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2017

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Tampa Bay officials criticize Legislature for failing to tackle opioid epidemic

Joe Rutherford, CEO at GracePoint, quoted on the mental health funding cuts.

Read the article on the SAINTPETERSBLOG site here.

(07.11.17)

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WellCare Signs First Behavioral Health Home Agreement with Peace River Center for Personal Development

TAMPA, Fla. (May X, 2017) – WellCare of Florida, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), formed a new value-base care agreement for the establishment of a behavioral health home with Peace River Center for Personal Development (Peace River Center).

Under the agreement, Peace River Center will provide both behavioral and medical services for Staywell Medicaid members who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness (SMI). They will also be responsible for the integration and coordination of care for these member’s care, providing holistic care in one location.

Read the press release here.

(07.06.17)

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Florida was given a 30 day extension for the Medicaid 1115 waiver that was set to expire 06.29.17

By Christine Sexton -PoliticoPro 06/29/2017 06:18 PM

EDT Amid the ongoing turmoil in Washington, D.C., over the future of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid funding, Florida officials today were told they will be given a 30-day extension for the state's sweeping Medicaid 1115 waiver that is set to expire on Friday.

The extension comes as the state is poised to negotiate new five-year contracts with hospitals and a managed care network for 3.9 million enrollees. It also comes as the state tries to finalize the special terms and conditions, and collect county tax dollars, to fund a $1.5 billion supplemental financing program known as the Low Income Pool, or LIP.

Agency for Health Care Administration spokesperson Mallory McManus said the agency is grateful for the Trump administration's partnership in working to renew the sweeping Medicaid 1115 waiver.

"We requested an extension so we can continue to work with our State Legislature on this important issue," she said in an email to POLITICO Florida.

(06.30.17)

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Opioid crisis: Florida Governor Scott extends public health emergency order

Gov. Rick Scott’s public health emergency declaration in the fight against the opioid epidemic will be extended another 60 days. Scott’s original executive order, signed May 3, had been set to expire Monday. But he signed an order Thursday extending the declaration for two more months.

Click here to read the Palm Beach Post article.

(06.30.17)

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AAMC Webinar Features Med School’s Opioid Curriculum.

Dr. Martin Klapheke, assistant dean of medical education and professor of psychiatry, who is leading UCF’s opioid education efforts, and Dr. Magdalena Pasarica, associate professor of medicine, showed how UCF includes opioid education in all four years of the curriculum.

Read the entire article on the UCFs website.

Watch the webinar here.

(06.28.17)

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Treating patients with opioid disorders is not just about treating addiction.

Patients with opioid use disorder are much more likely than the general population to have a host of other health conditions, including hepatitis C, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.

Read the entire article on the STAT news website.

(06.23.17)

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AHCA Announces Release Date of the Invitation to Negotiate for SMMC Re-Procurement

The Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for the re-procurement of the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program will be posted on or around July 14, 2017. The ITN will be posted to the Florida Department of Management Services’ Vendor Bid System website.

Click here for more information

(06.23.17)

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Apalachee Center, CRMC and TMH Open Baker Act Central Receiving Facility

Announcing the opening of a Central Receiving Facility at Apalachee Center for individuals needing involuntary psychiatric admission under the Florida Baker Act or Marchman Act.

Click here to read the press release.

(06.21.17)

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Charlotte Behavioral Health Care releases latest newsletter

The newsletter "HOPE Starts Here" is available online.
We are excited for all the new developments as we grow our services to better serve the needs of our community.

Click here to read the latest HOPE Starts Here.

(06.20.17)

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A Pulse Nightclub Responder Confronts A New Crisis: PTSD

Gerry Realin (left) and his wife Jessica are working to get first responders workers' compensation benefits in Florida.

Read the entire article on the NPR website here.

(06.12.17)

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Gov. Scott calls for special session June 7-9

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year and vetoed $410 million in legislative projects that do not provide a great return for Florida families. Additionally, Governor Scott vetoed the Florida Educational Finance Program (FEFP) funding portions of the budget. Governor Scott is also vetoing HB 5501 which decreased funding to VISIT FLORIDA by over 60 percent. The Governor’s full budget veto list will be released later today.

Click here to read the Governor's proclamation.

(06.02.17)

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SAMHSA’s Program to Achieve Wellness Announces the 2017 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness

Does your organization work to improve heart health for people with mental and/or substance use disorders? If so, we encourage you to apply for the opportunity to be considered for SAMHSA’s 2017 Recognition of Excellence in Wellness.

What:Through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Program to Achieve Wellness, organizations and communities will be recognized for their exemplary wellness efforts that improve the cardiovascular health of those living with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders.

When:Apply by July 28 to showcase how your organization or community improves wellness outcomes for people with mental and/or substance abuse disorders, including individuals living with serious mental illness.

