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Credible Behavioral Health Software
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Central FL BH Network, Inc.
South Florida BH Network
Lutheran Services Florida
Southeast FL BH Network

Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company
Johnson & Johnson

University of South Florida - Medicaid Drug Therapy Program
Florida State University - College of Medicine

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Tobacco Free Florida

Help Your Patients
Quit Smoking

If your patients are ready to take the next step in quitting, refer them to Florida’s free and evidence-based resources.

Visit the website here.

Tobacco Free Florida and the FSU College of Medicine are working to expand access to treatment for tobacco dependency to people with mental health and substance abuse disorders. These individuals have significantly higher tobacco use prevalence rates compared to the general population, experience stronger withdrawal symptoms, and are less likely to have stopped smoking over their lifetime. Like other smokers, smokers with mental illness ARE interested in quitting and are able to quit when supported with evidence-based treatments. If you would like information about helping your clientele quit tobacco, please contact Andrée Aubrey at FSU College of Medicine at 850-645-6439 or There are many resources available to you including scholarships for staff training, technical assistance with incorporating services at your site and other resources to support a tobacco project.

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Apalachee Center, CRMC and TMH Open Baker Act Central Receiving Facility

Announcing the opening of a Central Receiving Facility at Apalachee Center for individuals needing involuntary psychiatric admission under the Florida Baker Act or Marchman Act.

Click here to read the press release.



Charlotte Behavioral Health Care releases latest newsletter

The newsletter "HOPE Starts Here" is available online.
We are excited for all the new developments as we grow our services to better serve the needs of our community.

Click here to read the latest HOPE Starts Here.



A Pulse Nightclub Responder Confronts A New Crisis: PTSD

Gerry Realin (left) and his wife Jessica are working to get first responders workers' compensation benefits in Florida.

Read the entire article on the NPR website here.



Gov. Scott calls for special session June 7-9

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year and vetoed $410 million in legislative projects that do not provide a great return for Florida families. Additionally, Governor Scott vetoed the Florida Educational Finance Program (FEFP) funding portions of the budget. Governor Scott is also vetoing HB 5501 which decreased funding to VISIT FLORIDA by over 60 percent. The Governor’s full budget veto list will be released later today.

Click here to read the Governor's proclamation.



SAMHSA’s Program to Achieve Wellness Announces the 2017 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness

Does your organization work to improve heart health for people with mental and/or substance use disorders? If so, we encourage you to apply for the opportunity to be considered for SAMHSA’s 2017 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness.

What:Through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Program to Achieve Wellness, organizations and communities will be recognized for their exemplary wellness efforts that improve the cardiovascular health of those living with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders.

When:Apply by July 28 to showcase how your organization or community improves wellness outcomes for people with mental and/or substance abuse disorders, including individuals living with serious mental illness.

To learn more and apply, download the Call for Applications here.



The 2017 Administrator’s Forum was another big success!

The Forum provides an opportunity for financial, information technology, human resource and administrative professionals to gather for two days of information-packed meetings, continuing education sessions and networking. This year’s Forum brought together over 150 representatives from 51 different community behavioral health providers across the state of Florida.  

Download the summary with links to the presentations.



NIH Multimodal Brain Stimulation, Colleen Hanlon

The National Institutes of Health is hosting the Multimodal TMS Speaker Series to bring together the leaders in the field conducting research using non-invasive brain stimulation and functional imaging including EEG and fMRI.

Colleen Hanlon will be speaking on May 31st, 2:30 pm. The event will be broadcast via web-ex and archived for later viewing. 

For more information click here.



FREE community event.

Save the date in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Read the flyer here.



Report: Fentanyl Now Florida's Deadliest Drug.

A new report from Florida medical examiners finds fentanyl caused more deaths than any other drug in Florida last year.

Read the article on the Health News Florida site here



Alarming stats on veteran suicide.

For information about wellness services and support available for veterans:

Visit the After Deployment website here.



David Lawrence Center hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony.

In the mental health field, there is reason to celebrate when more treatment options become available. That was the case last Friday when the David Lawrence Center hosted a fair and ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce a children’s outpatient complex on its Golden Gate Parkway campus in East Naples, along with a new pharmacy and adult primary-care center.

Read about the Genoa Company Pharmacy opening

Read about the children's program here

Read the Naples News story here



SAMHSA seeks applications for up to $7.8 million in grants to promote substance use disorder recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking applications for up to $7.8 million in FY 2017 Building Communities of Recovery grants. These grants are designed to help build recovery systems for people with substance use disorders in communities throughout the nation.

SAMHSA anticipates that up to 13 awards will be made for up to $200,000 each year for up to three years. Actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

Click here for detailed information on the initial announcement



Ashleigh Husbands - Regional Suicide Prevention Specialist, FL LINC Project

Ashleigh was recently selected through a competitive audition to talk about youth suicide prevention at an upcoming TEDx event in Lake County, on September 15. TEDx talks are organized events that host speakers to present on innovative ideas, research, stories or anything else that can promote either a change in ways of thinking or a call to action. These talks are videotaped and released on YouTube. Ashleigh was very excited to audition for this and she is super excited to have gotten selected. I hope you all can make it to this event to support Ashleigh and the work we do. Congrats Ashleigh!!



Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use.

Youth use of tobacco in any form is unsafe. If smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoking-related illness. That’s about 1 of every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger alive today. 

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has a variety of brochures and fact sheets available for download:

Visit the NIH site to download materials



Discussion on maternal stress, mental health tonight.

Imagine a pregnant woman who is at risk for gestational diabetes or high blood pressure but is never screened or assessed for those dangerous conditions. 

Read the story on



Trump’s pick to run mental health is poised to shake things up.

Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz calls for a bold shift in priorities, away from support services and toward more aggressive treatment of psychiatric patients.

Click here to read the entire article.



Watch the webinar "Addressing Tobacco Use in Mental Health" by Jill M. Williams, MD.

If you were unable to attend the live presentation at the FSU Turnbull Center on June 17, 2016, you may watch this recorded presentation and be eligible to receive CMEs/CEUs.

Watch the presentation online today!

After viewing the presentation, download the form below and fill it out entirely. Email the completed form to and your CEUs/CMEs will be processed.

Download the CME/CEU form here.


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