CLEAR Warm Line 800 945 1355

CLEAR Warm Line 800 945 1355 The CLEAR Warm Line is for individuals with a mental illness who want to talk with someone who shares personal experience coping with mental health issues. When you need someone to listen or need to feel heard, please call. We are here for you without judgment to provide support! Peer Operators are available to take your call from 4:00pm – 10:00pm, 7 days per week *To ensure you are getting the help you need, please note that we are NOT a crisis hotline!

Florida pilot program to coordinate mental health services

Florida pilot program to coordinate mental health services BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS •   OCTOBER 29, 2015 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – State officials are launching a pilot program aimed at better coordinating mental health services. Broward County is the first of three communities in the pilot program ordered by Gov. Rick Scott and administered by the Department of Children and Families. The goal is to create a statewide model for a coordinated system for behavioral health services. State officials say the current system is too fragmented. DCF recently hosted a planning meeting in Broward County and created a local committee to lead the efforts, which will focus primarily on criminal justice diversion efforts. The committee is charged with assessing the current system, identifying goals and recommending models for coordinated care and refinements to the budget process. Republished via: COPYRIGHT 2014 FORT MYERS BROADCASTING COMPANY

We Feeling A Little Paranoid

(update – Feb 2015 for some unknown reason my image won’t show up any more…it making me Feel A Little Paranoid) As part of my “symptoms” living with bipolar disorder in the host of other gifts. Paranoia at one time ruled the roost for quite a while. While mild to some degree it definitely did not go unnoticed within my family Circle. Now I say that it wasn’t paranoia but instead just “best practices” when it comes to safety.  Tearing up documents removing my name in the family name and children’s names from different items that were being thrown away or shared with other people. Try to make it a habit to turn off my modem at night so the Wi-Fi was and always working. Then this morning I woke up and I discovered this the FBI has a modem in my neighborhood. Should I click it? Why is my router picking a up FBI surveillance Wi-Fi in my neighborhood?  It’s a sure way to make anyone feel a little paranoid… Truth be told I looked out my window!  Was I feeling guilty, paranoid or just curious? I believe it was a little of all three! Peter Ambassador Chato Stewart ——————–ad A new, full service treatment center brings a European touch to Florida. The London Treatment Center is now accepting new patients for holistic out-patient drug and alcohol treatment.

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention –

 Facts and Myths on suicide 32 yrs. and updated 16 years ago have not change. Reade what the surgeon general has to say about it. In April of 1998, the U.S. Surgeon-General commissioned report on suicide in America. Dr. David Satcher declared to a meeting of the American Society of Suicidology, “I’m convinced that we can shape a different future for this country as it relates to mental health and as it relates to suicide.” Mental disorders also are tragic contributors to mortality, with suicide perennially representing one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States and worldwide. There is a lot of information and misinformation surrounding the issues of suicide. Suicide awareness groups are trying to reach the public with the proper information about suicide. Below is an excerpt of fables and facts about suicide, according to Dr Bill Blackburn, author of the 1982 book, What You Should Know About Suicide, p.44-47:  32 year old facts – review them and adapt them to 2014 Fable:   People who talk about suicide won’t do it. Fact:      It is estimated that about 80% of persons who take their lives have given signals about their intentions.          Suicide threats should always be taken seriously.     Fable:   Mentioning suicide may give the person the idea. Fact:     For a person who is considering suicide, having someone to talk the idea out with can be a powerful    preventive. If the person has not thought about suicide but is obviously anxious or depressed, to […]

Florida Shifts Medicaid Mental Health Strategy 

This KHN story also ran in . It can be republished for free. (details) Seeking to improve care and lower costs, Florida this month became the first state to offer a Medicaid health plan designed exclusively for people with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar conditions. The plan — offered by Avon, Conn.-based Magellan Complete Care — is part of a wave of state experimentation to coordinate physical and mental health care for those enrolled in Medicaid. Mental illness is a big driver of Medicaid costs because it is twice as prevalent among beneficiaries of the public insurance program for the poor as it is among the general population. Studies show that enrollees with mental illness, who also have chronic physical conditions, account for a large share of Medicaid spending. Yet many Medicaid programs, including Florida’s, have traditionally contracted with separate companies to provide coverage for mental health services, making coordination more difficult.  “We don’t want to have a situation where your brain is in one HMO, your teeth are in a second HMO and your eyes are in a third HMO,” said Florida Medicaid Director Justin Senior. “Your whole head should be in the same organization and that is why we have done this reorganization.” About 140,000 low-income Floridians are expected to be eligible and Magellan predicts about 20,000 will participate voluntarily in the first year.  Medicaid recipients who meet the plan’s criteria will automatically be assigned to it by the state, though they have […]

Mental Health

The SAMH Program is the legislatively appointed state authority for substance abuse, mental health, and methadone designation. The program is governed by Chapters 394 and 397 of the Florida Statutes and is responsible for the oversight of a statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders.