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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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The latest edition of The Florida Nursing Quarterly

Included in this edition are scope of practice, education, regulation and licensure updates along with other news important to your employment & education.
To review click here.

GPS for Parents facilitator training
February 20-21, 2019 at the Lakewood Ranch Hospital in Bradenton

Group Peer Support (GPS) will be hosting a 2-day training for professionals and community leaders who serve and reflect diverse communities including fathers, mothers and gender non-conforming parents; parents who are facing the challenges of new parenting including perinatal emotional complications, addiction, incarceration, racism and other oppressions, as well as parents from diverse traditions and cultures. 
Download the brochure here.
Download the flyer here.

BayCare Medical Group is one of four organizations featured in a paper

FCCMH and FADAA member BayCare Medical Group is one of four organizations featured in a paper published by the Technical Assistance Collaborative showcasing four very different organizations that have successfully integrated SUD treatment and primary medical care.
You can learn about BayCare’s innovative model here.
A condensed version of this paper was published on the AcademyHealth Blog.

“Force to be Reckoned With.”

Daytona-Beach News-Journal article on Ginny LaRue.
The Substance Abuse Task Force is holding a symposium on Jan. 26 to pitch that plan to Volusia County professionals as well as the general public.
Read the article on the News-Journal site here.

Registration is now open for the inaugural Domestic Violence Institute
Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland, Lakeland, FL

Hosted by Peace River Center, the event will include break-out sessions that benefit law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors, judges and community partners who wish to attend.
Download the flyer here.
Visit the registration webpage here.

DeSantis names former DMS head, IBM lobbyist to lead state child welfare agency

In a press release today, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has named Chad Poppell the new head of the Department of Children and Families, putting the former state workforce agency leader and lobbyist in charge of the state's child welfare arm.
Read the story on the Tampa Bay Times site

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare holds a joint press conference with the Gainesville Police Department, 01/02/19

Back in April, the Gainesville Police Department partnered with Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Inc. to launch the city’s first mental health co-responder team. According to GPD, since April the number of arrests involving people suspected of having a mental health condition has been reduced.
Read the press release here.
Read the April–November 2018 date here.
See the WCJB video here.


Federal Loan Repayment Opportunities for BH Professionals

As part of efforts by HRSA to combat the opioid crisis, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has opened the application cycle for two loan repayment programs for Behavioral Health professionals working in designated Health Provider Shortage Areas (HPSA). Both application cycles close on Thursday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Download the application and program information here.

DCF Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council's 2018 Annual Report

New Data Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The office of the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) published three significant reports on the current rates U.S. mortality, and on deaths from drug overdose and suicide.  Links to the summary reports and to the data briefs are below.
Drug Overdose Deaths in the US, 1999-2017
Suicide Mortality in the US, 1999-2017
Mortality in the US, 2017

Telehealth solves psychiatrist shortage for Impower, and much more

Telehealth solves psychiatrist shortage for Impower, and much moreTelemedicine technology has reduced patient no-shows by 50 percent, limited new patient wait times to less than 48 hours, and saved $150,000 in overhead in six months.
Read the article online here.

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