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The number one priority for the Florida Council for Community Mental Health and its member organizations is to ensure that Floridians have access to a comprehensive and effective system of coordinated mental health and substance abuse treatment services.
Our member organizations are located throughout the state and offer a wide array of treatments and supportive services tailored to meet individual and family needs. In addition to more traditional mental health and substance abuse services and interventions, Council members assist individuals and families in addressing the social determinants of health, such as: adequate health care, affordable housing, job training and employment, food insecurity, peer support, mentoring and other supports needed to achieve sustained health and recovery.
Treatments and supportive services are provided in a variety of locations, including: Community Mental Health Centers, substance use disorder rehabilitation programs, inpatient treatment programs, community health centers, mutual support groups and peer-run organizations, schools, jails and prisons, and at home through telehealth or home-based services.
Mental health has been defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”; however, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration estimates that only about 17% of U.S adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health. The Florida Council for Community Mental Health is committed to addressing that gap by providing effective, high quality behavioral health services and supports so that more Floridians can achieve a state of optimal overall health.


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2019 BHCon Opening Keynote Speaker Announced

Dr. Dawn O'Malley: The Amazing Brain
The brain is responsible for everything we do, feel, want, and think. Not everyone is aware of the amazing lengths your brain will go to keep you alive and “well.”
Read about all the keynote speakers here.

Tampa Bay Leaders Form Coalition To Address Mental Health Crisis

The West Central Florida Mental Wellness Coalition has three primary goals. They want to start a public awareness campaign to get people educated on the scope of the mental health issue, they want to increase urgent care access for behavioral health, and they want to provide resources for patients seeking mental health help.
Read the article on the WUSL webpage here.

SMA featured in Daytona Beach News-Journal article
"Florida is right to examine mental health’s big picture"

Florida’s struggling community-based providers battle for resources to serve a never-ending stream of people who desperately need help.
Read the article on the Daytona Beach News-Journal website

Maggie Labarta: Mental health requires community support

What determines how healthy we are? We like to think it’s health care, but health-related behaviors and social circumstances are the biggest determiners of health, resilience and recovery.
Read the article on the Gainesville Sun website

The CDC released the 2016 NVDRS Suicide Snapshot fact sheet

Download the fact sheet here.

Florida’s One Behavioral Health Association Supports First Lady Casey DeSantis in the Establishment of Hope for Healing Florida: A Multi-Agency Mental Health and Substance Abuse Campaign

“Florida’s One Behavioral Health Association is incredibly pleased the First Lady recognizes the importance of quality programs for mental health and addiction,” said Florida’s One Behavioral Health Association President Melanie Brown-Woofter. “This initiative will allow more individuals to access needed resources throughout Florida. It creates a bridge between state, regional, and local communities for mental health and substance abuse services.”
Read the press release here.

IMPOWER wins the Florida Blue Foundation's Sapphire Award!

IMPOWER created a program in 2013 to utilize telehealth technologies to provide mental health access to low-income and underserved individuals. The program uses real-time video chat between patients and health care providers to diagnose issues and recommend or provide treatment, with 24/7 access.
Watch the video here.

Great attendance for the 2019 Admin Forum in Orlando!

Credible makes a lunch presentation to attendees.
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BHCon Friday Keynote Speaker Announced

Matt Butler's journey through recovery is set against a backdrop of record deals and international performances. His debut solo album, Reckless Son, was released to critical acclaim in 2016. Immediately following the release, he wrote and performed “Just One,” the original song for the feature length and nationally distributed documentary Generation Found. BHCOn 2019 will present this documentary on Thursday, August 22.
Visit the BHCon website here.
Discover marketing opportunities here.

Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day!

We want all children to know that they are #notalone, and together we can end the stigma and help build a healthy environment that emphasizes children’s strengths. SOCflorida.com

Governor Ron DeSantis proclaims May 9th as Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in Florida

Be sure to wear green to show your support!
Read the proclamation here.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is May 9, 2019!

This is a day to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and its
impact on their healthy development. #ItStartsHere – Mental wellness starts
Click here for more information

The 2019 Administrator's Forum agenda is now available

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!
Read the 2019 agenda here.

Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities

We are currently seeking sponsors for the 2019 Administrator's Forum to be held at The Florida Hotel May 9th–10th in Orlando, Florida. 
Download the marketing prospectus here.
Register as a sponsor here.

The company of animals an have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life and ability to recover from illnesses

Nearly 70% of U.S. households (84.6 million) own a pet. Of those, 80% believe their pets bring them happiness and emotional support; 55% believe their pets reduce anxiety and depression; and 66% believe their pets relieve stress.
Download the fact sheet here.
Visit the 4mind4body animal resource page here.

May is Mental Health Month 2019!

Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. We welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.
Visit the website to download the 2019 promotional materials.

Save the Date for the Second National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day
Monday, May 20, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

The event will be live webcast, and registration is required.

This event is designed to raise public awareness around the mental health of older Americans and spur actions to address their needs by promoting evidence-based approaches to mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery supports for older adults and collaboration between the mental health and aging networks. It will also highlight where people can seek treatment and services when needed.
Register for the webinar event here.

Nationwide essay contest challenges high schoolers to be frank about mental health

This contest was started as part of the Healthy Mind Initiative, which aims to increase mental health awareness and promote suicide prevention in Asian American and Pacific Islander youth, although the contest is open to all high school youths nationwide.
Read more on the Challenge.gov website here.

CARF will require accredited drug treatment programs to offer suicide prevention therapies starting in June

Health researchers are finding concrete evidence that the two preventable causes of death — which are among the top 10 in the United States — are intrinsically related: People with an opioid addiction are at much higher risk for suicide than the rest of the population; and opioid use was a contributing factor in more than 40% of all suicide and overdose deaths in 2017, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read the article on the PEW website here.

Volusia and Flagler counties in 2018 involved people killing themselves

“We often find that a firearm is involved in a completed suicide,” said Nicole Sharbono, vice president of Volusia County Services for SMA Healthcare. “That’s a very lethal way to attempt suicide, which most likely will lead to a completed suicide.”

Read the article on the Daytona Beach News-Journal website


Collaborative Responses to Child Abuse & Neglect

Casework practice in child protective services includes cross-system collaborations. Because many families receiving child welfare services may benefit from a variety of agencies, coordination of efforts is more likely to result in positive outcomes than if each system focuses independently on its own issue-related services. This section contains resources and information about collaboration among child welfare and other human service agencies.
To read more, click here.

Senator Lauren Book Receives Child Mind Institute’s Change Maker Award

Senator Lauren Book has been announced the winner of the national Child Mind Institute’s Change Maker People’s Choice Award for her efforts to create awareness of child sexual abuse and educate people about the topic through her nonprofit foundation, Lauren’s Kids. A survivor herself, Senator Book’s advocacy focuses on prevention, disclosure and healing.
Read the details here.


2019 BHCon Keynote Speaker Announced!

We are pleased to present Allison Massari -Transforming Lives: the Art of Person-Centered Care.
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