Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare's Project T.A.L.K.S. Receives Full Support and Funding in the Florida Leads Budget
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Submitted by Laureen Pagel, Ph.D., CEO
June 21, 2021
Yulee, FL: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare announced that their very own Project T.A.L.K.S. was fully funded at $400,000 in the Florida Leads Budget. Project T.A.L.K.S. will support their previously awarded Florida Blue Talkable Communities grant and leverage the power of 5 major behavioral health providers across 6 counties to spread the message of attainable mental wellbeing for Northeast Florida.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled about the state budget approval for Project T.A.L.K.S.,” said Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare. “This funding supports our efforts to prevent suicide by adding a care coordinator in the emergency department at Baptist Hospital, a dedicated mental health therapist to pilot a new co-responder team with the Fernandina Beach Police Department, and so much more. I am humbled by the support from Senator Aaron Bean, Representative Cord Byrd, and Governor Ron DeSantis. This funding sends the message that increasing mental health is a top priority to the state of Florida.”
The primary goal of Project T.A.L.K.S. is to create ‘talkable communities’ that foster improved physical and mental well-being, increase social connectedness, decrease the incidence of mental health crisis, and effectively address trauma. Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, Gateway – Steps to Recovery, Child Guidance Center, Clay Behavioral Health Center, and EPIC Behavioral Healthcare will work together across Nassau, Duval, Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, and Flagler counties to:
About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens, and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 29 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit www.spbh.org.
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