Archive for October, 2014

New report assesses behavioral health needs in Brevard

distressA 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.

New annual report: Specialists answer 38,000 calls in fiscal year

  • More than 15,000 calls to 2-1-1 in the past fiscal year dealt with “basic needs.” The most – 4,090 – were about struggles to pay utility bills. Next was food.
  • At least 3,768 calls came from the 32935 ZIP code in Melbourne, more than from any other ZIP in Brevard County. Next was 32780 in Titusville.
  • At least 61 percent of more than 38,000 calls answered came from females.

Read the new annual report here or contact communications manager Belinda Stewart for more information.

September: Database visits up 34% over same month in 2013

Google Analytics recorded 2,642 visits to 2-1-1 Brevard’s community resource database in September 2014 compared with September 2013. That’s an increase of 676 visits or 34 percent.
September 2014 Snapshot

Four campaigns aimed at preventing child deaths in Florida

Children are at the heart of why many people call 2-1-1: They want to improve and protect the quality of life of the little ones.
“That makes the Florida Department of Children and Families’ campaigns to prevent childhood deaths even more near and dear to our hearts,” said Libby Donoghue, 2-1-1 Brevard executive director.
Callers’ needs may be basic – such as food and shelter – or emotional. For example, 2-1-1 specialists logged 273 callers in need of referrals related to “child abuse prevention/parent education” and 159 callers in need of safe, affordable day care.
Watch the Florida DCF’s four campaign videos – including “Who’s REALLY Watching Your Child?” – at 2-1-1’s new YouTube playlist by clicking here or on image. Click here to learn more about the campaigns.