To learn more and apply, download the Call for Applications here.

(05.31.17)

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The 2017 Administrator’s Forum was another big success!

The Forum provides an opportunity for financial, information technology, human resource and administrative professionals to gather for two days of information-packed meetings, continuing education sessions and networking. This year’s Forum brought together over 150 representatives from 51 different community behavioral health providers across the state of Florida.  

Download the summary with links to the presentations.

(05.26.17)

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NIH Multimodal Brain Stimulation, Colleen Hanlon

The National Institutes of Health is hosting the Multimodal TMS Speaker Series to bring together the leaders in the field conducting research using non-invasive brain stimulation and functional imaging including EEG and fMRI.

Colleen Hanlon will be speaking on May 31st, 2:30 pm. The event will be broadcast via web-ex and archived for later viewing. 

For more information click here.

(05.25.17)

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FREE community event.

Save the date in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Read the flyer here.

(05.25.17)

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SAMHSA seeks applications for up to $7.8 million in grants to promote substance use disorder recovery

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking applications for up to $7.8 million in FY 2017 Building Communities of Recovery grants. These grants are designed to help build recovery systems for people with substance use disorders in communities throughout the nation.

SAMHSA anticipates that up to 13 awards will be made for up to $200,000 each year for up to three years. Actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

Click here for detailed information on the initial announcement

(05.15.17)

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Ashleigh Husbands - Regional Suicide Prevention Specialist, FL LINC Project

Ashleigh was recently selected through a competitive audition to talk about youth suicide prevention at an upcoming TEDx event in Lake County, on September 15. TEDx talks are organized events that host speakers to present on innovative ideas, research, stories or anything else that can promote either a change in ways of thinking or a call to action. These talks are videotaped and released on YouTube. Ashleigh was very excited to audition for this and she is super excited to have gotten selected. I hope you all can make it to this event to support Ashleigh and the work we do. Congrats Ashleigh!!

(05.12.17)

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Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use.

Youth use of tobacco in any form is unsafe. If smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 will die early from a smoking-related illness. That’s about 1 of every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger alive today. 

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has a variety of brochures and fact sheets available for download:

Visit the NIH site to download materials

(05.12.17)

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Discussion on maternal stress, mental health tonight.

Imagine a pregnant woman who is at risk for gestational diabetes or high blood pressure but is never screened or assessed for those dangerous conditions. 

Read the story on tallahassee.com

(05.11.17)

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Trump’s pick to run mental health is poised to shake things up.

Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz calls for a bold shift in priorities, away from support services and toward more aggressive treatment of psychiatric patients.

Click here to read the entire article.

(05.11.17)

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Cognitive Triad of Traumatic Stress

Download a larger image here

(05.10.17)

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I love my baby – so why am I so blue?

Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that occurs in nearly 15 percent of births and may begin shortly before or within a week to a month after childbirth. Mothers with postpartum depression experience feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it difficult for them to complete daily care activities for themselves or for others. Only a health care provider can diagnose a woman with postpartum depression. If you or someone you know may be at risk of postpartum depression, you should contact a behavioral health professional. See the FCCMH website for a list of behavioral health organizations in Florida.

Watch the NIH video here

(05.09.17)

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The Hidden Impact of Untreated Trauma.

Trauma is a near universal experience of individuals with behavioral health problems. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, 55% – 99% of women in substance use treatment and 85% – 95% of women in the public mental health system report a history of trauma, with the abuse most commonly having occurred in childhood.

An individual’s experience of trauma impacts every area of human functioning — physical, mental, behavioral, social, spiritual. Trauma is shrouded in secrecy and denial and is often ignored. But when we don’t ask about trauma in behavioral healthcare, harm is done or abuse is unintentionally recreated by the use of forced medication, seclusion, or restraints. The good news is that trauma is treatable — there are many evidence-based models and promising practices designed for specific populations, types of trauma, and behavioral health manifestations.

Download the infographic here

(05.09.17)

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Mental health training vital for UCF cops around final exams.

UCF police officers attended a series of refresher classes on dealing with those going through a crisis in preparation for final exams, which is when police respond to a heightened number of mental health calls. It was the first year the agency held the classes. 

Read the Orlando Sentinel story here

(05.08.17)

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Mental Illness is More Prevalent than You May Realize.

In 2015, there were an estimated 43.4 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with mental illness* within the past year. This number represents 17.9% of all U.S. adults.

Click here to read the entire article.

(05.08.17)

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Budget released.

Here is the 2017-2018 GAA, SB 2500. It will be voted out Monday, May 8th at approx.. 2:40 PM.

Download the document here

(05.05.17)

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Mental Health Services for Children Drop, While Youth Baker Act Examinations Spike.

