Thriving Mind in the State Capitol
Thriving Mind leadership met with Florida Speaker pro tempore Bryan Avila, who chairs the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, on a recent trip to Tallahassee. Pictured are (left to right): Steve Zuckerman, Thriving Mind CFO; John W. Newcomer, M.D., Thriving Mind CEO; Natalie Kelly, CEO of the Florida Association for Managing Entities; Speaker Avila; and Paul Imbrone, Chair of the Thriving Mind Board of Directors.
Newcomer, Racher Featured on Podcast on Mental Health
John W. Newcomer, M.D., Thriving Mind President/CEO, and Susan Racher, Thriving Mind board secretary, and president of NAMI Miami-Dade, participated in a Community News Podcast on October 15. 

The podcast highlighted mental health issues in our community.

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Newcomer Joins Popack To Discuss Link Between Substance Use and Mental Health
Thriving Mind CEO John W. Newcomer, M.D., joins Moshe Popack on his #CommonDenominator podcast to discuss the relationship between substance use and mental illness, and how Thriving Mind is doing its part to help our community.

Watch the video here.
Schild Invited to Join State
Parent Advisory Committee
Allison Schild, Thriving Mind’s Peer Services Manager, was invited by the Casey Family Program to join the Florida Parent Advisory Committee. She has been selected to be part of this committee based on her experience and expertise on parent engagement and her lived in experienced in the Behavioral Health and Child Welfare Systems. She will be part of this committee alongside DCF Secretary Harris, DCF Deputy Secretary Hatch, DCF Asst. Secretary for CW Campfield as well as nine other parents from all over the state. 
Thriving Mind Sets up
SOAR Office Hours
Thriving Mind’s SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery ) Local Lead Guillermo Lauzurique has set up monthly virtual office hours on the last Thursday of every month. This allows providers the opportunity to “pop in” to an established Zoom line and ask any questions regarding the SOAR process. These virtual hours began in August and the first session was attended by 3 providers (Fellowship House, Banyan and Camillus House) and resulted in a group discussion about processes and overcoming barriers. For more information email Guillermo. G
Provider Recognitions
Thriving Mind Network Service Provider Agape received $3 million in funds from Miami-Dade County for much-needed residential construction.

Learn more about the project on Agape's website here.
Miami Recovery Project Executive Director, Thomas Guerra, was featured in video about people in recovery.


Go here to watch.
Healthy Start Coalition
Celebrates 20 Years
Thriving Mind South Florida congratulated Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade on their 20 years of dedicated service to the community. Under the outstanding leadership of Manny Fermin, Healthy Start has become a lead organization for maternal and child infant health services in our community. As Manny built enduring programs and provided mission-focused leadership, he increased funding, and he maintained steady commitment to the vision that “every child in our community can have a Healthy Start.”

News From the Keys
Red Ribbon Week
Over 20 students signed up to be prevention warriors at Horace O'Bryant Middle School. 
Over 200 students participated in signing the pledge to stay drug free and even some participated in making posters to spread around Key West High School. 
Thriving Mind Publishes Journal Articles

Proctor, S. L., Hoffmann, N. G., & Kopak, A. M. (2021). An ultra-brief 2-item depression screening tool for correctional populations. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 27, 36–39.

Hwong AR, Schmittdiel J, Schillinger D, Newcomer JW, Essock S, Zhu Z, Dyer W, Young-Wolff KC, Mangurian C. Smoking cessation treatment for individuals with comorbid diabetes and serious mental illness in an integrated health care delivery system. Addictive Behaviors. Print: 2021 Mar;114:106697. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106697. PMID: 33129613. 
Thriving Mind Participates in Presentations and Conferences
Newcomer Moderates Project Opioid Panel: John W. Newcomer, M.D., Thriving Mind CEO/President, moderated the Project Opioid Panel hosted by the Beacon Council on November 3, 2021. Project Opioid Miami-Dade is to educate business, faith, and community leaders on how they can help save the greatest number of lives by building a coalition, creating a regional overdose initiative, and promoting high-level advocacy. 
Newcomer, Singer Present NAMI Conference: Dr. John Newcomer alongside Miriam Singer, CEO of Jewish Community Services, presented on Personalized Care for Trauma: Supporting Resiliency and Recovery at the NAMI event facilitated on October 5. Link here.
Dr. Proctor Presents at Symposium: 34th Annual Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders: Steve L. Proctor, Ph.D., presented on "Program-Level Barriers to Addiction Treatment Initiation & Engagement: Cutting the Red Tape & Rolling Out the Red Carpet." (2021, September).

Staff Attend National Workshop on Suicide Prevention: Thriving Mind staff attended a two-day workshop (Nov. 3 and Nov. 8) put on my National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) on Advancing Training in Suicide Prevention in Clinical Care, sponsored by NIMH’s Division of Services and Intervention Research and the Suicide Research Team to assess the state of the science related to suicide prevention training in clinical care with the ultimate goal of preventing suicidal behavior through improved training of providers.
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