The Charlotte County NAMI is now up and running with monthly peer and family support groups! The next meeting is December 9th.
National Alliance on Mental Illness is a non-profit organization whose membership is dedicated to the welfare of persons with serious mental illness.
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The Fred Lang Foundation awarded Charlotte Behavioral Health Care with a $30,000 grant to be utilized for children, adolescents and family services. Donna Worthley, president of the foundation, presented the grant to CBHC CEO Jay Glynn. This grant was possible due to the generosity of those sponsoring and attending the 11th annual Summer Ball.
A portion of this year’s grant will be applied to Charlotte Behavioral Health Care’s specialty program Art & Soul Summer Camp. This program allows 25 children seen at CBHC to attend summer camp for expressive arts and dance.
The remaining portion of the grant will be used for funding a part-time children’s therapist dedicated to child/adolescent crisis stabilization at CBHC’s CSU, providing evaluation and therapy, medication management and monitoring.
“We are fortunate that the Fred Lang Foundation continues to support CBHC and allows us to add services for children and adolescents,” said Jessica Boles, director of public relations at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. “The dollars raised go a long way. Year after year, the foundation makes a valuable investment in our community’s future. That commitment will pay off in Charlotte County for years to come.”
Sponsorships are now being accepted for the 12th annual Summer Ball, which is planned for July 25, 2015, at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. For information about this and other gifts and contributions, call Ms. Boles at 347-6407.
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If You Think You’re a Great Parent, then Your Focus is on the Wrong Family Member!
- We write on walls to talk to friends. (Facebook)
- Yes use carrier pigeon to send short messages. (Twitter)
- We use a cork board to show photos (Pinterest)
What Can We Do to Save our Family or Re-Connect with Them?
- We all find happiness when our basic needs are met like food, clothing, shelter. But, when is enough really enough or too much? My wife feels that the more you have, the more you have to take care of and worry about. All families need to find contentment and appreciation for what they already have. Many in our global family suffer without even basic things like enough food or clean water. Here in the States, we may be accustomed to a luxurious standard of living in comparison to other countries. Media constantly bombard parents and kids with the latest items… everyone “needs” to run out and purchase these latest trending items to: be happy, feel beautiful, be young or to keep up with the Jones. Over-consumerism is destroying our planet and sadly, some families too.
- Providing for my family is important to me as a husband and father. I realize that I also need to make sure my family’s mental, emotional health is provided for as well. Each parent needs to consider what may be positively or negatively impacting the mental health of their children. Spending lots of time obtaining the latest device or new piece of clothing and spending less time communicating with my family…can have a negative impact.
- Having dinner (or at least one meal) together if possible daily as a family can help me as a Father/Parent/Husband communicate with my family to check-in and find out how everyone is feeling and doing. Each family needs a safe environment emotionally in order to thrive mentally.
- Kids need more than the latest toys, clothes, gadgets to be happy. Thinking in terms of the whole child… examining and contemplating our kids’ health both physical and mental, emotional is important. As a parent, who has struggled at times, with mental and physical health issues…My kids over-all well-being is important to me. I am sure your kids’ health is important to you.
- Communicating with our kids openly and freely and on a need-to-know, age-appropriate basis can help sustain and maintain our kids’ mental, physical and emotional health. Parents and kids need on-going education to be able to tackle any challenge together in a positive, peaceful manner that contributes to the over-all mental and emotional health of the entire family.
- What kinds of things do you do together as a family? Besides fighting? (Just joking)… sadly, though, some families cope often with conflict. Acquiring better or peacefully effective communication skills between parents and parents, between kids and kids and between parents and kids can help everyone stay healthy, wise and mentally well.
- Reducing the risk of wildlife-to-human transmission from contact with infected fruit bats or monkeys/apes and the consumption of their raw meat. Animals should be handled with gloves and other appropriate protective clothing. Animal products (blood and meat) should be thoroughly cooked before consumption.
- Reducing the risk of human-to-human transmission from direct or close contact with people with Ebola symptoms, particularly with their bodily fluids. Gloves and appropriate personal protective equipment should be worn when taking care of ill patients at home. Regular hand washing is required after visiting patients in hospital, as well as after taking care of patients at home.
- Outbreak containment measures including prompt and safe burial of the dead, identifying people who may have been in contact with someone infected with Ebola, monitoring the health of contacts for 21 days, the importance of separating the healthy from the sick to prevent further spread, the importance of good hygiene and maintaining a clean environment. www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/
Tuesday, October 7th was NAMI Charlotte County meeting. It was standing room only at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care (CBHC) in Punta Gorda. With a panel from the F.A.C.T. Team, CBHC and Riverside Behavioral Center for a Q and A open format on a hot topic…The BAKER Act.
The Baker Act was set up in 1971 to protect the “rights of all individuals examined or treated for mental illness in Florida.” But after 43 years, a lot has changed…most of the change is how it is funded and at present how one is “Baker Acted.”
States DCF Brochure: What Is Involuntary Examination and How Is It Conducted?
- An involuntary exam is a psychiatric exam conducted without a person’s consent, often called “getting Baker Acted.”
- Involuntary exams are initiated by:
- Law enforcement officers (49%) (2011 stats)
- Mental health professionals and physicians (49%) (2011 stats)
- Circuit courts (2%) (2011 stats)
Criteria for involuntary exam are that the individual:
- Appears to have a mental illness
- Presents a danger to self or others
- Refuses voluntary exam or is unable to understand need for exam
AT the NAMI Charlotte County meeting, I did not get a head count. I did help bring chairs over from the break room and in my mind’s eyes I can see about 32 people including the 3 panel members.
This was a special meeting for NAMI Charlotte County. Special in the way that we had the big three providers at one locations for a fledgling group. Still, the topic matter is serious and many times very personal. All the more reason, NAMI Charlotte County, needs to be back here in the Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.
Yes, at the meeting, no one was pulling any punches with topics FACT TEAM Member, and River Side Rep and Vickie D’Agostino answering what could be answered – and – we needed to remind ourselves a few times that this is a process. We talked about the Baker Act and its benefits. While there are people on both sides of the fence on the BACKER ACT: People living with mental health issues some times hate it and mothers and fathers sometimes feel it can be a blessing to get their child needed help. Others feel it lacks teeth to do the job. Still others are happy to avoid it all together and just volunteer themselves for evaluation. Then there are the Court ordered Backer Act’s. (A complex topic for sure.)
Vickie D’Agostino said “some of our (CBHC’s) most effective mental health programs are actually court ordered, when they don’t want treatment.”
It was surprising for me to hear that a huge part of the Baker Act law that would HELP the most – OUT patient treatment – was never funded!
Moving on to CIT. DID you know? YOU can REQUEST a CIT trained officer when you need help? I am going to follow up on this and call the Charlotte Sheriff Department to talk to someone about this. I would like to see if there is a way to do some type of test of the department CIT response in handling a matter…something like a fire drill. The sheriffs receive 40 hours of CIT, but there is a HUGE difference between how it’s handle in a book and in a real life scenario.
I guess that is what the CIT training is for, I hear there is one coming up in November in Ft Myers.
Chato Stewart Consumer Peer Ambassador
Video Credits: NAMI Charlotte County Re-Cape Video Victoria D’Agostino, LMHC
Chief Operating Officer
Charlotte Behavioral Health Care Jesse Babcock III, LCSW,
Administrator of Riverside Behavioral Center. Mike
NAMI Charlotte County Video By Chato Stewart Consumer Peer Ambassador