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

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.

Today is Children's Awareness Day! Caring for every child's mental health. 

The Awareness Day 2018 national event in Washington, DC, will feature an interactive town hall discussion on strategies for making child-serving systems more trauma-informed. The webcast titled "Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma" will take place on Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC, at The George Washington University’s Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre.
Watch the webcast here.

Discover additional Awareness Day resources list for Child Traumatic Stress.
Click to go to the SAMHSA site here.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. 

Download "How the #4MIND4BODY cahllenge works here.

Florida State Board of Nursing - Volume 4. Issue 2. Spring 2018

The latest edition of The Florida Nursing Quarterly newsletter is now available!
To read this edition click here.


Do You Focus on Fitness #4Mind4Body?

This May is Mental Health Month; the Florida Council is raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health, through the theme Fitness #4Mind4Body. The campaign is meant to educate and inform individuals about how eating healthy foods, gut health, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you healthy all around.
Download the article today.
Visit the Mental Health America page here.

State law enforcement officer tapped to direct new Office of Safe Schools

The Department of Education announced the news Tuesday evening, on the deadline Gov. Rick Scott set.
Read the article on the Tampa Bay Times website here.

Let Mental Health First Aid Make You a Winner This Month!

May is Mental Health Month, and I can’t think of a more appropriate way to mark the occasion than to announce the launch of #BeKindBeTheDifference – a contest sponsored by the National Council and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to encourage people to get trained in Mental Health First Aid. Anyone can learn to be the difference for someone who is experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis if they know what to say and what to do, and those are the skills Mental Health First Aid teaches.
Read the details on the National Council's website here!

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week - Join the #RealMotherhood 5-Day Challenge

We're asking you to get real about motherhood by sharing photos and posts that show the real face of motherhood. Images can be light-hearted or serious- it's up to you! They can be of meds you had to get on, dirty dishes overflowing out of your sink, going to work with baby vomit on your shirt, or your beautiful, glowing, stretch mark skin.
Sign up to take the challenge here.
Watch the video here (26 sec.).

DCF holds steering committee on executive order to enhance behavioral health and law enforement collaboration

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) today convened the first meeting of the Executive Steering Committee on Executive Order 18-81 in Tallahassee. Governor Scott signed the order on March 26, directing DCF to enhance collaboration with law enforcement in each Florida county to improve the coordination of behavioral health services for individuals in need. 
To view Executive Order 18-81, click HERE.​

August 30 - May 4 is Maternal Mental Health Week

This year's theme is #RealMotherhood #NoShame.
Getting real about motherhood is healthy for everyone.
For information please visit the Blue Dot Project website here.

Collaborating with Florida’s Managing Entitles on Behavioral Health Services for School Children

Florida Association for District School Superintendents.

FCCMH members and staff attend the Florida Association of District School Superintendents meeting

L to R: Dr. Jay Reeve, Senator Bill Montford,  Representative Jason Brodeur, and Jane Johnson at the Association of District School Superintendents meeting in Orlando.

L to R: Dr. Jay Reeve, John Dow and Senator Rene Garcia at the Florida Association of District School Superintendents meeting in Orlando.

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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