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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

The 2019 Administrator's Forum agenda is now available

We look forward to seeing you next month!
Read the 2019 agenda here.

Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities

We are currently seeking sponsors for the 2019 Administrator's Forum to be held at The Florida Hotel May 9th–10th in Orlando, Florida. 
Download the marketing prospectus here.
Register as a sponsor here.

CARF will require accredited drug treatment programs to offer suicide prevention therapies starting in June

Health researchers are finding concrete evidence that the two preventable causes of death — which are among the top 10 in the United States — are intrinsically related: People with an opioid addiction are at much higher risk for suicide than the rest of the population; and opioid use was a contributing factor in more than 40% of all suicide and overdose deaths in 2017, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read the article on the PEW website here.

Volusia and Flagler counties in 2018 involved people killing themselves

“We often find that a firearm is involved in a completed suicide,” said Nicole Sharbono, vice president of Volusia County Services for SMA Healthcare. “That’s a very lethal way to attempt suicide, which most likely will lead to a completed suicide.”

Read the article on the Daytona Beach News-Journal website


Collaborative Responses to Child Abuse & Neglect

Casework practice in child protective services includes cross-system collaborations. Because many families receiving child welfare services may benefit from a variety of agencies, coordination of efforts is more likely to result in positive outcomes than if each system focuses independently on its own issue-related services. This section contains resources and information about collaboration among child welfare and other human service agencies.
To read more, click here.

Senator Lauren Book Receives Child Mind Institute’s Change Maker Award

Senator Lauren Book has been announced the winner of the national Child Mind Institute’s Change Maker People’s Choice Award for her efforts to create awareness of child sexual abuse and educate people about the topic through her nonprofit foundation, Lauren’s Kids. A survivor herself, Senator Book’s advocacy focuses on prevention, disclosure and healing.
Read the details here.

Do you know the four common types of child abuse and neglect?

The CDC’s research and programs work to understand the problem of child abuse and neglect and prevent them before they begin. Children under the age of 18 may be exposed to abuse and neglect by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher). 
Watch the video here.

April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

In 2016, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. We know that the majority of them obtained those prescription drugs from family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet.  
To locate a year-round authorized collector in your area click here.
Learn how to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day click here.

"Identifyting, Accessing, and Treating Opioid Misuse"

Join the FSU College of Social Work and Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Families, and Children for this presentation by Daniel Dunleavy, MSW. Friday April 12, 2019, 11:30 am – 12:30pm. | University Center Building C (296 Champions Way), room 1701. No registration is required. For more information, contact Ellen Piekalkiewicz via email here.

After a School Tragedy...Readiness, Response, Recovery, & Resources

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (funded by SAMHSA) released his 7 page PDF provides strategies, guidance, and a list of resources which can help schools be prepared to support students and families after the experience of violence or trauma in their communities.
Visit the MGTTC website to download the .pdf here.

CNN: Number of children going to ER with suicidal thoughts, attempts doubles, study finds

According to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, between 2007 and 2015, the estimated number of annual Emergency Department (ED) visits for Suicide Attempts/Suicidal Ideation increased from 580,000 to 1.12 million. Conversely, there was no statistically significant change in total ED visits during the same period.
Read the article on the CNN website.
Read the AMA article here.

Melanie Brown-Woofter quoted r.e. state opioid epidemic

"Our state is facing a serious opioid epedemic that has touched nearly every county and scores of families".
Read the release here.

Citrus Family Care Network Selected As Child Welfare Lead Agency

Citrus Family Care Network is proud to announce that it has been selected as the Child Welfare Community Based Care (CBC) Lead Agency for the Southern Region by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).
See more on the Citrus website.
Read the press release here.

Why Pinwheels for Prevention?

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. What our research showed, and what our experiences since then have borne out, is that people respond to the pinwheel. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.
Read more on the Ounce of Prevention website.

AHCA Expanding Mental Health Treatment Services

Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) Secretary Mary Mayhew announced that federal approval has been granted to allow the Agency to create a housing assistance pilot program as part of the Florida Medicaid program. 
Read the press release here.

Request for Application for FACT teams in Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Palm Beach County

We are soliciting 3 FACT Teams to serve our network!
Please visit the webpage.
Download the informational/application document here.

2019 BHCon Keynote Speaker Announced!

We are pleased to present Allison Massari -Transforming Lives: the Art of Person-Centered Care.
Click here for additional information.

The Park Avenue office has a blue pinwheeel garden!

Pinwheels represent the playful innocence of childhood. Each April, during National Child Abuse Prevention month, we plant a pinwheel garden as a reminder of our shared responsibility to protect our children from the trauma of abuse and neglect. The sunlight reflected off the pinwheels is a symbol of the precious light of hope and optimism that all children should have within their hearts. Research has proven that adverse experiences during childhood can dim – and even extinguish – that light. Let’s all do what we can to protect our children so their inner lights can illuminate a bright and promising future.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Florida!

Governor Ron DeSantis has recognized that Florida's future depends on the healthy development of it's children.
Read the proclamation here.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Takes Major Steps to Combat Florida’s Opioid Crisis

“Substance abuse is a serious public health concern and although great progress has been made, the opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities throughout our state,” said Governor DeSantis. “These issues require effective and immediate action and my administration is committed to taking the necessary steps to combat this crisis.”
Read the entire story here.

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