The number of children 0-5 receiving mental health treatment services has declined dramatically over the past 10 years, while the number of involuntary (Baker Act) examinations of children has doubled in the past 5 years.

Download the document here

(05.05.17)

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Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2017 is on Thursday, May 4.

The national event will take place on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC. SAMHSA will also webcast the event. The 2017 national event will feature interactive panels.

For more information visit the website

(05.04.17)

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Circles of Care announces David Feldman as President/CEO.

David has previously served as Executive Vice President & Treasurer. He was named a FCCMH Fellow in 1979 and received the FCCMH Distinguished Service Award in 1988. Congratulations to David for his new duties with Circles of Care.

(04.27.17)

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Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Class Held at the Flagler Emergency Operations Center.

"This training has been proven to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorders, to make participants more knowledgeable about those disorders, and to increase the participant's comfort with approaching and assisting a person who is having a behavioral health crisis,” said Ivan Cosimi, CEO of SMA. “We are thrilled our community partners have joined
us in being better prepared to serve our community."

Download the news release here

(04.26.17)

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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

(04.25.17)

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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

(04.21.17)

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

A great collaboration.

Watch the video on MIC here

(04.21.17)

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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

(04.18.17)

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

Offering a new article "Tobacco and Your Business".

Click here to read the entire article.

(04.10.17)

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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

(04.07.17)

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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

(04.07.17)

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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.

(04.07.17)

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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

(04.05.17)

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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

(04.03.17)

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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

(03.30.17)

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Governor Scott proclaims Suicide Prevention Day for April 6, 2017

Join us in Tallahassee for this event.

Click here to read the proclaimation

(03.28.17)

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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

(03.22.17)

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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

(03.21.17)

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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

(03.02.17)

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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

(02.24.17)

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Lakeview’s newest charitable venture

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

Watch the video here

(02.28.17)

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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

(02.24.17)

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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:
info@gracepointwellness.org
or call 813.239.8083

(02.17.17)

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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

(02.01.17)

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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

(01.05.17)

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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.

(12.09.16)

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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

(12.07.16)

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2016

Baptist Health Care Foundation announces the 2016 Hollinger Award recipients

The Baptist Health Care Foundation announced the 2016 Hollinger Award recipients for outstanding service contributions to the community. We're proud to share that Gary Bembry, Lakeview CEO, is among the recipients. Also recognized is Sue Straughn for her tireless efforts to help children in foster care over the years. Pictured left to right: Sue Straughn, Logan Hunter, B. Kirk Ball, Connie Crosby, Gary Bembry.

(11.10.16)

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New Horizons wins health award at United Way campaign kickoff ceremony

It was a grand day in the 58-year history of New Horizons when the United Way of St. Lucie County presented the first ever Health Impact Award to the nonprofit at this year’s campaign launch event at the Santa Lucia Club on Sept. 22. The award recognizes the progress being made in the health field by New Horizons with the integration of the Primary Care Clinic alongside traditional services offered by the largest mental health provider in the region.

(09.23.16)

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Suicide Prevention Month: Keep Fighting — Together

Vanessa Berben's Huffington Post blog.
"I almost didn’t make it for one of the greatest eras of my life. Right at this very moment, no career has been more rewarding, new friendships have never been so promising, and most importantly: I love someone more fiercely, more openly and honestly than I ever have before."
Click here to read the entire story
(09.22.16)

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US Department of Veterans Affairs
Suicide Prevention Month: #BeThere

VA Highlights Initiatives to Prevent Veteran and Servicemember Suicide
Click here to read the press release
(09.15.16)

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Florida Department of Children and Families FLORIDA SUICIDE PREVENTION EVENTS CALENDAR
Click here to learn more
(09.09.16)

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Florida Department of Children and Families SUICIDE PREVENTION PLAN 2016-2020
Click here to download
(09.09.16)

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September 5-11 is National Suicide Prevention week!
Click here to learn more
(09.09.16)

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The Council recognized the 2016 Professionals of the Year awards and 2016 Fellows inductees at annual conference in Orlando last week.

(08.17.16)

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Individuals with disabilites may now take advantage a the new financial tool. To learn more, RSVP below to attend the upcoming webinar on August 3, 2016 at 1pm ET.

RSVP for the webinar today!
(07.26.16)

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FSU College of Medicine's Area Health Education Center (AHEC) offers recent newsletter

Download your copy today!
(06.29.16)

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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.
(06.27.16)

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Awakening of the Artistic Mind: Healing and Recovery through Creative Expression

Apalachee Center, Inc. is proud to present a gallery of artwork created by individuals from our Residential and Inpatient programs. The show celebrates artwork that sends a positive message to the community about the power of creative expression in the process of healing and recovering from mental illness. Please join us for the gallery show and reception Friday, May 27th from noon – 2PM.

