– SMA Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (SMA) is pleased to announce that


There are many benefits to membership in the Florida Council for Community Mental Health. These include:

  • Effective Legislative Advocacy
  • Education
  • Effective Communications
  • Consultation/Technical Assistance
  • Policy Analysis
  • Representation

Find out more and join today!


Beacon Health Options

Credible Behavioral Health Software
Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company
Broward BH Coalition
Central FL BH Network, Inc.
South Florida BH Network
Lutheran Services Florida

Johnson & Johnson

University of South Florida - Medicaid Drug Therapy Program

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Action for Behavioral Health Care
Action for Behavioral Health Care is the Florida Council for Behavioral Healthcare's vehicle for providing financial support for candidates who share the organization’s goals for the community behavioral health care system and the people it serves. We accept donations through PayPal, a secure service for which you do not need an account. Please click the button below to contribute.

Tobacco Free Florida

Help Your Patients
Quit Smoking

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

Visit the website here.

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 andree.aubrey@med.fsu.edu. 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.

Visit the website here.


Extra mental health funding falls short locally

By Carrie Seidman, The Herald-Tribune

Florida will spend an extra $58 million next year — 6 percent more than this year — to address some of the state's most pressing mental health needs. But little, if any, of that new money will increase resources and services locally.

Read the entire article here.


May Is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Tips for helping a friend in need.

  • Calmness
  • Honesty
  • Non-judgmental attitude
  • Empathy
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reassuring
  • Encouraging

Download the Seven Super Skills poster here.
Visit the Mental Health First Aid website here.


Florida looks to curb suicides

By Margie Menzel The News Service of Florida

Suicide rates are rising for children and young adults, both nationally and statewide — and Florida policymakers are trying to reverse the trend.

Read the entire article here.


Mental Health Symposium Scheduled for May 10th!

To help bring attention to Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation and SMA Behavioral Health Services, Inc. are pleased to announce they are sponsoring a free Mental Health Symposium on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 from 8:00am to 1:00pm in St. Augustine, FL. There is no cost to attend the event and lunch and a t-shirt are included. Media are welcome to attend.

Register for the event here.
Download the flyer here.


May Is Mental Health Awareness Month!

We would like to take the opportunity to bring awareness to this vital facet of our lives. Regretfully many who suffer a mental illness wait after their initial symptoms appear before seeking help. There is still a stigma associated to mental health issues. In most cases, mental illness may be treated in a timely manner, managed with couseling and/or medication.

Visit the Mental Health First Aid website here.


Registration is Now Open!

Florida's Premier Behavioral Health Annual Conference
Providing Value in Challenging Times is presented in partnership by the Florida Council for Community Mental Health and Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association.

Download the Marketing Prospectus here.


Positive feedback from 2016 Adolescent Conference attendee

Kelly Otte is the Executive Director of PACE Center for Girls/Leon. She attended the conference last week and spoke highly about April Lott's workshop!

Click here to read the Tallahassee Democrat article.



Updated agendas for 2016 Administrator's Forum

The most current agendas are now avaialble for download.

Click here to download the agendas.



IMPOWER Mental health services enter the home in pair of new programs

Three years ago, IMPOWER started a pilot project with Florida Medicaid to test telehealth and received a waiver from the Board of Medicine to prescribe non-narcotic controlled substances without a face-to-face meeting with the client. This year, the program was expanded to allow other qualified behavioral health providers to also prescribe via teleconference. And, last month, the Florida Board of Medicine again expanded its approval to allow qualified prescribers using telehealth to issue prescriptions for psychiatric controlled substances.

Click here to read the complete Lakeland Ledger article.


Gracepoint spearheads future apartment complex to shelter the homeless

The project, funded with federal money funneled through the state, will cost about $18 million to build and take a little more than a year to finish. There will be 90 units of affordable housing with at least 45 units of permanent housing set aside for homeless individuals.

Everyone who lives there will have access to fully integrated medical and mental-health care, substance treatment services, pharmacy and on-site social services, all offered through Gracepoint.

Click here to read the complete Tampa Tribune article.


Governor Rick Scott Reappoints FCCMH CEO/President Michael Hansen

In a press released 3/15/16, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Michael Hansen to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. He is reappointed for a term beginning March 15, 2016, and ending January 5, 2019.The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.



The Daytona Blues Foundation presented a $35,000 check to Halifax Health’s Center for Women & Infant Health and a $25,000 WARM this past week from proceeds from the Daytona Blues Festival this past October.

The check was presented to Melissa Murphy, chairman of the Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation, and Carolyn Sentelik, the Executive Director of the Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation.

Click here to read more.


Getting Primary Care at the Psychiatrist’s Office

Some mental-health practices are transforming themselves into health-care hubs for patients who would otherwise fall through the cracks. LifeStream Behavioral Center mentioned in the article.

Click here to read the article on the Atlantic/Kaiser Health News site.


Apalachee Center’s 3rd Annual Community Hero Awards

Apalachee Center recognized notable community advocates for behavioral healthcare with the presentation of awards. The awards are given annually to Floridians who have made exemplary efforts to support individuals living with mental illness.

Click here to read the press release.


Florida Insurance Trust is sponsoring a "Team Management Workshop", May 12, 2016

Terrace Hotel
329 E Main St
Lakeland, FL 33801
T: (863) 688-0800
Room: Lake Mirror Room

Click here to read more.

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