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Tobacco Free Florida

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Quit Smoking

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

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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 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.

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Put inmates where they belong, which might not be jail

Collier County doesn’t need a larger or new jail as has been suggested recently. In fact, it may not need one as large as it has. If the Collier jail wasn’t functioning as the largest mental health and substance abuse holding center in the county, many confined there would be elsewhere and better off. The opposite is true of Collier-based David Lawrence Center. If it was expanded and could function as the largest mental health and substance abuse treatment center in the county, many now in jail could gain hope through the hands of trained professionals.

Read the Naples Daily News, Editorial Board article here



2017 Behavioral Health Conference is next week!

We look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando for what promises to be our biggest event ever.

Visit the conference website here



Gracepoint and a "no wrong door" approach in Hillborough County

The Tampa Bay Times has posted an article entitled "How the 'no wrong door' approach to mental health treatment is playing out in Hillsborough County".

Read the article on the Tampa Bay Times site here



Agency for Health Care Administration’s Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program for Behavioral Health has released a new best practice guide

The 2017 Florida Best Practice Recommendations for Women of Reproductive Age with Serious Mental Illness and Comorbid Substance Use Disorders provides guidance to clinicians who treat women that are pregnant or of childbearing age with substance use problems. The recommendations cover a range of conditions that providers may encounter in their clinical practice including: alcohol use disorder, opioid use disorder, disorders of other drugs of abuse, and comorbid SMI and substance use. The recommendations also provide information about the use of long-acting contraceptives in women of childbearing age.

Download the guide here



The Florida Nursing Quarterly is now available

The Florida Nursing Quarterly's traditional journal and interactive digital companion serves and is read by over 500,000 nurses, administrators, faculty and students of every degree, 4 times a year across Florida and its surrounding states. This magazine reaches every nurse, faculty and student of every degree and specialty.

We hope you enjoy this edition and encourage you to share it with friends and colleagues!

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As part of our IMPOWER Strategic Plan entitled, “Virtual Success,”  we are moving towards becoming a predominantly virtual company for the treatment of Behavioral Health Outpatient Therapy and Psychiatric Services. Beginning September 1, 2017 and ending in March 2018, IMPOWER will be closing our current physical outpatient offices in Brevard, Longwood and Kissimmee. 

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Without the new federal money, funding for mental health and substance abuse would have declined by $11 million

More than 260 people died last year, according to the medical examiner. After nearly doubling in 2015, accidental drug overdose deaths rose even further in Southwest Florida last year and remain at alarming levels, according to the data compiled by the regional medical examiner.

Read the article on the Herald Tribune website



Rise in child Baker Act cases prompts meeting at capitol

"They get at their wit's end, and teachers and parents and caregivers don't know what to do other than to use the Baker Act system," said April Lott, the CEO of Directions for Living in Pinellas County.

Read the article on the Fox 13 website



FL Takes Hard Line On Opioids But Some Question Approach

States across the country are struggling to hold off a rising tide of opioid abuse and Florida is no exception.

Read the article on the Health News Florida site

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Melanie Brown Woofter, FCCMH interim President and CEO quoted in opioid article on funding.

“Any reduction in funding is a step backwards for a system of care that is already challenged to meet the behavioral health needs of local communities,” said Melanie Brown Woofter, the Florida Council for Community Mental Health’s interim president and CEO.

Read the article on the Herald-Tribune site here

In the Capitol News Service and on News4Jax and Tallahassee’s WCTV is a press video highlighting Melanie Brown Woofter, Jane Johnson and Mark Fontaine.

Watch the video

The article that goes along with the Capitol News Service video above has been picked up in a few other news outlets. 

Read the Capitol News Service article



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