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


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!


Beacon Health Options

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

Johnson & Johnson

University of South Florida - Medicaid Drug Therapy Program
Florida State University - College of Medicine

Find out more and join today!


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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.

Download the 2017 Legislative Session Dates 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.


Governor Scott proclaims Suicide Prevention Day for April 6, 2017

Join us in Tallahassee for this event..

Click here to read the proclaimation



Gainesville Sun Editorial: Make investment in mental health

Whether you're a fiscal conservative or bleeding-heart liberal, you shouldn't want jails and prisons to serve as a substitute for mental health facilities.

Programs that keep individuals with serious mental illnesses and addictions out of the criminal justice system are a much better investment. Treatment and services that help these individuals become productive community members are both more compassionate and less costly in the long run than repeat arrests and emergency room visits.

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare's CEO Maggie Labarta is mentioned in the article.

Click here to read the Gainesville Sun article



Apalachee Center Opens Primary Care Clinic in Gadsden County

Apalachee Center is one of 24 grantees in the Southeast, and one of 12 in Florida awarded a 4-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Primary Care and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) Program to support and promote better primary care and behavioral health services for individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders in Gadsden County.

Click here to visit the Apalachee Center website



National Governors Association Opioid Road Map Executive Summary

The road map is the result of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
(NGA Center) Health Division and Homeland Security and Public Safety Division’s work on
prescription opioid misuse and heroin since 2012.

The road map is a tool to help states respond to the opioid crisis with effective health care and public safety strategies across the continuum from prevention and early identification to treatment and recovery.

Download the publication here



Florida's 2nd Annual Perinatal Mental Health Conference, April 8, 2017

This conference provides an opportunity for various stakeholders throughout Florida to exchange information, forge collaborations, and increase awareness around perinatal mental health issues. Medical and clinical providers, researchers, advocates and all professionals working with women and families are encouraged to attend.

Click here to download the conference flyer



Lakeview’s newest charitable venture

Making the Fox 13 news in Tampa! Serving those with behavioral health needs.

Watch the video here



The Peer Specialist Skills Discovery Conference May 8–10, 2017

This event is targeted for individuals working as Certified Recovery Peer Specialists, have received the CRPS training, or in the process of obtaining their certification to discover and learn new skills to enhance their ability to obtain employment in the mental health field. 

Click here to submit presenation proposals.

For more information on scholarship opportunities or how to register, please contact NAMI CLEAR Training Coordinator, Betsy Westuba betsey@namicollier.org



You are invited to a double ribbon cutting celebration!

Gracepoint opens the Central Receiving Facilty for MH & SA.
Friday, March 3, 2017 @ 9:00am
2212 E Henry Ave., Tampa, FL 33610

For more information please contact:
or call 813.239.8083



Meridian Behavioral Healthcare named in National Council's 2017 Awards of Excellence

Congratulations to Meridian Behavioral Healthcare for the selection as honoree of "Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management".

See more on the National Council's website



DCF releases the 2016 Annual Report of the Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council

This report provides an overview of 2014 national suicide statistics, 2015 state suicide statistics, and the activities in 2016 that support the strategic direction and goals in the State’s Suicide Prevention Plan.

Click here to download the report



Memorial tree planted and plaque installed @ the Council

In memorial the Council has planted a Chinese Pistache tree and a bronze plaque in front of the office.



Text, Talk, Act!

In partnership with SAMHSA's Voice Awards, families (those we are born with and those we choose) can come together in a Text, Talk, Act conversation about how to strengthen their family's emotional and behavioral well-being through hope and help.

Click here for more information



Watch the webinar "Addressing Tobacco Use in Menal Health" by Jill M. Williams, MD.

If you were unable to attend the live presentation at the FSU Turnbull Center on June 17, 2016, you may watch this recorded presentation and be eligible to receive CMEs/CEUs.

Watch the presentation online today!

After viewing the presentation, download the form below and fill it out entirely. Email the completed form to kendra@fccmh.org and your CEUs/CMEs will be processed.

Download the CME/CEU form here.

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