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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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Banyan Community Health Centers and Citrus Health Network receive awards across several categories of quality improvement

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has announced the FY 2018 Quality Improvement Awards to 1,352 community health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. The awards include funding for health centers to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the value of health care delivery in the communities they serve.
Review all Health Center Quality Improvement FY 2018 Grant Awards here.
(09.07.18)


State reaches deal on Medicaid mental health

FCCMH Presient/CEO Melanie B rown-Woofter is quoted in this article.
Patients with serious mental illness may have an increased choice of health-care providers under an agreement between the state and one of the largest Medicaid mental-health plans.
Read the entire story here.
(09.06.18)



September is Suicide Prevention Month

Melissa Whitmeier
Director of Training and Community Engagement, FL LINC Project
Melissa kicks off Suicide Prevention month.
Read her article here.
(09.04.18)


Save the Date! 2018 Florida Behavioral Health Summit

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | B Resort and Spa | Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Join Us, Joe Parks, AHCA Secretary Justin Senior & Medicaid Director Beth Kidder, plus a host of additonal industry stakeholders and policy specialists with the goal of developing a blueprint for an improved behavioral health system of care in Florida.
Reserve your spot now!
Visit the registration page here. 
Download the agenda here.
(08.28.18)

Florida State administrators launch campaign for all 6,000 new students

The campaign is designed to teach them how to cope with both everyday stressors and early trauma, which is shown to lead to greater health problems.
Read the article here.
(08.28.18)


Florida law requiring schools inquire about students' mental health raises privacy concerns

Scott Burgess, CEO of the David Lawrence Center, which works closely with Collier schools on mental health initiatives, said he worried the stigma associated with mental health issues would prevent some parents from accurately completing the form. 
Read the article on the Naples Daily News site here.
(08.24.18) 

Congrats to the 2018 Professional of the Year recipients!

Our winners were presented their awards at the luncheon today @ BHCon!

Supervisor/Administrator of the Year- Beverly Belli, Children’s Services Administrator, David Lawrence Center.
Direct Service Provider of the Year- Stacy Lewis, Foster Parent Licensing Supervisor, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.
Peer Specialist of the Year- D’Tara Rollins, Certified Peer Specialist, Life Management Center of Northwest Florida.
View the highlight photos on the 2018 BHCon Facebook page here.
Download the 2018 Professional of the Year/Fellows brochure here.
(08.16.18)


BHCon 2018 kicks off in Orlando!

L to R- Mark Fontaine, Babette Hankey, Senator Rouson, Bill Gardam and Melanie Brown-Woofter.
(08.15.18)


Summer digital edition of Florida Board of Nursing journal

The July edition is now available.
Review the July issue here.
(08.13.18)

 

A Shorter—but Effective—Treatment for PTSD

“The findings of the study suggest that PTSD can be treated with fewer sessions than previously thought and with less burden on the patient and the therapist,” said lead study author Denise Sloan, Ph.D., an associate director at the National Center for PTSD in the VA Boston Healthcare System and professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.
Read the article on the NIH website here.
(08.10.18)


Notification of patient overdose deaths reduces clinician opioid prescriptions

Clinicians were more likely to reduce the number and dose of opioid drugs they prescribed after learning that one of their patients had died from an overdose from a controlled substance than those not notified, according to a recent study appearing in the August 10 issue of Science. 
Read the article on the NIH website here
(08.09.18)

 

Florida Students Will Have to Report if They’ve Accessed Mental Health Services

Jane Johnson with the Florida Council for Community Mental Health says language in the law is vague, leaving many questions unanswered like what exactly needs to be reported.
Read the article here.
(07.24.18)

Refocusing efforts to improve Florida’s mental health system

Joe Rutherford's article on the Florida Politics website.

In a health crisis, individuals turn to hospital emergency rooms across Florida to stabilize an escalating medical condition. Individuals impacted by mental illness require the same access to emergency care. People in crisis, their families, and law enforcement need a trusted resource to provide immediate care designed to assess and treat.
Read the article here.
(07.24.18)

 

DOH has recently proposed an agency rule to comply with HB 21, re: Opioids

This rule would allow 7 medical associations to offer the training course on prescribing opioids every two years. The proposed rule is attached. Comments can be made here: https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/View_notice.asp?id=20658398.
A copy of the rule may be downloaded there as well.
(07.23.18)

Meridian Behavioral Health represented in Washington

Leah Vail Compton Meridian's vice president of forensic services (shown ont the right), at the Department of Justice in D.C. Working hard at every level.
(07.20.18)

DCF is hosting seven community discussions on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health in August and September

The purpose of the meetings is to gather early childhood partners to discuss what is happening around the state, facilitate connections, and discuss next steps towards supporting services for early childhood mental health. Providers and those involved with the 0-5 population are invited to attend.
 
Meeting information and corresponding registration links may be reviewed here.

If you have any questions, please contact Twila Jowers at twila.jowers@myflfamilies.com or 850-717-4432.
(07.12.18)
 

NAMI Florida announces 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference

The 2018 event will be held Sept. 28–29, at the B Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, FL
Review the tentative agenda here.
Review sponsorship opportunities here.
(07.09.18)



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