Why Join FCCMH

For more than four decades, the Florida Council for Community Mental Health, Inc. has served Florida’s not-for-profit community mental health and substance abuse services agencies. The Council has 63 member agencies, ranging from specialty to comprehensive treatment organizations with multiple locations throughout a region. Assuring accessible, quality services for people with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders is an overall goal of the Council and its members. In general, the Council’s goals are to:

  • Promote action designed to improve community mental health and substance abuse services.
  • Encourage the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards among all service providers.
  • Encourage, promote and support continued development of quality professional staff.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among members.
  • Assist consumers in taking an active and productive role in their own recovery.
  • Inform family members about the behavioral health system and encourage partnerships with providers.

Council governance

Policy and priorities for the Council are set by a Board of Directors elected by member agency directors. One of the board members represents behavioral health consumers and another represents family members.

The Council’s standing committees serve as vehicles for members to surface specific issues of concern and to help set the association’s agenda. These committees offer an opportunity for members to develop solutions to common problems, as well as to contribute to innovation in service delivery.

Education, training and technical assistance

Providing low-cost education and training for members is a major Council role. An extensive agenda of workshops is presented each year at the Council's annual conference to assist agencies in meeting the continuing education needs of professional staff. Periodic one to two-day workshops and/or informational meetings are scheduled throughout the year to address other training needs identified by members.

Through telephone consultation and/or on-site visits, Council staff offers specialized information and technical assistance to member agencies. FCCMH staff members have expertise in various areas, such as Medicaid policy, evaluation and research, managed care and media relations. These staff members are available to help members cut through the red tape and resolve problems, as well as to support members in the day-to-day operations of their organizations. From time to time, the Council also contracts with specialty consultants to help meet training or technical assistance needs identified by members.

Effective communications

Council publications inform members of new developments in the behavioral health care field, relevant legislation, state agency regulatory actions and other timely issues. These publications include the FCCMH Bill Track, published during each legislative session to keep members abreast of progress on relevant bills. The Council’s web site at helps keep members informed of policy developments, other news and events. It also serves as a portal to information about member agencies for the general public.

Council offices

The Council’s office is located in the historic Lewis House, at 316 E. Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301-1514. The staff can be reached by telephone at 850-224-6048.

Types of Memberships Available

Minimum membership dues: $5000
Smaller agencies with total annual revenues under $5 million

Maximum membership dues: $40,000
Large agencies with total annual revenues over $40 million

Dues for agencies whose total annual revenues fall between $5 and $40 million per year will be assessed on a base rate of.1% of total annual revenues. The base rate will be adjusted (+/- ) based on the approved Council annual operating budget.

Associate Members
Dues assessed at 70% of what dues would be for full membership.
Minimum: $3500
Maximum: $28,000

Managed Care Organizations
Flat annual membership fee

Managing Entity
Maximum dues established at $20,000, less network member dues.
Minimum dues established at $7500.
Managing Entities dues are reduced by the total amount dues paid by their Network providers who are also dues paying members of the Florida Council.

Affiliate Members
Flat annual membership fee

Please contact John Bryant, Vice President, at for more information regarding membership and the application process.