– 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

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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.


Linda De Piano, PhD, Recognized for Behavioral Health Leadership.

On Friday, April 21st, Linda received the Bruce Rendina Professional Hero Award from the Palm Beach County Medical Society. She will also receive the Women in Leadership Award for the nonprofit sector from Executive Women of the Palm Beaches on May 11th.

Download the news release here



2017 Admin Forum agenda has been posted.

We are looking forward to a fabulous group of speakers and engaged conversations in Orlando next month!

Download the agenda here



Prince William and Lady Gaga have teamed up to tackle mental illness.

A great collaboration.

Watch the video on MIC here



We're facing a critical psychiatric shortage.

The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s mental health and addictions treatment organizations. In a recent report, their Medical Director Institute delved into how we can fix it:

Download the flyer here



FSU College of Medicine, Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Offering a new article "Tobacco and Your Business".

Click here to read the entire article.



Two new resources aimed at improving community-based suicide prevention efforts nationwide

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) and its partners including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)—recently released the following resources:

Transforming Communities: Key Elements for Comprehensive Community-Based Suicide Prevention

Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices



Meridian Receives Award of Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare inc., received the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Award of Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management for their Forensics program at the NatCon17 Gala.

Click here to read the news release



NAMI and Suicide Prevention at The Capitol

Working together to adequately fund the community behavioral health system of care in Florida while bringing awareness and acceptance of those effected.



Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects

2017 Call for Proposals Release Date: April 5, 2017 | Application Deadline: May 02, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET

Please note this new funding opportunity to advance culturally relevant strategies for building resilience in young men and boys of color who have experienced trauma.

If you have questions, please contact Jane Johnson, Director of Advocacy & External Relations.

Email Jane here

Click here to read the 2017 Call for Proposal



Awakening of the Creative Mind: Healing and Recovery Through Creative Expression

Apalachee Center's annual art show is Friday, April 21nd, 2017 12:00pm-2:00pm.

Click here to read the flyer



Crisis center redo begins new CEO’s tenure at Centerstone of Florida

Melissa Larkin-Skinner began her new career as Centerstone of Florida’s new chief executive officer Wednesday by taking charge of a $3 million expansion of the Crisis Stabilization Center at Centerstone’s Behavioral Hospital & Addiction Center in Bradenton.

Click here to read the entire story on the Bradenton Herald website



Florida House panel proposes $622 million cut to hospital funding

From 2009-15, the Florida Legislature cut $100 million to mental health hospitals, ranking 49th out of 50 states for spending on mental health per patient in 2012, according to Kaiser Health News.

During the meeting Brodeur said the House was committed to reversing this trend.

"In addition to restructuring of hospital payments, I think the big story on this budget is how much we are doing for mental health," Brodeur said, but could not provide an overall figure Tuesday for how much the funding increased."

Click here to read the entire story on the Naples News website



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



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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