Community Involvement

SEFBHN has spearheaded or has become involved in many community initiatives/activities for the purpose of improving the Behavioral Health Recovery-Oriented System of Care and improving access to services and supports 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 support and participate in the Palm Beach County BeWellPBC campaign. This community collective impact approach is to transform behavioral health in Palm Beach County. BeWellPBC strives to create a community culture in which every person in Palm Beach County thrives because they feel empowered, hopeful, supported and connected. To do this, individuals across all sectors will be engaged in the ongoing design and implementation including those with lived experience, caregivers and natural community supports.
  • SEFBHN is an active participant in the Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures initiative. Birth to 22 is the alliance of community partners to affirm a whole child approach to this collaborative work, focusing on six domains of child and youth development: physical health, behavioral health, academic readiness, social/emotional well-being, career readiness, and connection and contribution to community and society.
  • SEFBHN staff support and participate in the Roundtable of St. Lucie County. The Roundtable of St. Lucie County brings together executive level community leaders – from the school system, law enforcement, government, social service agencies and more – to address obstacles and make a real, lasting difference in the lives of St. Lucie County children.
  • In collaboration with the Florida Department of Health, SEFBHN participates in School Health Advisory Committees. These county-specific committees promote health and academic success of our youth through collaboration and partnership.
  • SEFBHN shares data and expertise for Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans.
  • In partnership with the Department of Children and Families, SEFBHN has conducted Executive Order Meetings to develop circuit wide plans on how best to meet the behavioral health care needs and the public safety needs of citizens.
  • In order to coordinate services for youth served by more than one agency, SEFBHN staff participate on Interagency Local Review Teams in both Circuits 15 and 19. Other partners include Agency for Health Care Administration/Medicaid Managed Care Plans, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Children and Families, Community Based Care Organizations i.e., ChildNet and Communities Connected for Kids, Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice, Florida Department of Education and SEDNET (The Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities), Florida Department of Health, Guardian Ad Litem’s Office and Office of Early Learning.
  • SEFBHN leads a High Fidelity Wraparound Initiative bringing implementation and sustainability region-wide. SEFBHN provides collaborative system-level supports in establishing this evidence informed practice, guided and driven by consumers and families. A major goal is for community-wide culture shift to strength-based, trauma informed, culturally and linguistically competent practices.
  • 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 a 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 to abuse or neglect to review the circumstances of the case with a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • 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.