- Visit healthcare.gov or call toll-free 1-800-318-2596.
- Find local “assisters” or schedule an appointment through the Get Covered Connector.
2-1-1 Brevard helpline specialists reported 436 callers in need of assistance with gas and/or electric bills — mostly electric bills — in October. This is consistently a top need for callers.
October 2014 Snapshot
In October, 2-1-1 Brevard staff visited Serene Harbor domestic violence shelter, which received 232 referrals in 2013.
Other agencies visited this year:
- Brevard County Community Action Agency, where specialists made 7,505 referrals in 2013.
- Catholic Charities, 5,388 referrals.
- Salvation Army-Melbourne, 4,466 referrals.
- Florida Department of Children and Families, 1,259 referrals.
- Housing Authority of Brevard County/Melbourne Housing Authority, 844 referrals.
- Brevard County Legal Aid, 689 referrals.
- Central Brevard Sharing Center, 674 referrals.
- Brevard Drop-In Center, 58 referrals.
A new assessment of behavioral health needs in Central Florida showed an increase in the “average number of unhealthy mental days” in Brevard County from 3.4 per month in 2007 to 3.7 in 2010.
It also said Brevard had the highest suicide rate of the four counties in 2012, with a rate of 20.3 per 100,000 residents.
“It showed that providers believe there is a strong need for more crisis intervention and crisis stabilization services,” said Libby Donoghue, 2-1-1 Brevard executive director. She attended a presentation of the report Friday in Cocoa. “Not surprisingly, the No. 1 barrier providers cited was money.”
The assessment was conducted by the Health Council of East Central Florida for Central Florida Care Health System. CFCHS oversees mental health and substance abuse treatment paid for by the state under contract with the Department of Children and Families.
Read the full report here.