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NAMI Hernando Presents:
Mental Health Conversation with District 11 Congressional Candidates

When:
July 18th - 2pm - Daniel Webster
July 25th - 2pm - Justin Grabelle
August 8th - 2pm - Dave Koller

Where:
NAMI Hernando - Beautiful Mind Center
10554 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34608

RSVP To Tina at 352-684-0004 or by email at namihernando@gmail.com

Featuring:
Meet & Greet to learn more about the candidates • Discussion on mental health needs & resources • Hear their thoughts about mental health in the District • Light refreshments will be served
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- From the Tampa Bay Times -

County donates property for facility to provide mental health services

By Barbara Behrendt, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BROOKSVILLE — The longtime dream of a center to assist local residents in need of mental health support services moved a step closer to reality this week when the Henando County Commission agreed to give 7.7 acres to the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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- From the Tampa Bay Times -

State budget helps address mental illness in Hernando

By Dan DeWitt, Hernando Times Columnist
Thursday, March 24, 2016

BROOKSVILLE — The state budget signed last week by Gov. Rick Scott includes money for two projects designed to shore up Hernando County's scanty network of services for mentally ill residents.

The Hernando County School District will receive $500,000 to establish project StarFISH, which emphasizes early intervention for elementary and middle school students with mental health and behavior conditions.

Another $250,000 will go for a local Vincent House, a project the local chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness has been working on for more than a year.

The house, modeled after a facility that opened 13 years ago in Pinellas Park, would be a refuge for residents suffering from depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It would provide a venue for support groups and counseling. And it would teach work skills with the goal of helping mentally ill residents to return to work.

"Vincent House is a proven model," said David Lambert, the board chairman of Hernando County NAMI and spokesman for the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative.

"It's a great recovery through work program," he said. "It teaches people life skills and gets them employable again."

Florida ranks 49th out of 50 states in mental health funding, said NAMI executive director Joanne Schoch, and Hernando ranks near the bottom of funding for counties in the state.

The appropriation for Vincent House and StarFISH were pushed by lawmakers representing Hernando, Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, and Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby.

The county also has been supportive of Vincent House, Lambert said, and helped identify unused county-owned lots that might be suitable for the building. One of the main criteria, he said, is proximity to a bus route because many prospective clients are unable to drive or do not own a car.

NAMI's plans call for a 7,000-square-foot building, with 2,000 feet for NAMI offices and 5,000 for Vincent House.

It will cost a total of more than $1 million, and funding it will come partly from donations, such as the $125,000 raised last year with a "Dancing with the Local Stars" event.

StarFISH, the last four letters of which stands for Facilitating Individual Success and Hope, is based on an earlier program the district ran at West Hernando Middle School, said Judy Everett, the district's supervisor of exceptional student education.

"These are tried-and-true methodologies," she said.

The money will pay for counselors and other mental health professionals to work side by side with teachers, incorporating therapy into education.

The program includes outdoor recreation that gives the students valuable lessons on working together. It also will provide art therapy classes with the therapy part more noticeable to instructors than students.

"To the kids, it just looks like art," Everett said.

The funding will allow for one class at a middle school and two at yet-to-be-determined elementary schools.

The focus is on younger children, Everett said, because the previous project showed that many of the destructive behavior patterns were too deeply ingrained to change by adolescence.

She acknowledged that the program will be expensive to start but that it might eventually be paid for with Medicaid payments. Also, she said, it's cheaper than the long-term alternatives for deeply troubled young people, including, in some cases, institutionalization.

"Our goal is to keep these kids in Hernando and help them graduate and keep them with their families," Everett said, "because that's how I think we get the best outcomes."

Contact Dan DeWitt at ddewitt@tampabay.com; follow @ddewitttimes.

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Nativity Lutherans Church
First Methodist Church
Timber Pines Charity Club for their generous financial donation

NAMI Hernando Office Location

West of Mariner on the south side
of Spring Hill Drive

10554 Spring Hill Drive
Spring Hill, FL 34608

Office Hours and Phone Numbers

Office hours may vary.
352-684-0004

Beautiful Mind Outreach Center
Monday through Thursday: 9am - 3pm

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