Download the flyer here.
(05.25.16)

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Extra mental health funding falls short locally

By Carrie Seidman, The Herald-Tribune

Florida will spend an extra $58 million next year — 6 percent more than this year — to address some of the state's most pressing mental health needs. But little, if any, of that new money will increase resources and services locally.


Read the entire article here.
(05.23.16)

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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Tips for helping a friend in need.

  • Calmness
  • Honesty
  • Non-judgmental attitude
  • Empathy
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reassuring
  • Encouraging

Download the Seven Super Skills poster here.
Visit the Mental Health First Aid website here.
(05.17.16)

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Florida looks to curb suicides

By Margie Menzel The News Service of Florida

Suicide rates are rising for children and young adults, both nationally and statewide — and Florida policymakers are trying to reverse the trend.


Read the entire article here.
(05.06.16)

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Mental Health Symposium Scheduled for May 10th!

To help bring attention to Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation and SMA Behavioral Health Services, Inc. are pleased to announce they are sponsoring a free Mental Health Symposium on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 from 8:00am to 1:00pm in St. Augustine, FL. There is no cost to attend the event and lunch and a t-shirt are included. Media are welcome to attend.

Register for the event here.
Download the flyer here.
(05.03.16)

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May Is Mental Health Awareness Month!

We would like to take the opportunity to bring awareness to this vital facet of our lives. Regretfully many who suffer a mental illness wait after their initial symptoms appear before seeking help. There is still a stigma associated to mental health issues. In most cases, mental illness may be treated in a timely manner, managed with couseling and/or medication.

Visit the Mental Health First Aid website here.
(05.03.16)

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Registration 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.

Download the Marketing Prospectus here.
(04.25.16)

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Positive feedback from 2016 Adolescent Conference attendee

Kelly Otte is the Executive Director of PACE Center for Girls/Leon. She attended the conference last week and spoke highly about April Lott's workshop!

Click here to read the Tallahassee Democrat article.

(04.25.16)

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Updated agendas for 2016 Administrator's Forum

The most current agendas are now avaialble for download.

Click here to download the agendas.

(04.25.16)

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IMPOWER Mental health services enter the home in pair of new programs

Three years ago, IMPOWER started a pilot project with Florida Medicaid to test telehealth and received a waiver from the Board of Medicine to prescribe non-narcotic controlled substances without a face-to-face meeting with the client. This year, the program was expanded to allow other qualified behavioral health providers to also prescribe via teleconference. And, last month, the Florida Board of Medicine again expanded its approval to allow qualified prescribers using telehealth to issue prescriptions for psychiatric controlled substances.

Click here to read the complete Lakeland Ledger article.
(04.15.16)

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Gracepoint spearheads future apartment complex to shelter the homeless

The project, funded with federal money funneled through the state, will cost about $18 million to build and take a little more than a year to finish. There will be 90 units of affordable housing with at least 45 units of permanent housing set aside for homeless individuals.

Everyone who lives there will have access to fully integrated medical and mental-health care, substance treatment services, pharmacy and on-site social services, all offered through Gracepoint.

Click here to read the complete Tampa Tribune article.
(04.05.16)

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Governor Rick Scott Reappoints FCCMH CEO/President Michael Hansen

In a press released 3/15/16, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Michael Hansen to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. He is reappointed for a term beginning March 15, 2016, and ending January 5, 2019.The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

(03.18.16)

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The Daytona Blues Foundation presented a $35,000 check to Halifax Health’s Center for Women & Infant Health and a $25,000 WARM this past week from proceeds from the Daytona Blues Festival this past October.

The check was presented to Melissa Murphy, chairman of the Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation, and Carolyn Sentelik, the Executive Director of the Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation.

Click here to read more.
(03.15.16)

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Getting Primary Care at the Psychiatrist’s Office

Some mental-health practices are transforming themselves into health-care hubs for patients who would otherwise fall through the cracks. LifeStream Behavioral Center mentioned in the article.

Click here to read the article on the Atlantic/Kaiser Health News site.
(03.08.16)

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Apalachee Center’s 3rd Annual Community Hero Awards

Apalachee Center recognized notable community advocates for behavioral healthcare with the presentation of awards. The awards are given annually to Floridians who have made exemplary efforts to support individuals living with mental illness.

Click here to read the press release.
(03.08.16)

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Florida Insurance Trust is sponsoring a "Team Management Workshop", May 12, 2016

First Florida Insurance Brokers
100 South Ashley Drive, Suite 250
Tampa, FL 33602

Click here to read more.
(02.26.16)

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Bridgeway Center Celebrates "500,000 in 50 years".

We are proud of our approximately 5000,000 patients visits.

