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May 21, 2018

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Opinion

Updated May 19, 2018 at 7:56 PM

Proposed Department of Corrections cuts would decimate substance abuse programs in the midst of the opioid epidemic

Sometimes the shortsightedness of our state government leaves me speechless — and that’s not a condition I’m very familiar with.

I learned of a recent mind-bogglingly irrational decision last Friday when P.J. Brooks of First Step of Sarasota told shocked attendees at the regular monthly meeting of the Behavioral Healthcare Consortium that his agency Read More

    Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Opinion

    If ever there was an example of Sarasota at its worst, it was the prolonged, divisive and bungled effort to find a solution to reducing the number of homeless individuals in our city. It’s been a dozen years since Sarasota was named “the meanest city in America” by the National Coalition for the Homeless — raising red flags of alarm for a city reliant on tourism — and Read More

    By Barbara Wulf, Patch Poster 

    Sarasota Patch | Mar 25, 2018 9:45 pm ET

    Newly hired Executive Director for NAMI Sarasota will help the affiliate grow.

    NAMI Sarasota County (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the nation’s largest organization for individuals and families affected by mental illness, has hired Colleen Thayer as their first Executive Director. As Executive Director, Ms. Thayer will provide leadership for NAMI Sarasota County’s mission and for the management of all programs Read More

    Gov. Scott signs SB 7026 into law | March 9, 2018

    This afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law SB 7026, which would make it easier for schools to identify students at risk of mental illness and intervene more quickly. The bill contained a number of controversial items including raising the age of gun purchases from 18 to 21 and the banning of bump stocks.

    In his signing ceremony, Gov. Scott recognized the controversial nature of the bill, saying it’s time for Read More

    The shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School weigh heavily on all our minds, in Florida and across the United States.

    Locally, Sarasota County has the ability to address some of the challenges related to mental illness and our at-risk youths, but more money from the Legislature and philanthropy should be devoted to the treatment of mental illness if we are to adequately address our community’s issues.

    Twenty percent of youths Read More

    Statement on violence, mental illness

    Feb. 22, 2018

    NAMI Florida has become increasingly concerned about the recent dialogue around violence and mental illness. One in five people, including children and youth, have or will experience a mental illness. The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent. In fact, people with mental illness are more likely to be the victims of violence. It’s time for NAMI Florida to stand up and speak up for individuals with mental illness and Read More
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