For more than five decades, the Florida Council for Community Mental Health, Inc. has actively served Florida’s community mental health and substance abuse services agencies by advocating for funding, policy and legislation to ensure that all Floridians have access to comprehensive, high quality behavioral health care services. The Council’s member agencies include a broad range of provider types, ranging from small specialty organizations to comprehensive treatment organizations with multiple locations within a geographic region.
The mission of the Council is achieved by promoting the welfare of persons with behavioral disorders and those needing behavioral health care services through:
- Advocating, initiating and supporting action designed to continually improve the quality of substance use disorder and mental health treatment services.
- Encouraging the establishment and maintenance of the highest professional standards for behavioral health care services.
- Encouraging, promoting and supporting the continuous recruitment and development of quality professional staff.
- Providing members with a forum for exchanging information, ideas, problems and solutions.
- Promoting the cooperation of its members with other individuals and organizations engaged in related activities.
- Developing, maintaining and strengthening the affiliated network of provider members.
- Serving as a catalyst to member agencies to assist people with mental illnesses and/or addiction disorders and agency staff in the event of natural and manmade disasters to assure continuity of mental health, alcohol abuse and drug abuse treatment, rehabilitation and/or prevention services.
The business affairs of the Council are managed by a Board of Directors elected by the organizational member agencies’ chief executive officers or equivalent or designee.
The Council’s standing committees serve as vehicles for members to address issues such as policy, standards of care and practice, legislation, funding, public relations and advocacy. These committees offer an opportunity for members to jointly develop solutions to common problems, and to contribute to innovation in service delivery.
Education, Training and Technical Assistance
Providing relevant and accessible education and training for members is a major Council role. An extensive agenda of workshops is presented each year at the Council's annual Behavioral Health conference to assist agencies in meeting the continuing education needs of professional staff.
The Council’s annual Administrator’s Forum provides a unique and customized professional development opportunity for financial, human resources and information technology professionals who working with and for behavioral health organizations. The individual workshops offered at the Administrator’s Forum feature nationally recognized experts in accounting, reimbursement, employment law, technology and data systems.
Additional one to two-day workshops and/or informational meetings are scheduled throughout the year to address other training needs identified by members.
Through telephone consultation and/or on-site visits, highly trained and skilled Council staff offer specialized technical assistance to member agencies. FCCMH staff members have expertise in various areas, such as Medicaid policy, evaluation and research, managed care, child welfare policy, SAMH policy, state and federal funding, state regulations and media relations. These staff members are available to help members cut through the red tape and resolve problems, as well as to support members in the day-to-day operations of their organizations. The Council also frequently contracts with specialty consultants to help meet training or technical assistance needs identified by members.
Council publications inform members of new developments in the behavioral health care field, relevant legislation, state agency regulatory actions and other timely issues. These publications include the Quarterly Florida Council Newsletter and the FCCMH Bill Track which is published during each legislative session to keep members abreast of progress on relevant bills. The Council’s web site at www.fccmh.org helps keep members informed of policy developments, other news and events. It also serves as a portal to information about member agencies for the general public. Additionally, informal communication is provided via email to keep members up to date on the ever changing news in legislative, policy and regulations.