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CONCERNS ABOUT COVID AND

COMMUNITY UPDATES


NEW PROGRAM FROM HCSO
Sheriff Chad Chronister and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office are pleased to announce the launch of a program that will help deputies better communicate with vulnerable populations. 
The new online registration system is called "Project Safe Encounter.” Hillsborough County residents can register themselves or family members who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, blindness, autism, Down syndrome, deafness, and other medical and developmental disabilities that affect the way individuals interact and respond to law enforcement officers.
The information that is voluntarily provided through "Project Safe Encounter" will be available to deputies as they respond to a call involving the registered person and/or their address. Deputies will be able to quickly access pictures, information about how to best communicate with the individual, and potential triggers to avoid.
"In times of crisis, every second counts," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "With this information now readily available to our deputies, they will be prepared to deescalate a situation before they even respond to a call and come into contact with the known individual."


NEW COVID WEBSITE DASHBOARD PROVIDED BY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY:
https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/stay-safe/covid-19-dashboard


RESOURCES - STRESS, ANXIETY AND HEALTH NEEDS:


211 TAMPA BAY CARES 
We're a Lifeline Connection To Anyone In Need.  Improving Lives Through The Power Of Information And Hope. Our goal is to have a community that is connected and informed regarding critical health & human service information for those who need help & those who are willing to volunteer or donate their time to local community agencies. Services include:
211 (Information And Referral Services)
Adult Emergency Financial Assistance Program (AEFAP)
Family Services Initiative (FSI)
Florida Veterans Support Line (My FL Vet)
Healthy Transitions
Help Me Grow (HMG)
Homeless Helpline
Pinellas Rapid Rehousing Collaborative
Resource Database Curation
Ride United
Sexual Assault Services Hotline
Suicide Prevention
2-1-1 Is Here 24/7 For You - Call 211 From Any Phone Or Text Your Zip Code To 898211


24 HOUR HELP LINE OFFERED BY CIGNA
Cigna is also providing free resources for all customers, clients and communities to support them during these times of high stress and anxiety. The company has opened a 24-hour toll-free help line (1-866-912-1687) to connect people directly with qualified clinicians who can provide support and guidance. Additionally, the company will offer a webinar to the general public raising awareness about tools and techniques for stress management and building resiliency, along with the ability to join telephonic mindfulness sessions. More Information can be found at www.cigna.com.  "Anxiety is understandably high as we are learning more about the spread of this disease," said Douglas Nemecek, M.D., Cigna's chief medical officer for behavioral health. "Aligned to our focus on whole-person health, we are expanding behavioral support and resources for everyone – whether they are Cigna customers or not – to help everyone stay resilient during this critical time. 


CHEW ON THIS - TALKING OVER LUNCH ABOUT OUR NEW NORMAL
"Chew On This" is a series of free workshops facilitated by BayCare Behavioral Health's Community Health Activation Team. Mental health has never been more important than now amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19. Topics change weekly but all provide a chance to talk, share, and learn strategies to improve wellness.
Registration is required for these free events: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chew-on-this-talking-over-lunch-about-our-new-normal-tickets-107712216138   #virtualsupport #chewonthis #mentalheathsupport #mentalhealth


FEELING STRESSED DURING THIS TIME OF ISOLATION? WANT SOMEONE TO TALK TO?
It’s common to feel stressed or anxious during these challenging times. Many people are experiencing increased levels of stress, fear and anxiety. The need for social distancing makes it harder to access our normal social supports. Being in contact with people who can relate to your experiences is comforting. Centerstone’s CareLine can help you learn about coping skills, find resources, and feel supported. If you or someone you know needs to talk, the team at Centerstone is available to help. 24/7 CareLine - 941-782-4300 #CstoneNeverQuits


MARY PETRO FOOD AND MEDICINE FUND
The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund assists full- time residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point with food and medicine/medical needs. To qualify for assistance, clients must have an income less than $20,000 per year for singles and less than $25,000 for couples.  The Mary Petro Food and Medicine Fund Office is located at the Sun City Center United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd W, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Applications are available at the Mary Petro Office and the United Methodist Church Office. For questions please call 813-634-8306. 


