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Visit Us at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), volunteer groups and other agencies are at Disaster Recovery Centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

To speed recovery, survivors are urged to register before visiting a DRC. To register, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST seven days a week until further notice.

Click here to visit the website

(09.28.17)

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FEMA Notice, Amended 9/21/2017

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(09.25.17)

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FEMA Disaster Declaration For Irma

List of Florida Counties Designated for Individual Assistance.

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(09.25.17)

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SAMHSA Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP)

The CCP helps individuals and communities recover from natural and human-caused disasters through community outreach and access to mental health services.

About the CCP:
The CCP is a short-term disaster relief grant for states, U.S. territories, and federally recognized tribes. CCP grants are awarded after a presidential disaster declaration. CCP funding supports community-based outreach, counseling, and other mental health services to survivors of natural and human-caused disasters.

Types of CCP Grants:
The CCP provides supplemental funding to state, territory, or tribal mental health authorities through two grant programs:
The Immediate Services Program (ISP) grant provides funding for up to 60 days after a presidential disaster declaration.
The Regular Services Program (RSP) grant provides funding for up to nine months after a presidential disaster declaration.
To learn more about program milestones and managing a CCP, access the CCP Resource Toolkit

Click here to visit the website

(09.25.17)

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SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center

Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC).
DTAC helps states, U.S. territories, tribes, and local providers plan for and respond to behavioral health needs after a disaster.

Click here to visit the website

(09.25.17)

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Updated Hurricane Irma (DR-4337) Disaster Declaration

The FEMA website has been updated the counties eligible for assistance.

Click here to visit the website

(09.15.17)

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Support Breast Cancer Awareness

The National Breast Cancer Foundation offers the "Breast Health Guide" on their website. Learn more about breast health habits, risks, signs and detection.

Visit the website here

(10.115.17)

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#HillDay17

This week, Florida's behavioral health professionals and their trade associations met with all 27 Congressional offices and with both State senators in Washington DC to advocate for mental health and substance use funding and policy reform!

(10.05.17)

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NIH-funded study to focus on newborns affected by opioids

The National Institutes of Health is funding a new study to evaluate treatment options for newborns with opioid withdrawal syndrome, a condition caused by exposure to opioids during pregnancy. Currently, health care providers in the United States lack standard, evidence-based treatments for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, despite states reporting more cases (link is external) in recent years. The study, called Advancing Clinical Trials in Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (ACT NOW), aims to inform clinical care of these infants.8

(10.05.17)

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Opioid Addiction Medications in Patients Taking Benzodiazepines or CNS Depressants: Drug Safety Communication - Careful Medication Management Can Reduce Risks

RECOMMENDATIONS: Health care professionals should take several actions and precautions and develop a treatment plan when buprenorphine or methadone is used in combination with benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants.

Complete and submit the report online here


Download the form here
or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

(09.28.17)

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House Bill 1121 - Children's Baker Act

House Bill 1121 established the Task Force on Involuntary Treatment of Minors to examine the recent spike in involun­tary examinations of minors in Florida. Council members April Lott and Melis­sa Larkin Skinner serve as task force appointees, and staff and other Council members including Theresa Rulien and Maggie Labarta have been participating in the meetings.

DCF Assistant Secretary for SAMH John Bryant is leading this effort for the De­partment, and he aptly concluded at the August meeting that the increase in Bak­er Act exams of minors is a complicated, multivariate issue with many external and environmental factors contributing to the uptick.

The next meeting of the task force will take place on TH, 9/28 from 9a–4p at the DCF headquarters in Tallahassee.
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July 20th meeting.
Click here for minutes and presentations

August 18th Meeting.
Click here for minutes and presentations

(09.28.17)

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Update for Methadone Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs for Opioid Disorders in Response to the Emergency Rule, 65DER 17-1, F.A.C.

Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, the Department has extended the applicant submission dates. Applications will now be accepted at Department headquarters from October 2, 2017 at 8 a.m. Eastern Time until October 23, 2017, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications must be delivered to the following address: Florida Department of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, 1317 Winewood Boulevard, Building 6, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0700.

Click here to read the update

(09.25.17)

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Additional Number of Opioid Treatment Programs Needed

County by county assessment.

Click here to review the counties

(09.25.17)

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Application Forms to Apply for Licensure

Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, the Department has extended the applicant submission dates. Applications will now be accepted at Department headquarters from October 2, 2017 at 8 a.m. Eastern Time until October 23, 2017, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications must be delivered to the following address: Florida Department of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, 1317 Winewood Boulevard, Building 6, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0700.

Click here to download the mh4036 provider application

Click here to download the mh4037 provider application

(09.25.17)

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Update for Methadone Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs for Opioid Disorders in Response to the Emergency Rule, 65DER 17-1, F.A.C.

Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, the Department has extended the applicant submission dates. Applications will now be accepted at Department headquarters from October 2, 2017 at 8 a.m. Eastern Time until October 23, 2017, at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Applications must be delivered to the following address: Florida Department of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, 1317 Winewood Boulevard, Building 6, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0700.

Click here to read the update

(09.25.17)

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DCF to Conduct Needs Assessment for Expansion of Methadone Medication-Assisted Treatment

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) this week revised state rule to expand methadone medication-assisted treatment to help fight the national opioid epidemic in Florida. The emergency rule for 65D-30.014, Florida Administrative Code, was adopted through emergency rulemaking as a result of Governor Rick Scott signing Executive Order 17-146 on May 3, declaring a statewide Public Health Emergency and directing the immediate draw down of grant funds through the federal State Targeted Response the Opioid Crisis Grant. 

Click here to read the needs assessment

(09.25.17)

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The September 2017 issue of The Council Connection newletter is available

Our lastest version full of BHCon photos, timely articles and the latest news.

Click here to get download the .pdf

(09.25.17)

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PREVENTION & AWARENESS - 3 Common Misbeliefs About Suicide

The ActiveMinds blog has a downloadable document available in hopes of changing the conversation about mental health. 

Click here to read the article and download the file

(09.22.17)

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September is Suicide Prevention Month - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Call 1-800-273-8255

Click here to get more information

(09.19.17)

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Senator Nelson provides FEMA disaster assistance information

Hurricane Irma was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, prompting one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history. If you’re eligible, it’s important that you get your FEMA claim in as soon as possible, without delay

Click here to get more information

(09.19.17)

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CDC and National Center for Health Satistics show increase in suicide in the US, 1999-2014

Suicide is an important public health issue involving psychological, biological, and societal factors (1,2). After a period of nearly consistent decline in suicide rates in the United States from 1986 through 1999 (3), suicide rates have increased almost steadily from 1999 through 2014. 

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(09.18.17)


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