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Meet Dr. Verra-Tirado, Chief, Bureau of Exceptional Ed and Student Services, FDOE

In this session, Dr. Verra-Tirado provides participants with an update on the latest initiatives and activities of the Bureau, which administers education programs for students with disabilities, coordinates student services throughout the state, and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Meet Dr. Verra-Tirado, Chief, Bureau of Exceptional Ed and Student Services, FDOE

Delegate Roundtable: Mental Health

One of the best ways for people that are new to a situation to become educated about their options is to speak with someone that has “been there” and “done that.” This year at The 17th Annual Family Cafe, The Delegates hosted roundtable conversations where attendees could network with other attendees to share experiences and strategies that have worked for them. If you are a person with a mental health need or a family member, or if you have a particular challenge your family is facing, this session may provide the support and guidance you need.

Delegate Roundtable: Mental Health

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woTHQEpqWfc

Saturday Keynote: Jack Levine, ABLE United - United, We Are Able

Keynote from The 18th Annual Family Cafe, June 10-12, 2016 in Orlando, FL.

Premiering at the 18th Annual Family Café is an informational session on a revolutionary piece of legislation for Floridians with disabilities. After eight years of advocating for a way to save and grow assets, the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act has been passed into law, and Florida is one of the first states to launch the program – ABLE United.

A $2,000 asset limit is no longer a barrier! ABLE United now allows for the creation of savings and investment accounts for Floridians with disabilities without negatively impacting Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid. Increase your savings through tax-free growth! Come learn about the ABLE Act and how ABLE United can provide you and your family financial freedom. The ABLE Act was championed at the national level by Florida’s Congressman Ander Crenshaw and in the state by Senate President Andrew Gardiner and Representative Ray Rodrigues, to provide new opportunities for the disability community. Florida has been a national leader on the ABLE Act, with Florida Prepaid College Board Deputy Executive Director Will Thompson emerging as a foremost expert and an integral part of ABLE United’s implementation.

For even more information on ABLE United, go to AbleUnited.com.

Saturday Keynote: Jack Levine, ABLE United - United, We Are Able

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 from The 19th Annual Family Cafe 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 of Children and Families, 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

Fresh Start Consumer Network of Florida

The Fresh Start Consumer Network of Florida (Statewide Consumer Network), established in 2006 and recognized/funded through SAMHSA in 2009 as Florida’s Statewide Consumer Network, focuses on its primary purpose of expanding its advocacy for culturally and linguistically competent services to underserved populations by developing and promoting activities and trainings throughout Florida, educating and empowering peers, and building new infrastructure that prioritizes peer and provider collaboration. This presentation focuses on education on Recovery Oriented practices, educating the community on the efforts promoted by Fresh Start Consumer Network, with a focus on establishing sustainable mechanisms for integrating the consumer “voice” in behavioral health systems and service delivery by preparing consumer leaders throughout the State of Florida through no-cost training, role modeling, and mutual peer support, in efforts of transforming the status quo towards a Recovery Oriented System of Care. Fresh Start also strives to promote skill development, with an emphasis on leadership and management, empowering consumers through training and support to ensure they are the catalysts for transforming the behavioral health and related systems in Florida, and to promote/increase peer services and the number of Peer Specialists in Florida’s behavioral health system of care that is truly person centered.

Fresh Start Consumer Network of Florida

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