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The Face of Schizophrenia

Muriel is the parent of Kimberly, age 29, and Michael, age 21. Muriel has lovingly and diligently advocated for Michael, who was diagnosed at age 4 on the autism spectrum, and at age 14, diagnosed with schizophrenia. Muriel will share her journey with her son as she continues to navigate the adult mental health system, ensuring her son continues to flourish to the best of his ability and receive the appropriate support and services necessary to his mental health wellness.

This session was recorded at The 14th Annual Family Cafe. You can view it in four parts by using the following links:

The Face of Schizophrenia Part 1

The Face of Schizophrenia Part 2

The Face of Schizophrenia Part 3

The Face of Schizophrenia Part 4

You Mean I Don't Have To Have All The Transition Answers?

That is correct! Transition preparation is our collective responsibility. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) stresses collaboration to ensure in-school youth with disabilities receive the services and resources required to help them reach their transition goals. Who belongs around the table? What can each offer? How do we work together to best prepare students with disabilities for life after high school? Knowing the right questions to ask and where to turn for answers are important first steps. This session will provide individuals and families an opportunity to come together to begin the discussion and walk away with a plan to better serve the transition needs of in-school youth.

You Mean I Don't Have To Have All The Transition Answers?

Recovery Rocks! The Self-Directed Care Way

Cindy Witt has been an active participant in a self-directed care program for over five years. She is also an active member of the program’s advisory council. Cindy is very passionate about advocating for herself and for others with severe and persistent mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses. Cindy shares how she went from being on life support to starting her recovery journey. She had hope and now has even more hope for her future. She believes that anyone who desires recovery and is willing to take personal responsibility for their own path to recovery, can make that desire their own reality. The FL Self-Directed Care Program (FL SDC) is an innovative service delivery program, placing individuals with mental illness at the center of their own decision-making. The FL Self-Directed Care Program believes that individuals are capable of choosing services and making purchases that will help them in their recovery and to develop or regain a life of meaningful, productive activity. Participants choose their recovery coach and are given a dollar budget to manage. Purchases are made to enhance their recovery and to help the individual reach their recovery goals. Purchases can be for traditional mental health services but also for non-traditional services, that result in the same (or better) outcomes as traditional mental health services. Cindy shares her story of hope, personal responsibility, and advocating for herself and her peers. You will learn how the FL SDC Program has empowered her to make her say “Recovery Rocks!”

Recovery Rocks! The Self-Directed Care Way

Working Roles in Recovery

This workshop informs participants on Certified Recovery Peer Specialist employment roles, competencies, and the Florida Certification process. Attendees are given an overview of the Florida Certification Board’s certification process in addition to learning about core competencies that apply to all forms of peer support and employment. Participants learn about the various roles that Certified Peer Specialist can fulfill and the job titles that apply to those roles and the core competencies necessary to fulfill these roles.

Working Roles in Recovery

Florida's Behavioral Health System for Children, Youth and Young Adults

Florida’s behavioral health system has undergone significant changes over the last five years, resulting in a system that is confusing and challenging for parents, caregivers and professionals assisting them. This presentation provides an overview of Florida’s current behavioral health system for children, youth, and young adults. Participants learn about what agencies provide behavioral health services, what services and supports are covered by the department, and how to access them. In addition, the presenters provide resource information targeted to parents, caregivers, and youth.

Florida's Behavioral Health System for Children, Youth and Young Adults

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