Upcoming FCCMH/FCBH Board Meetings

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    8/15/2018 to 8/17/2018 EDT

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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.


In the News

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.

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.

Meridian Awarded Planning Grant Designed to Decriminalize Mental Illness and Addiction in Levy County

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., the largest provider of mental health and substance use disorder services in North Central Florida, has been awarded a $100,000 grant to identify and improve jail diversion strategies for individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorders in Levy County. 
Review the press release here.

Meridian to Utilize Web-Based Program to Provide More Accessible Mental Healthcare

Meridian will now offer services through TAO Connect; a digital health company aiming to make mental health therapy more accessible, efficient, and effective. 
Review the press release here.

Department of Veterans Affairs

This site connects Veterans, their family members and friends, and other advocates with mental health information, local resources, and Veterans’ own inspiring stories of recovery. Visitors can learn about the signs of problems with drugs and alcohol and find sources of support. The site is free and accessible to everyone.
Visit the website here.

Coding Disease and Death

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) is the bedrock for health statistics. It maps the human condition from birth to death: any injury or disease we encounter in life − and anything we might die of − is coded. 
For the first time WHO is classifying gaming disorder as an addictive behaviour disorder.
View the YouTube video here. (The the gaming ICD-11 code begins at the 2 min mark).


Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall for Two Lots of Naloxone

Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling lots 72680LL and 76510LL of Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 0.4 mg/mL, 1 mL in 2.5 mL, Carpuject Single-use cartridge syringe system (NDC 0409-1782-69), to the hospital/institution level due to the potential presence of embedded and loose particulate matter on the syringe plunger.
Read the article on the FDA website here.

Public Service Ad Campaign to Fight Opioid Abuse

The White House announced the release of the first four public service ads related to the opioid epidemic. These particular ads are aimed at educating young people 18-24 about the addictive nature of opioids.  The ads were done through a public/private partnership, with involvement from the White House, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Ad Council, and the Truth Initiative.
Ad Links:
Watch Amy's Story here.
Watch Chris's Story here.
Watch Joe's Stoy here.
Watch Kyle's Story here.

CDC’s June Vital Signs report was released last week 

For this Vital Signs, CDC researchers examined state-level trends in suicide rates from 1999-2016. Additionally, 2015 data from CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System, which covered 27 states, was used to look at the circumstances of suicide among people with, and without, known mental health conditions. The Vital Signs points to ways that states can take a comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention and address the range of factors contributing to suicide.
You can access the Vital Signs report here.
The National Action Alliance released a collective statement available here.

Mark Your Calendars for Virtual Action Day on June 18

We need your help! On Monday, June 18, please join us in tweeting, posting on Facebook, and calling your Senators and Representatives in support of making mental health counselors Medicare-eligible providers! Your voice, together with many voices across the country, will amplify our message to Congress! You will find information about what we are advocating for as a group together, who are our target Senators and Representatives from your state, sample Twitter and Facebook posts and graphics in the packet you can download at www.amhca.org/advocacy/medicare

If you are from one of the following states, your Member of Congress needs to hear from you!
Senate: Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah
House: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas

The May 2018 issue of the Zero to Three Journal

Early Childhood Courts have been found to be a very effective intervention in coordinating two-generation services and utilizing an infant mental health approach in addressing child, parent and relationship needs. The May 2018 issue of the Zero to Three Journal features an analysis of Florida’s Early Childhood Court model and the outcomes achieved through this unique intervention.
Download the publication here.

From Stolen Pills to the U.S. Public Health Services: My Story of Recovery
Christopher Jones, Director of the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory at SAMHSA, and a captain in the Commissioned Corps, tells of his struggle with addition and his story of recovery and giving hope to others.
Read the story on the HHS website here.

The CDC website shows behavioral health service providers by county

Data for pediatricians, family medicine physicians, and psychiatrists were retrieved from the American Medical Association Masterfile. Data for psychologists and licensed social workers were retrieved from Hugo Dunhill.
Visit the site here.

2018 BHCon Keynote Speakers Announced

Read the details here.
Register for the event here.
Review marketing opportunities here.


NAMI presents "Share Your Story" to coincide with Mental Health Month

It’s important for people living with mental health conditions to know that they are not alone. Sharing a story about your personal experiences with mental health challenges can help in your own recovery as well as provide encouragement and support to others with similar experiences.
NAMI offers two safe, moderated spaces for sharing stories and creative expression: You Are Not Alone and OK2Talk

2018 Admin Forum held last week in Orlando

The annual event kicked off Wednesday with the CIO/Tech workgroup (shown above) and ran through Thursday.
Click here to view other images from the event.
Click here to download presentation materials and agendas from the event.

Age-Related Racial Disparity in Suicide Rates Among U.S. Youth

NIH-funded study suggests need for more research into contributing factors; targeted interventions for children.
Read the article on the NIMH website here.

NAMI presents the CureStigma quiz.

Help spread the cure. 
Visit the website here.

Community Event on Opioid Abuse Prevention and Research Education

FSU's Center for the Study & Promotion of Communities, Families and Children present Friday, May 18, 2018 from 8:30am to 10:30am.
Florida State University Alumni Center, 1030 W Tennessee St., Tallahassee, FL 32304
The keynote and panel discussion will highlight the FSU and the Tallahassee community research and services to prevent and fight opioid abuse.
Register for the FREE community event here.

NAMI Children's Mental Health infographics

Click here to download the complete graphic.

Connect children to mental health care

People are often surprised to hear that 25 percent of the patients we treat at Meridian are children. That’s roughly 4,750 school-aged kids — 300 of them ages 1 to 5 — and their stories are often not what most people assume they would be.
Read Dr. Maggie Labarta's article on the Gainesville Sun website here.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Sneak Peek!

Take a look at the marketing opportunities offered for this years conference.
Download the 2018 BHCon Marketing Prospectus here.


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