Progress for Mental Health Today: Policy and Practice

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Presented by Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College

Ranking 50th in the nation for mental health funding, Florida is faced with a mental health crisis that burdens families and communities, and strains public and private agencies alike. Locally, many of those in need of services end up in jail, in the revolving doors of 3-day involuntary Baker Act commitments, or cycling in and out of emergency rooms. This forum will explore past practices in comparison with recent state-wide and local initiatives. Panelists will highlight the critical work that’s left to be done to promote proper treatment and end the criminalization overshadowing mental health and addiction illness.

Representatives of behavioral health resource providers will be available before and after the program.

In Partnership with: Project H.E.A.L.
The mission of St. Petersburg College’s
Project H.E.A.L. (Healthy Emotions and Lives) is to prevent suicide and promote a College community dedicated to mental health wellness.

Free and open to the public. Online registration is requested.

Date and Time

Wednesday, October 2
6-7:30 p.m.

St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Music Center St. Petersburg College
6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg


Featured Speaker:
Hon. Steve Leifman, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County

Dr. Carleah East, St. Petersburg College Faculty and Project H.E.A.L.

Ruth Power, Central Florida Behavioral Health

Network Moderator:
Kathleen Peters, Commissioner – District 6, Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners