There’s no widespread system of care for mental health patients in Florida.
That’s particularly true of the mental health needs of children, youth, and young adults who have experienced trauma, as well as their families.
That’s why advocates in Jacksonville are working to create a system of care to reach out to kids in need of mental health services.
“One of the things we found was that we needed more clinical competency with our physicians. So we brought in training for trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. We brought in infant mental health training, and developed youth and family run organizations to be able to provide mental health support,” said Vicki Waytowich with the Partnership for Child Health.
Waytowich said groups are collaborating on a new system of care for LGBTQ youth in this area.
Melissa Ross can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 904-358-6382 or on Twitter at @MelissainJax.