MENTAL HEALTH TIPS FROM OUR VA
Mental health is taking a beating during this time of Coronavirus isolation. Listen in to learn what you can do to prevent an explosion. Troy Howell. MD, heads up the Suicide Prevention efforts in the Psychiatric Dept of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital. Dr. Howell works every day to stop suicides in our veteran population. I asked him to concentrate on the mental health effects of living with the Corona Virus not only on our vets but also on their families. Even with all of the resources being directed toward the pandemic, the psychiatric department at Haley has risen to meet the problem and you will find the ideas he presents very interesting and useful in this time of stress. Here is a link to this program just click on the link and listen in. https://www.buzzsprout.com/952243/4457765


SENIOR MENTAL HEALTH INPATIENT THERAPY
Serenity Place is the only inpatient, voluntary, acute care, and geriatric, behavioral health program in the Sarasota area. It serves patients 50 and older who need acute mental health treatment in a safe, compassionate and tranquil environment. Our 16-room behavioral health center is in a dedicated wing of the hospital to ensure confidentiality and privacy. 
Treatments offered
Our senior behavioral health treatment programs are customized for each patient and include:
Individual therapy, Group therapy, Educational groups, Loss management and relapse prevention, Group activities (such as music, dance, reminiscence and yoga), Outpatient treatment program, 
Transitions provides a safe, therapeutic, environment that encourages and promotes recovery. We offer psychotherapy and psychoeducation in partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient settings for those 18 years of age and older.
Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
PHP is designed to provide psychiatric and mental health care through active treatment . It is for patients who need a highly structured, intensive treatment approach, but do not require 24-hour supervision and care.
Our group therapy:
Meets in four groups each day with an emphasis on mental health and coping
Focuses on a variety of subjects designed to aid patients in understanding and managing their symptoms in a more effective way.
Patients receive ongoing monitoring and treatment from a psychiatrist, registered nurse and licensed therapist.
PHP is held five days a week, Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
IOP is designed to provide a higher level of outpatient mental health treatment. In our IOP:
Group members participate in three groups each day with an emphasis on mental health and coping. The groups focus on a variety of different subjects, such as coping skills, assertiveness skills, goal setting, and establishing supports. IOP is a three day per week program offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.


TELEHEALTH AT BRANDON MENTAL HEALTH 
Now offering Telehealth to new and existing clients! Brandon Mental Health provides an essential service and is continuing office appointments with recommended precautions to protect our patients and their health from the COVID-19 virus. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or feel you might be contagious, please stay at home and call us at 813-315-8648 to reschedule. For office appointments, we will maintain the recommended social distance during all interactions. Please wait in your car and your therapist will text or call you when they are ready for you to come to their office. https://brandonmentalhealth.com/


TELEHEALTH: CALL GRACEPOINT
Adult Crisis: 813-272-2958
Children's Crisis: 813-272-2882
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay: 813-264-9955


TELEBEHAVIORAL HEALTH - Welcome to the 21st Century
Telebehavioral health, or telehealth, is the latest innovative platform in mental health services. Thera-link, one of the top telehealth providers, is the venue that the Marriage and Family Training Center utilizes to meet the needs of its clients. This platform is HIPAA compliant, confidential, and safe. The Marriage and Family Training Center's founder, William R. Cruz, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida. With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Cruz provides individual, couple, family and group counseling. For more information and to book an appointment, go to www.mftcfl.com.


TELE-THERAPY
Edmond Dubreuil LCSW, from the Community Mental Wellness Center, Sun City Center. I would like to inform you due to the Corona Virus I now offer tele-conferencing sessions from the safety  of your home. This service is approved by your insurance provider. If you need support during these trying time please contact me and we can set up an appointment. If you are interested please call or text my at 813-777-9777 or email me at edubreuil @tampabay.rr.com.   


WEST COAST FLORIDA MENTAL WELLNESS COALITION
Like the Crisis Center, a new alliance of local agencies that helps people with mental health issues and addictions is seeing an uptick in inquiries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit West Central Florida Mental Wellness Coalition is comprised of almost 30 hospitals, government and law enforcement agencies, health-care groups, schools, businesses, and others with interests in mental health in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties. It formed in 2019 so members with mental health expertise in specific areas could get a collective, big-picture view.  The Coalition is braced for a surge of inquiries, especially as people assess their circumstances as a result of the coronavirus. “Coming out the other side will be the big challenge,” says Carrie Zeisse, the Coalition’s president and CEO.  Email the Coalition at info@wcf-mwc.org.

 

Warmest regards,

 

Debbie Caneen

Director of Admissions

Sun Towers Retirement Community

101 Trinity Lakes Drive

Sun City Center, FL 33573

813-892-2990

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