families of people with serious psychiatric disabilities.

The Family to Family class will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Calvary Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis.

The course is appropriate for parents, siblings, spouses and significant others of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disease (manic depression), major depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Advance registration is required.

Information: Donna Nash at 410-626-0143.

Program to offer col orectal screening

A new program from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health is providing free colorectal cancer screenings to eligible residents.

To qualify for the LifeScreen program, residents must be ages 50 to 64, have no medical insurance and meet income requirements.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in Anne Arundel County, behind lung cancer.

Information: 410-222-7979 or

Free flu shots planned this month

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide free flu immunizations at Westfield Annapolis mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Jan. 31.

Department nurses will give the vaccinations in the new West Atrium between Macy's and Lord & Taylor department stores.

Immunizations are free, but donations of $20 are appreciated. Medicare Part B will cover the donation; individuals must bring their Medicare cards.

Information: or 410-222-7343.

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