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Our hearts are with the students, families, teachers, friends and neighbors whose lives have been affected by the recent tragic events at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. ALL of Florida's community behavioral health centers are available to support those who are grappling with grief and confusion over this incomprehensible tragedy.

We are especially thankful for our colleagues at Henderson Behavioral Healthcare, who did not hesitate in their response to help victims, families and friends cope with the immediate aftermath of the shooting. The professional staff at Henderson Behavioral Healthcare will continue to provide services and support as needed.

We want to thank the leadership of the Senate and the House and Governor Scott for recognizing the importance of access to mental health services by pledging additional resources for mental health services and school safety. 

The Florida Council strongly supports efforts to strengthen collaboration between local school systems and local, nationally accredited community mental health centers that provide a full continuum of services for all ages. These collaborations allow community-serving systems with shared priorities to leverage their respective resources to improve the overall health and well-being of students, families and communities.

Florida’s Community Mental Health Centers provide a vital behavioral health safety net for communities. Our centers stand ready to help you.

Emergency crisis and grief mental health services for victims and families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting.

Henderson Behavioral Health is providing emergency and immediate crisis mental health services as a result of the tragic incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Anyone who needs help can call their Crisis Hotline at 954-463-0911. Crisis and grief counseling location information is available at the Henderson website below. 

Visit the Henderson website.


In the News

The either-or debate over mental health and gun violence

FCCMH member Steven Ronik, CEO of Henderson Behavioral Health has written an article which appeared in the online version of the Sun Sentinel.

Now, in our backyard, we have experienced the second-worst school shooting in American history.
So we look for answers. Any answers. Hopefully a simple answer. But the answer is both simple and it’s not. The continuing and polarizing debate that seeks to attribute gun violence to either mental health conditions or access to guns is not an either-or argument. It’s both-and, but at the same time it’s much more attributable to one area than the other.
Read the article in it's entirety here.


The Power of Pets - Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions

Nothing compares to the joy of coming home to a loyal companion. The unconditional love of a pet can do more than keep you company. Pets may also decrease stress, improve heart health, and even help children with their emotional and social skills.
Read the article on the NIH website.

Child Abuse Prevention Research Symposium

April 26 & 27, 2018 | The Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center, Tallahassee
The Florida Institute for Child Welfare is proud to partner with the FSU College of Social Work and the Florida Mental Health Institute to host a research symposium on child abuse prevention.
Attendance is free but registration is required. Space is limited. Registration opens February 26, 2018.
For additional information or to register click here.

Florida Medicaid Health Care Alert - All Substance Use Disorder Treatment Options and Prevention

Governor Rick Scott has declared the opioid epidemic a state of emergency in Florida (see Executive Order 17-146).  In response to the opioid crisis, the Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) is implementing provisions under the Florida Medicaid program to assist in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. 

Medication-assisted treatment combines behavioral health therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. Florida Medicaid covers an array of behavioral health therapies and prescribed drugs (e.g., Naltrexone, Buprenorphine, Methadone, etc.) to treat substance use disorders and does not limit the length of time recipients may receive treatment.
Review more information here.

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices released by The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Mental Health Program (WICHE MHP) and Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

First developed in 2009, the toolkit has been updated to align with Zero Suicide, a nationally recognized framework for providing safer and more comprehensive suicide care in health and behavioral health care settings. Toolkit hard copies, pocket guides, orientation, and training are available by contacting WICHE MHP at 303-541-0311 or mentalhealthmail@wiche.edu.
Review more information here.

FIU-BRIDGE and FIU Herbert Wertheim College of  Medicine invites you to participate in a JOB FAIR

May 18th, 2018, 10:00am-12:00pm, FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus
To register please contact Dr. Aniuska Luna PhD, at aniluna@fiu.edu or (305) 348-9076 by May 4th, 2018. There is no cost for employers to participate.
Download the flyer here.

January 2018 OPPAGA report

A January 2018 OPPAGA report found that while Medicaid Program Integrity continues to identify and collect overpayments to fee-for-service providers, its data analytics vendor did not perform as expected and the contract was not renewed. The Agency for Health Care Administration could further improve its program integrity efforts by establishing evaluation criteria and performance measures. MPI’s review of managed care plans does not include performance standards.
Read the story here.

Florida Department of Children and Familes Suicide Coordinating Council Report

Read the story here.

Study of first-graders shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in U.S. communities

Read the story on the NIH website here.

The Zero Suicide webinar titled "Improving Care for Homeless Patients at Risk for Suicide" is now available on the Zero Suicide website​

Visit the website here.

Governor Rick Scott proclamation for Florida Suicide Prevention Day

February 21, 2018.
Down the document here.

Joe Rutherford, CEO Gracepoint and the Jr. League of Greater Tampa Bay

The Jr. League founded Gracepoint (formerly Mental Health Care) in 1949.

Representative Silvers with Dr. Linda DePiano, CEO of Jerome Golden Center

Behavioral Health, 2018 Palm Beach County Day at the Capitol.

Trump administration halts ‘evidence-based’ program that evaluates behavioral health therapies

In an email dated Jan. 4 and sent to program developers, the contractor hired by SAMHSA to work on the registry said, “It is with great regret that we write to inform you that on December 28, 2017, we received notification from SAMHSA that the NREPP contract is being terminated for the convenience of the government.
Read the report on the Statnews site here.

DCF 2017 Annual Report Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council

From the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Read the report here

Charlotte Behavioral Health Care’s newest HOPE Starts Here newsletter

It is packed full of information regarding the exciting things that have happened and are happening at CBHC.
Review the newsletter here

Their Only Option: Uninsured Struggle To Find Mental Health Care

Florida ranks at or near the bottom in support for mental health funding. And the state has few mental health providers. A recent study showed there were about 145 mental health providers for every 100,000 Floridians. Massachusetts has nearly four times that.
Read more here

Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S.

Life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for the second straight year, in part because of the surge of overdoses on opioids, such as oxycodone.
Read more here

March 4–7, 2018, Hilton Downtown Hotel, Tampa

Widely known as the Tampa Conference, this annual conference has been a leader in promoting the development of the research base essential to improved service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families.
Read more here

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