– SMA Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (SMA) is pleased to announce that

Membership

There are many benefits to membership in the Florida Council for Community Mental Health. These include:

  • Effective Legislative Advocacy
  • Education
  • Effective Communications
  • Consultation/Technical Assistance
  • Policy Analysis
  • Representation

Find out more and join today!



CORPORATE PARTNER
Members

Platinum
Beacon Health Options
Magellan

Gold
Credible Behavioral Health Software
Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company
Netsmart
Broward BH Coalition
Central FL BH Network, Inc.
South Florida BH Network
Lutheran Services Florida

Silver
Alkermes
Johnson & Johnson

Bronze
Otsuka
University of South Florida - Medicaid Drug Therapy Program

Find out more and join today!



Contribute

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Action for Behavioral Health Care
Action for Behavioral Health Care is the Florida Council for Behavioral Healthcare's vehicle for providing financial support for candidates who share the organization’s goals for the community behavioral health care system and the people it serves. We accept donations through PayPal, a secure service for which you do not need an account. Please click the button below to contribute.

 

2015 ABC Campaign Form
The updated form is available for download.
Download the form here.




Tobacco Free Florida

Help Your Patients
Quit Smoking

If your patients are ready to take the next step in quitting, refer them to Florida’s free and evidence-based resources.

Visit the website here.



Tobacco Free Florida and the FSU College of Medicine are working to expand access to treatment for tobacco dependency to people with mental health and substance abuse disorders. These individuals have significantly higher tobacco use prevalence rates compared to the general population, experience stronger withdrawal symptoms, and are less likely to have stopped smoking over their lifetime. Like other smokers, smokers with mental illness ARE interested in quitting and are able to quit when supported with evidence-based treatments. If you would like information about helping your clientele quit tobacco, please contact Andrée Aubrey at FSU College of Medicine at 850-645-6439 or andree.aubrey@med.fsu.edu. There are many resources available to you including scholarships for staff training, technical assistance with incorporating services at your site and other resources to support a tobacco project.

Visit the website here.

News

Let’s cure the chronic underfunding of mental health services

Article from the Lakeland Ledger:

On March 1, the Peace River Center will break ground on a new Lakeland facility. The 20-bed, estimated $2.7 million crisis-treatment center will complement Peace River’s existing 30-bed unit in Bartow. Thus, by the end of this year, the number of beds available for the poor souls, including children, needing immediate evaluation and help for a mental health meltdown will jump by two-thirds.
Click here to read the entire article.
(02.02.16)

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Call for Presentations is Now Open!

Florida's Premier Behavioral Health Annual Conference
Providing Value in Challenging Times is presented in partnership by the Florida Council for Community Mental Health and Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association.

We are currently seeking proposals for workshop presentations on relevant and/or emerging topics in the behavioral health field. The Annual Conference will take place at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, August 10-12, 2016.

The online form allows you to upload all documents required for submission as well as create and complete the application. First round acceptance e-mails will be sent at the beginning of April. The deadline for proposal submission is March 25, 2016.

Submit your presentation proposal online here.
Download the Marketing Prospectus here.
(01.27.16)

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Free workshop - Addressing Tobacco in Behavioral Health - 03/16/2016 - Hollywood

Please join us for a workshop entitled "The Need For Addressing Tobacco in Behavioral Health" presented by Dr. Jill Williams. The target audience includes physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and/or administrators who provide for individuals with behavioral health (mental illness or addictions) problems and use tobacco. The workshop is provided without charge and continuing education credits are offered.
Download the training flyer here.
Register for the event here.
(01.26.16)

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Economic/Budget Overview, 012116
As presented by Amy Baker in the FCCMH January Board Meeting in Tallahassee, 012116

Download the document here.
(1.22.16)

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2016 Adolescent Conference being held April 20-21, 2016 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida
The Florida Council is extremely excited to partner with FJJA on this event and look forward to providing our members with another top notch training resource. The Council will begin building a strong behavioral health component for the conference and we are looking for conference workshop proposals.
The Adolescent Conference helps to improve the professional skills of child serving agencies who work with delinquent, dependent and community youth. For the past 20 years, FJJA has convened the conference bringing together statewide and community providers, public-sector staff, educators, law enforcement, clinicians and many other stakeholders offering high-quality presentations on topics of interest.

Download the Save The Date document here.
(1.15.16)

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Harold Robert "Bob" Sharpe, 69, of Tallahassee, FL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015.
Bob served the people of Florida for 33 years, having served as the Florida Medicaid Director, and Director of Health Policy for Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration. After retiring from the State of Florida, he served as the President and CEO of the Florida Council for Community Mental Health, an advocacy organization representing community-based mental health and substance abuse organizations throughout Florida. Following his work with the Council, Bob served as a consultant for the Florida State University Center for Integrated Health Care within the FSU College of Medicine, which facilitates innovations in the integration of behavioral health with medical care throughout Florida. During this time he served as a member of the State Board of Directors for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in Florida.

Donations can be made to Big Bend Hospice or a charity of your choice.
(12.30.15)

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Map of Florida counties by Managing Entity region
Download the map here.
(12.21.15)

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"Definition of insanity"
Fourth article in a series in the Tampa Bay Times.
Read the full article here.
(12.21.15)

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AHCA updates a resource for Psychotherapeutic Medication guidelines
Read the full update here.
(12.15.15)

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LifeStream's Anthony House helps mom stay off drugs
Article in today's Orlando Sentinel.
Read the full article here.
(12.10.15)

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The Baker/Marchman work product has been released
Download the documentation here.
(12.10.15)


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