Click here to read more.
(02.25.16)

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Apalachee Center’s 3rd Annual Community Hero Awards

Apalachee Center
2634 Capital Circle, N.E., Building J
Tallahassee, FL
(850) 523-3333

Monday, February 29, 2016, at 6:00 p.m
Click here to read the press release.
(02.25.16)

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2016 Adolescent Conference website now open.
Register online today!

Visit the conference website here.
Download the Marketing Prospectus here.
Book your hotel room here.
(02.11.16)

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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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2015

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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All mental health professionals and peer specialists are invited to attend one of these free conferences.
The first of the one-day conferences will be held at the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center in Jacksonville on December 9, 2015. The second one-day conference will be presented at the Doubletree By Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld on December 10th. Registration closes December 7, 2015. Both conferences are provided without charge and continuing education credits are offered.
Download the training flyer here.
(11.24.15)

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Florida Insurance Trust presents check
Representatives of FIT presented FCCMH with a check at the November board meeting 11/17. L-R: Barbara Daire, FCCMH Board Chair; Jon Rivera, FIT; Mike Hansen, FCCMH President/CEO and Travis Childers, FIT. Thank you for your continued support of the Council and our mission!
(11.19.15)

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Florida Premier Health seeks proposal
Florida Premier Health seeking a consultant to develop both a policy strategy and a financing plan The Premier Board of Directors is composed of most of the major behavioral health care providers in Florida and therefore has the ability to offer either a comprehensive, statewide, behavioral health network to managed care organizations or to offer individual elements of a network such telehealth, pharmacy, or other services.
Read additional details here.
Email Mike Hansen mike@fccmh.org
or call 850-224-6048
(11.06.15)

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The Centers has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This grant will provide $400,000 per year for four years, helping The Centers transition into providing fully integrated healthcare services in Marion and Citrus counties.
Download the press release here.
(11.06.15)

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FSU College of Medicine and FCCMH sponoring two free tobacco cessation trainings in December
"Addressing Tobacco Use in Behavioral Health" will be presented by Jill M. Williams, MD, December 9 in Jacksonville and December 10 in Orlando.
Download details including links to online registration here.
Email Kendra Salvatore kendra@fccmh.org
or call 850-224-6048
(11.05.15)

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Three press releases for grant/awards to Meridian
• $1.2Million SAMSA grant for Offender Re-entry Program
Read the press release here.

• Department of Elder Affairs grant to provide meals at Adult Day Care Center
Read the press release here.

• Three-­‐Year Navigator Grant
Read the press release here.
(10.30.15)

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DCF announces new roles
Michael Wickersheim comes on boards as the department’s new Legislative Affairs Director. Tim Parson, who previously served as Legislative Affairs Director since 2013, to serve as Executive Staff Director for Florida’s Drug Policy Advisory Council.
(10.27.15)

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COPE Center featured on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland
Watch the entire video, but watch closely @ 6:00!

Watch the video here.
(10.23.15)

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Inspiring Change Through Local Events
OUR MISSION - To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering others, ensuring quality care for all and investing in science to find the cures.

For more information click here.
(10.22.15)

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Florida Premier Health seeking a consultant to develop both a policy strategy and a financing plan
The Premier Board of Directors is composed of most of the major behavioral health care providers in Florida and therefore has the ability to offer either a comprehensive, statewide, behavioral health network to managed care organizations or to offer individual elements of a network such telehealth, pharmacy, or other services.
Read additional details here.
Email Mike Hansen mike@fccmh.org, or call 850-224-6048
(10.22.15)

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The Arc Volusia’s CEO Honored with Executive Excellence Award
The Arc Volusia is pleased to announce that CEO David James has been awarded the Robert Ettinger Award for Executive Excellence.

Read the details here.
(10.16.15)

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Bridgeway Center, Inc. releases their current newsletter
See the latest happenings in the October issue.
Download the newletter here.
(10.09.15)

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Mental Health (HBO)
John Oliver explains how our national system of treating mental health works, or more often than not, how it doesn’t.
Watch the YouTube video here.
(10.08.15)

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. 
For additional information visit the NBCF webpage here.
(10.08.15)

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Stewart-Marchman-Act has promoted Rhonda Harvey to COO
She has been serving SMA in a management capacity since 1994.
Read details of the promotion here.
(10.06.15)

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Locked in: Mentally ill languish in state hospitals
Patients are warehoused nearly a year as they wait for suitable housing.
Read the entire Fort Meyers News Press here.
(10.05.15)

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NAMI Florida announces inaugural race
All of the race/walk profits will be given to NAMI Florida!
For additional information visit the race webpage here.
(9.29.15)

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September is over, but the conversations of suicide prevention do not have to end
Continue to discuss how to break down the societal stigmas surrounding mental illness and how to help yourself as well as those struggling with mental illness or thoughts of suicide.
For additional information go here.
(10.01.15)

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Gov. Scott: We will propose over $19 million for SA/MH needs
In a press release Wednesday, it was noted the Governor Scott met with Secretary of the Department of Children and Families Mike Carroll and announced his proposal.
Review the executive order here.
(9.22.15)

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Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare (SMA) has adds new Chief Financial Officer
Eric J. Horst assumes duties at SMA including strategic financial planning/forecasting, formulation and execution of SMA’s annual budget, and compliance with governmental funding requirements as well as other regulatory organizations.
Review the announcement here.
(9.14.15)

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“Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives”
National Suicide Prevention Week Information & Media Kit “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives” Sponsored by American Association of Suicidology.
Download the .pdf here.

