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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

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.

BHCon 2018 kicks off in Orlando!

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

Summer digital edition of Florida Board of Nursing journal

The July edition is now available.
Review the July issue here.

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.

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

BHCon2018 | Registration Savings Extended until Thursday, 8/9

Advanced registration discount rates are still available!
Visit the BHCon registration page here.
Sneak peek of the 2018 Schedule At A Glance available here!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2018 BHCon Keynote Speakers Announced

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

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