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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

Children’s Day at the Capitol

DCF Secretary Chad Poppell, Devereux kids and Lindsey Phillips, Director of External Affairs, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.

Mood-Altering Messenger Goes Nuclear

Serotonin is best known for its role as a chemical messenger in the brain, helping to regulate mood, appetite, sleep, and many other functions. It exerts these influences by binding to its receptor on the surface of neural cells. But startling new work suggests the impact of serotonin does not end there: the molecule also can enter a cell’s nucleus and directly switch on genes.

While much more study is needed, this is a potentially groundbreaking discovery. Not only could it have implications for managing depression and other mood disorders, it may also open new avenues for treating substance abuse and neurodegenerative diseases.
Read the article on the NIH website here.

A Rise In Depression Among Teens And Young Adults Could Be Linked To Social Media Use

A study published on  March 14 in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology finds the percentage of U.S. teens and young adults reporting mental distress, depression and suicidal thoughts and actions has risen significantly over the past decade. While these problems also increased among adults 26 and older, the increase was not nearly as large as among younger people.
Read the article on the NPR website here.

NIH Study Shows Many Preteens Screen Positive for Suicide Risk During ER Visits

“This study shows that children as young as 10 who show up in the emergency department may be thinking about suicide, and that screening all preteens — regardless of their presenting symptoms — may save lives. Otherwise, they may pass through our medical systems undetected.”
Read more here.

President Trumps signs an executive order aimed to prevent veteran suicides.

Learn about VA's suicide prevention resources and programs.
Click here to visit their website.

Veterans who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a Veteran in crisis, can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call 800-273-8255 and press 1, send a text message to 838255 or click here to chat online.

An increasing number of Floridians are losing their lives to overdose - you can help save a life.

Florida has a number of resources for those struggling with substance abuse disorders.
To find treatment click here.
To find how to access naloxone in your area click here.
Discover how to recognize an overdose here.
Save a life. Learn simples steps to save someone from overdose here.

US DOJ announces grant

This grant program provides resources to state, local, and tribal courts to enhance drug court programs and systems for people with addictions convicted of violent crimes, including those related to opioids; and to enhance veterans treatment court programs and systems for people with both addictions and a history of violence related to post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their service. Applications are due April 16th!
Read the details here.

The latest edition of The Florida Nursing Quarterly

Included in this edition are scope of practice, education, regulation and licensure updates along with other news important to your employment & education.
To review click here.

BayCare Medical Group is one of four organizations featured in a paper

FCCMH and FADAA member BayCare Medical Group is one of four organizations featured in a paper published by the Technical Assistance Collaborative showcasing four very different organizations that have successfully integrated SUD treatment and primary medical care.
You can learn about BayCare’s innovative model here.
A condensed version of this paper was published on the AcademyHealth Blog.

“Force to be Reckoned With.”

Daytona-Beach News-Journal article on Ginny LaRue.
The Substance Abuse Task Force is holding a symposium on Jan. 26 to pitch that plan to Volusia County professionals as well as the general public.
Read the article on the News-Journal site here.


DeSantis names former DMS head, IBM lobbyist to lead state child welfare agency

In a press release today, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has named Chad Poppell the new head of the Department of Children and Families, putting the former state workforce agency leader and lobbyist in charge of the state's child welfare arm.
Read the story on the Tampa Bay Times site

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare holds a joint press conference with the Gainesville Police Department, 01/02/19

Back in April, the Gainesville Police Department partnered with Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Inc. to launch the city’s first mental health co-responder team. According to GPD, since April the number of arrests involving people suspected of having a mental health condition has been reduced.
Read the press release here.
Read the April–November 2018 date here.
See the WCJB video here.


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