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Miami Center for Mental Health and Recovery

Thriving Mind | South Florida broke ground May 31, 2019, on the Miami Center for Mental Health and Recovery. The Center will provide a comprehensive array of mental health, substance use and primary health services for our community’s most vulnerable individuals who have become involved in the criminal justice system.

Of the 2.6 million adults in Florida with mental health problems, 120,000 are arrested annually. Total cost to the justice system, including costs for police, the courts, jail and jail-based treatment, is estimated at $865 million annually, or $2.3 million per day. As the largest psychiatric institution in Florida, the Miami-Dade County jail houses 2,400 individuals with mental illnesses per day (57% of all inmates). This population has a range of needs for outpatient as well as inpatient services. For example, one cohort of high utilizers over a five-year period accounted for 2,200 jail bookings and 27,000 days in jail, with unmet needs for intensive psychiatric care. The total cost for treating the thousands of patients with mental illness currently in the jail system is $180 million a year, or nearly $500,000 per day.

This problem persists because treatment services available in the community tend to be misaligned, underfunded, and insufficient in scope and intensity to address the complex needs of individuals who experience severe and persistent forms of mental illnesses. The Center seeks to address these misaligned services through a receiving facility, integrated crisis stabilization unit and addiction receiving facility, various levels of residential treatment, day treatment and day activity programs, outpatient behavioral health and primary care treatment services, vocational rehabilitation and supportive employment services, and classroom/educational spaces.

Research has shown that this comprehensive approach will provide better outcomes and reduce the “revolving door”, where patients get inadequate treatment and then end up back on the street, in our emergency rooms or in our jails.  The facility is expected to welcome its first occupants in 2021.

Thriving Mind South Florida manages the contract for the Center, with local funding in the amount of $42.1 million ($34.1 million from Miami-Dade County’s general obligation bond program, with additional $8 million in capital support from the Jackson Health System – Public Health Trust).

Census 2020

We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the @uscensusbureau to support the #2020Census! As a partner, we’ll be working to ensure that our community is accurately represented. To learn about the upcoming census, visit 2020census.gov.

To help support these important efforts and ensure enough funding goes to mental health, please text THRIVE to 66539 to get text message updates from Thriving Mind Foundation/FL Counts.  By providing my cell phone number I agree to receive calls and texts to that number fromThriving Mind Foundation/FL Counts that may be automatically dialed or prerecorded.  Recurring Msgs. Reply STOP to quit, HELP for info. Msg & Data Rates May Apply 

  • Questions asked on the form: go here.
  • Why your answers matter, go here.
  • Response rates, go here.
  • How COVID-19 affected Census timelines, go here.
 
 
 

Miami Center for Mental Health and Recovery

Thriving Mind | South Florida broke ground May 31, 2019, on the Miami Center for Mental Health and Recovery. The Center will provide a comprehensive array of mental health, substance use and primary health services for our community’s most vulnerable individuals who have become involved in the criminal justice system.

Of the 2.6 million adults in Florida with mental health problems, 120,000 are arrested annually. Total cost to the justice system, including costs for police, the courts, jail and jail-based treatment, is estimated at $865 million annually, or $2.3 million per day. As the largest psychiatric institution in Florida, the Miami-Dade County jail houses 2,400 individuals with mental illnesses per day (57% of all inmates). This population has a range of needs for outpatient as well as inpatient services. For example, one cohort of high utilizers over a five-year period accounted for 2,200 jail bookings and 27,000 days in jail, with unmet needs for intensive psychiatric care. The total cost for treating the thousands of patients with mental illness currently in the jail system is $180 million a year, or nearly $500,000 per day.

This problem persists because treatment services available in the community tend to be misaligned, underfunded, and insufficient in scope and intensity to address the complex needs of individuals who experience severe and persistent forms of mental illnesses. The Center seeks to address these misaligned services through a receiving facility, integrated crisis stabilization unit and addiction receiving facility, various levels of residential treatment, day treatment and day activity programs, outpatient behavioral health and primary care treatment services, vocational rehabilitation and supportive employment services, and classroom/educational spaces.

Research has shown that this comprehensive approach will provide better outcomes and reduce the “revolving door”, where patients get inadequate treatment and then end up back on the street, in our emergency rooms or in our jails.  The facility is expected to welcome its first occupants in 2021.

Thriving Mind South Florida manages the contract for the Center, with local funding in the amount of $42.1 million ($34.1 million from Miami-Dade County’s general obligation bond program, with additional $8 million in capital support from the Jackson Health System – Public Health Trust).

Thriving Mind South Florida

A key partner in pursuing this important agenda is Thriving Mind | South Florida (contracting as the South Florida Behavioral Health Network,Inc.), a nonprofit organization that is charged by the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families with ensuring that families and individuals affected by mental illness and substance use disorders in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties can readily access innovative, effective and compassionate services that lead to health and recovery. The Network operates with the belief is that everyone is equally entitled to live with hope and lead meaningful lives.

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Together we can improve mental health in South Florida