(9.11.15)

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FCCMH President/CEO Mike Hansen quoted in Politico article.
Gov. Rick Scott is taking his first steps to overhaul Florida’s patchwork of mental health programs, calling for an audit of state facilities in an effort to streamline the $1.4 billion budget spread across a handful of state agencies.
“For the first time in our state, we are trying to look at mental illness on the front end and ensure we find the best ways to support individuals with mental health needs in their communities before they are committed to the custody or supervision of the state,” Scott wrote in his order.
Read the entire article here.

(9.11.15)

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The latest issue of The Concil Connection is available
Email Kendra to have a copy sent to you.
(9.11.15)

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Promising poll kicks off National Suicide Prevention week
Nearly all respondents think suicide is sometimes or often preventable (94 percent). In the survey we released last week, we learned that most adults (93 percent) would do something if someone close to them was thinking about suicide. And two out of three people said they would tell someone if they were having thoughts of suicide.
Read the entire article here.

(9.08.15)

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Meridian Behavioral Healthcare awarded $1.2 million federal grant for offender reovery program
Meridian received the Offender Reentry Program (ORP) grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS/SAMHSA).
Read the entire article here.

(9.08.15)

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Mental-health system isn’t broken, it lacks resources
Read Maggie LaBarta's article in the Sunday Gainesville Times.
Read the entire article here.

(9.08.15)

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Florida’s New Level of Intensive Community Care:
A graphic representation of cost-effective alternatives to hospital, state institution, and/or community bed placement.
Download the document here.

(9.02.15)

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The U.S. Medical Assistance Program’s Mental Health Initiative:
A New Resource for the Uninsured and Underinsured with Mental Illness

AmeriCares is the largest provider of donated medicines, vaccines and supplies in the United States, with more than $227 million in aid in 2014 and $3.6 billion delivered to date.
Visit their website here.
To apply/create an account to receive donations click here.
Download informative flyer here.

(8.19.15)

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DCF leadership attends the 2015 Florida's Premier Behavioral Health Annual Conference
From left to right: Mike Hansen, FCCMH President/CEO; Mike Carroll, DCF Secretary; Linda De Piano, FCBH Chair; Barbara Daire, FCCMH Chair; John Bryant, DCF Assistant Secretary.
(8.12.15)

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Sponsorships Available!
2015 Florida's Premier Behavioral Health Annual Conference Annual Conference
For information email Carlee Reynolds here.

Download the marketing prospectus here.
(7.13.15)

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Stewart Marchman-Act Foundation receives $50k donation from Volusia County Sheriiff's office.
The 17th annual event held 7/2 honored Judge Joseph G. Will who presides over adult drug court in Daytona Beach and DeLand, and also hears Baker and Marchman Act cases.
Click here for more information.

(7.13.15)

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Stewart Marchman-Act Foundation hosts “Southern Summer Picnic”.
The event honors Judge Joseph G. Will who presides over adult drug court in Daytona Beach and DeLand, and also hears Baker and Marchman Act cases.
Click here for more information.
(6.30.15)

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National Council Announces Eight New Board Members.
Congratulations to Steve Ronik, CEO of Henderson Behavioral Health to elected position by members.
(6.19.15)

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Mike Hansen visits with Mario Jardon.
Mike paid a visit to the Citrus Health Network facilities Monday, 6/15/15.
(6.17.15)

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Pinellas behavioral health programs recommended for over a million in funding.
Pinellas County Commission’s Behavioral Health Pilot Program, and two related programs, were quietly recommended for over a million dollars worth of funding by the Commission at its June 4 budget session — the final budget session before the start of the 2016 fiscal year.
Read the entire story here.
(6.9.15)

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Four more Reality House clients have successfully completed exams for their American Culinary Federation Certification!
SMA Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (SMA) is pleased to announce that four more Reality House clients, inmates serving the remaining part of their jail sentence, have successfully completed the written and practical exams for their American Culinary Federation Certification and have earned their culinary certifications, bringing the total to 18 certifications in less than a year and a half.
Review details here.
(6.9.15)

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New Horizons of the Treasure Coast is in the Spotlight!
This month, New Horizons of the Treasure Coast will be attending the 2nd annual Zero Suicide Academy in Washington, DC. In collaboration with the Florida Linking Individuals Needing Care (LINC) project, New Horizons submitted an application to participate in a 2-day, intensive training to learn best-practice strategies and tools to improve care and outcomes for suicide prevention and care for individuals at-risk of suicide. New Horizons is the only behavioral health agency that was selected to represent the State of Florida!
Review the 2015 Zero Suicide Academy participant list here.
(6.4.15)

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Sponsorships Available!
2015 Florida's Premier Behavioral Health Annual Conference Annual Conference
For information email Carlee Reynolds here.

Download the marketing prospectus here.
(5.27.15)

2015HR_CFO_CIO_Forum

Utah police cite Medicaid expansion as crime prevention tool.
By Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune

Provo Police Chief John King holds a news conference at the Provo Police Department calling on state policymakers to accept federal funds to extend health insurance coverage for more Utah residents. The push, also supported by Orem Police Chief Gary Giles, argues that expansion of health coverage could prevent future crime and violence and save the state money.

Read the entire article here.

(5.26.15)

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John Kern of Lassiter-Ware makes a presentation on the Affordable Healthcare Act to attendees @ the recent Forum in Orlando.

(5.26.15)

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10th Anniversary CIT

Give recognition to your employees by nominating them for the FCCMH 2015 Professional of the Year Awards
Download the forms from the links below.

Supervisor/Administrator of the Year

Peer Specialist of the Year

Direct Service Provider of the Year

For nominations to be considered please return completed forms to Ron Fowler via e-mail by June 26th.

(5.20.15)

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10th Anniversary CIT

Tallahassee Police Department certifies 23 grads in CIT training
On Friday, law enforement professionals were recognized with a graduation luncheon for taking part in the Crisis Intervention Team Training hosted by the Apalachee Center.

(5.19.15)

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State leaders look to pass mental health reform in 2016- News Service of Florida
As they reviewed legislative issues affecting children, lawmakers and state agency heads said this week they will push again in 2016 for two key bills that died in the abrupt end to this spring's regular session.

An overhaul of the state's mental-health system and an upgrade of early-learning programs topped a list of legislative priorities at Wednesday's meeting of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet in Stuart.

Read the content online here.
(5.14.15)

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month
It is more important than ever for all Americans to know that behavioral health is essential to health,
p
revention workstreatment is effective, and 
people recover
.

Visit the SAMHSA blog
(5.06.15)

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Breaking Free of Mental Illness Stigma
Through Art Expression

Breaking Free of Mental Illness Stigma Through Art Expression was a gallery show that consisted of Apalachee Center client artwork created in therapy groups through the months of January to April.
Download the event flyer here.
(4.29.15)

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Sponsorships and Registration still open!
HR-CFO-CIO Forum
Florida Hotel - Orlando, Florida

For additional information or to register, visit our events page here.
(4.27.15)

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The U.S. Medical Assistance Program’s Mental Health Initiative:
A New Resource for the Uninsured and Underinsured with Mental Illness

AmeriCares is the largest provider of donated medicines, vaccines and supplies in the United States, with more than $227 million in aid in 2014 and $3.6 billion delivered to date.
Visit their website here.
To apply/create an account to receive donations click here.
Download informative flyer here.

(4.24.15)

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month
We are spreading the word about the free, online resource, MakeTheConnection.net, to Veterans and their family members in Florida.
Visit the website here.
(4.07.15)

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Tim Cowart selected for national executive leadership program
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) selected Timothy Cowart of The Centers, Inc. to join its Executive Leadership Program Class of 2015.
Read the news release here.
(4.05.15)

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Lamar “Sonny” Donaldson, LCSW, has been named Volusia/Flagler’s Social Worker of the Year!
The award was presented by the Volusia/Flagler Unit of NASW (National Association of Social Workers), Florida Chapter at its Annual Social Work Month Awards Banquet on Fri., March 20, 2015
Read the details here.
(3.25.15)

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Sponsorships Available!
2015 Florida's Premier Behavioral Health Annual Conference Annual Conference
To register - click here.
Download the marketing prospectus here.
(3.24.15)

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS NOW OPEN
HR-CFO-CIO Forum
Florida Hotel
Orlando, Florida

For additional information or to register, visit our events page here.
(3.24.15)

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SMA Behavioral Health Services, Inc. renames their crisis center in honor of W. Chester “Chet” Bell.
The announcement and a presentation were held at Bell’s retirement reception on March 3, 2015 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
See details of the event here.
(3.10.15)

New graphic map displaying FACT teams in Florida.
Listing shows FCCMH members and non-members.
To download a copy click here.
(3.09.15)

Call For Presentations is now open!
We are currently seeking proposals for workshop
presentations on relevant and/or emerging topics on the
behavioral health field. The 2015 Florida's Premier Behavioral Health Annual Conference Annual Conference will be August 5-7 in Orlando.
Visit the call for presenations webpage here.
(3.06.15)

2014 August newstter

We are proud to introduce the latest Florida Council Newsletter, The Council Connection.
Email Carlee to receive an electronic copy today.
(3.06.15)

Town Crier

St. Johns County and SMA’s St. Johns Outpatient Care Center Hold Ribbon Cutting at New Facility
February 26, 2015.
See the details here.
(3.3.15)

Resources for People with Disabilities Who Want to Quit
Tobacco Free Florida’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Tobacco Program at Florida State University College of Medicine presents the Spring issue of The Freedom Express.
Read the newsletter here.
(3.03.15)

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Save The Date!
2015 HR/CFO/CIO Forum

May 13-15 in Orlando
Download the registration form here.
(2.27.15)

Town Crier

Suicide Prevention Days 2015
March 18-19 in Tallahassee at the capitol.
View the flyer here.
(2.27.15)

DCF approves a central receiving facility Osceola
The Florida Department of Children & Families approved a waiver request that allows Osceola to become the second county in Florida to create a Central Receiving Center for the mentally ill.
Read the Orlando Sentinel article here.
(2.19.15)

SMA Behavioral Health Services, Inc. has been awarded a $200,000 a year Integrated Care Grant
From LSF Health Systems to fund a Behavioral Wellness Project.
Read the press release here.
(2.18.15)

Town Crier

January/February edition of COPE Center’s newsletter
View the newsletter here.
(2.11.15)

Mental Health Legislative Issues Highlighted on Alachua County Talks
A new edition of Alachua County Talks featuring an interview with Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. President and CEO Maggie Labarta premieres Wednesday February 11, 2015 on Community 12 TV at 7:30 p.m. Labarta discusses mental healthcare services and mental health issues to be addressed in the upcoming Florida legislative session.
Read the press release here.
View the interview here.
(2.11.15)

Apalachee Center Honors Leaders in Behavioral Healthcare
Apalachee Center announced today the recipients of the 2nd Annual Community Hero awards, honoring Floridians who are effective public champions for behavioral healthcare. State Senator Denise Grimsley; Matt Hudson, Speaker pro tempore of the Florida House of Representatives; and Jane Johnson, Chief of Staff of the Department of Children and Families are this year’s recipients.
Read the press release here.
(2.11.15)

Editorial: Florida's mental-health crisis
The high costs of underfunding services and treatment. Article from the Herald-Tribune 2/8/15.
Read the article here.
(2.10.15)

DeSoto Psychiatric Services holds Grand Opening in Arcadia
DeSoto Psychiatric Services welcomed more than 60 attendees at its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 30th.
Read the press release here.
(2.6.15)

We are proud to announce the dates for the 2015 Annual Conference!
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
August 5-7, 2015
Visit the website of our new location here.
(2.5.15)

Mental Health Funding podcast
From Florida’ Matter’s with Barbara Daire.
Listen to the recording here.
(2.4.15)

Lawmakers say telemedicine deal likely this year
From Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida.
Read the entire article here.
(2.4.15)

Florida should deal with mental health
Op-ed article by Mike Hansen appearing in the Tallahassee Democrat over the weekend.
Read the entire article here.
(1.26.15)

Forced Therapy is Rare
Alternative to Baker-Act little-used outside Seminole. Article appearing in the Orlando Sentinel over the weekend.
Read the entire article here.
(1.26.15)

2014 August newstter

We are proud to introduce the latest Florida Council Newsletter, The Council Connection.
Email Carlee to receive an electronic copy today.
(1.13.15)

2014

2014 Annual Conference Presentations
Some presentations are available from the link below. Click on the presentation title for info/materials if
available.

Download 2014 annual conference presentation materials here.
(8.20.14)

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Governor Scott Fundraiser
Shown above (top) is Ned Ailes visiting with State Representatives Patronis and Combee at the fundraiser on August 11th.
Shown above (bottom) is Dr Jay Reeve representing FCBH at the fundraiser.
(8.19.14)

2014 Fellow Awards

2014 Fellow Awards
Congratulations to Jerry Kassab, Chet Bell and Dr. Jay Reeve.
(8.18.14)

Mental health on the agenda.
Read the entire Sarasota Herald-Tribune article here.
(7.18.14)

More needed to help kids in mental health crisis.
"Recognizing the effectiveness of team-based mental health treatment for children and youth, legislators in Tallahassee wisely expanded mental health funding in the 2014-15 state budget."
Read the entire commentary in the Palm Beach Post by Mike Hansen here.
(7.09.14)