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

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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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FL Takes Hard Line On Opioids But Some Question Approach

States across the country are struggling to hold off a rising tide of opioid abuse and Florida is no exception.

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Melanie Brown Woofter, FCCMH interim President and CEO quoted in opioid article on funding.

“Any reduction in funding is a step backwards for a system of care that is already challenged to meet the behavioral health needs of local communities,” said Melanie Brown Woofter, the Florida Council for Community Mental Health’s interim president and CEO.

Read the article on the Herald-Tribune site here

In the Capitol News Service and on News4Jax and Tallahassee’s WCTV is a press video highlighting Melanie Brown Woofter, Jane Johnson and Mark Fontaine.

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The article that goes along with the Capitol News Service video above has been picked up in a few other news outlets. 

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Tampa Bay officials criticize Legislature for failing to tackle opioid epidemic

Joe Rutherford, CEO at GracePoint, quoted on the mental health funding cuts.

Read the article on the SAINTPETERSBLOG site here.



WellCare Signs First Behavioral Health Home Agreement with Peace River Center for Personal Development

TAMPA, Fla. (May X, 2017) – WellCare of Florida, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), formed a new value-base care agreement for the establishment of a behavioral health home with Peace River Center for Personal Development (Peace River Center).

Under the agreement, Peace River Center will provide both behavioral and medical services for Staywell Medicaid members who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness (SMI). They will also be responsible for the integration and coordination of care for these member’s care, providing holistic care in one location.

Read the press release here.



Florida was given a 30 day extension for the Medicaid 1115 waiver that was set to expire 06.29.17

By Christine Sexton -PoliticoPro 06/29/2017 06:18 PM

EDT Amid the ongoing turmoil in Washington, D.C., over the future of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid funding, Florida officials today were told they will be given a 30-day extension for the state's sweeping Medicaid 1115 waiver that is set to expire on Friday.

The extension comes as the state is poised to negotiate new five-year contracts with hospitals and a managed care network for 3.9 million enrollees. It also comes as the state tries to finalize the special terms and conditions, and collect county tax dollars, to fund a $1.5 billion supplemental financing program known as the Low Income Pool, or LIP.

Agency for Health Care Administration spokesperson Mallory McManus said the agency is grateful for the Trump administration's partnership in working to renew the sweeping Medicaid 1115 waiver.

"We requested an extension so we can continue to work with our State Legislature on this important issue," she said in an email to POLITICO Florida.



Opioid crisis: Florida Governor Scott extends public health emergency order

Gov. Rick Scott’s public health emergency declaration in the fight against the opioid epidemic will be extended another 60 days. Scott’s original executive order, signed May 3, had been set to expire Monday. But he signed an order Thursday extending the declaration for two more months.

Click here to read the Palm Beach Post article.



AAMC Webinar Features Med School’s Opioid Curriculum.

Dr. Martin Klapheke, assistant dean of medical education and professor of psychiatry, who is leading UCF’s opioid education efforts, and Dr. Magdalena Pasarica, associate professor of medicine, showed how UCF includes opioid education in all four years of the curriculum.

Read the entire article on the UCFs website.

Watch the webinar here.



Treating patients with opioid disorders is not just about treating addiction.

Patients with opioid use disorder are much more likely than the general population to have a host of other health conditions, including hepatitis C, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.

Read the entire article on the STAT news website.



AHCA Announces Release Date of the Invitation to Negotiate for SMMC Re-Procurement

The Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for the re-procurement of the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program will be posted on or around July 14, 2017. The ITN will be posted to the Florida Department of Management Services’ Vendor Bid System website.

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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.

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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.



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