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Mental Health and Secondary Transition: What Families Need to Know

Youth with mental health disabilities are often at risk for dropping out of high school, leading to poor post-school outcomes, such as employment and post-secondary education. This presentation provides an overview of the role mental health plays in secondary transition for students with emotional/behavioral disabilities (E/BD) or mental health concerns, including key elements of a successful transition. Utilizing expertise from two discretionary projects, one focused on supporting students with E/BD (SEDNET), and one focused on secondary transition (Project 10), the presentation is tailored to identify resources and supports available to students and families during secondary transition.

Mental Health and Secondary Transition: What Families Need to Know

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

The 19th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

At The 19th Annual Family Cafe, the organization continued its tradition of connecting Annual Family Café attendees with elected officials and policy makers at the highest level of government to foster a productive dialogue about the issues facing Floridians with disabilities and the impact public policy has on their daily
lives. The Annual Governor’s Summit on Disabilities presents a unique opportunity to hear from leaders of both the Executive and Legislative branches of our state government, as well as representatives of multiple State Agencies that serve people with disabilities in our state.

Governor Rick Scott was elected to office in 2010, and is now in his second term as Florida’s chief executive. He was joined by leaders from State Agencies that serve Floridians with disabilities. Together, they shared their vision for Florida's service delivery system, and their thoughts on building more inclusive, accessible communities throughout Florida.

The 19th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

Understanding APD Services

This session from The 19th Annual Family Cafe provides insight into how APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. It includes discussion of how APD provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services. Identify creative supports that may be available for individuals with a development disability. Acquire how one can become a client with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and learn the benefits of being a client. Companionship services, personal assistance, job coaching, personal trainer, and self-advocacy training are just a few.

Understanding APD Services

The 16th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

Florida’s Governor, Rick Sott joined Family Café attendees for a conversation on trends and policies that impact the disability community at The 16th Annual Family Cafe. This presented a unique opportunity to hear directly from Florida’s leading elected official. The Governor was joined by State Senator Bill Galvano, who represents District 26, and Chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. He is a long-time advocate for people with disabilities and supporter of The Family Café, and he was able to share a legislative perspective on Florida’s disability policy.

The 16th Annual Governor's Summit on Disabilities

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