“Hurricane preparedness starts with the essentials, like water and food, but it should also include knowing how to take care of your mental health in the wake of a disaster,” said Florida Association of Managing Entities CEO Natalie Kelly. “Behavioral health care providers in Florida have emergency preparedness plans so they can continue to provide services to existing clients and meet the needs of disaster survivors who need mental health services.”
Dr. Christine Cauffield, CEO of LSF Health Systems, spoke with Action News Jax about managing your mental health during COVID-19 and the importance of seeking help when needed. If you or someone you know needs help, please speak with a behavioral health care professional or call 2-1-1.
Another area in critical need for telehealth services is jails, as the long distances required for jail staff and inmates to travel for in-person treatment sessions made access limited. LTI, in partnership with Big Bend Community Based Care, a health care network based in Tallahassee, Florida, provided telehealth kiosks for use in five rural county jails in North Florida. The kiosks allow inmates to receive an assessment upon intake into the jail and continued treatment during their incarceration.
Central Florida Behavioral Health Network CEO Linda McKinnon, in a letter to the editor in the Tampa Bay Times, highlights the importance of prioritizing your mental health and seeking behavioral health services when needed.
Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, based in Tampa, encourages Floridians to prioritize their mental health and seek behavioral health services when needed…. Linda McKinnon, CEO, Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, Tampa