Community Involvement

SEFBHN has spearheaded or has become involved in several community initiatives/activities for the purpose of improving the Behavioral Health System of Care and improving access to services that include but are not limited to:

  • The Network Prevention Manager represents SEFBHN and Behavioral Health concerns as a Board member of the Circuit 15 Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.
  • The SEFBHN Director of Network Integrity and the SEFBHN Housing Specialist attend and participate in the Continuum of Care meetings in Circuits 15 & 19 which are geared at addressing homelessness issues in our community.
  • SEFBHN has taken a leadership role in the Palm Beach County Heroin Task Force (now know as The Opioid Task Force) that began meeting in May, 2016. This initiative came about due to the alarmingly high rate of heroin and opioid overdose in Palm Beach County. The Task Force is composed of over 40 representatives from multiple agencies including Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, Behavioral Health Providers, Health Care District of Palm Beach County, the Criminal Justice Commission, and the Delray Drug Abuse Task Force.
  • SEFBHN staff participate in the Child Death Review Committees in both Circuits 15 and 19. The purpose of the Committee is to determine if there are systemic issues that contributed to the child’s death. In connection with the Child Death Review committee an SEFBHN staff person is also a participant on the DCF Critical Incident Rapid Response Team (CIRRT) whose purpose is to respond immediately when a child has died or is seriously injured due abuse or neglect to review the circumstances of the case with a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • The SEFBHN Director of the Children’s System of Care hosts monthly Wraparound Learning Community Meetings to provide a venue for both provider network and non-network agencies who are implementing the practice of Wraparound Case Management to enhance their coaching skills as they work to certify additional Wraparound Case Managers.
  • SEFBHN has been participating in the 100 Day Challenge in Palm Beach County which is a collaborative effort of network providers, other funding agencies and stakeholder with the goal of operationalizing the recommendations of the Opioid Task Force. The purpose of this collaboration is to mobilize the community to: 1) increase the number of Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) Certified Recovery residences, with an emphasis on those that accept Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT); 2) increase and further develop the utilization of Peers in the workforce; 3) increase access and services for our indigent population in Recovery Residences; and 4) to destigmatize Medication Assisted Treatment.

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