Behavioral Health Day 2019
The FBHA sponsored this year’s 2019-2020 Behavioral Day at the Capitol, with nearly 175 attendees who traveled to Tallahassee to meet with their local legislator to share their story and advocate for behavioral health issues. The theme “Well. Beyond Healthcare: Prevent. Support. Recover.” encompassed the work you do each day. It represents the many pathways for individuals to achieve long-term recovery or managing their mental illness.
The kick-off began in the morning with Melanie Brown-Woofter introducing Florida’s First Lady, Casey DeSantis, who discussed state agency coordination on behavioral health and announced the creation of the state’s (and nation’s) first Disaster Recovery Mental Health Coordinator for disaster recovery, which will work under the Division of Emergency Management. Long time Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and Department of Health (DOH) employee Darcy Abbott was named the Director and will work to coordinate and provide mental health services in communities hit by disasters.