Message from the President/CEO


We are One!

Florida’s One Behavioral Health Association (OBHA). In our first two months of operation we have seated three new boards, held three board meetings, integrated our legislative priorities, and continued to move forward with identifying a new name and logo for our OBHA. We recently hosted a reception and two board meetings in Tallahassee, and were thrilled with the powerful opening response from State Legislators and State Agency leadership. The Monday evening reception catered to more than 80 individuals including Representative Mel Ponder, Representative Cyndi Stevenson, Representative John Cortes, Representative Jennifer Webb, Representative Cindy Polo, Representative Adam Hattersley, and Representative David Smith.

The Advocacy Organization (dba Florida Council for Behavioral Health) Board Meeting was held on Tuesday February 12. During the Advocacy Meeting board members addressed legislative and policy issues with key legislative and agency leadership including AHCA Secretary Mary Mayhew, DCF Secretary Chad Poppell, Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Chair of House Appropriations Travis Cummings who asked questions and listened intently to our responses. The Tallahassee event concluded with our Services Organization (dba Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association) Board Meeting on Wednesday, February 13.

We have much to share with you including legislative updates, state and national policy updates, grant opportunities, member and organizational profiles, and a list of upcoming events. We always welcome your feedback on all our communications.

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