Left to right: John Newcomer, Thriving Mind South Florida; Commissioner Willy Gort, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava; Commissioner Audrey Edmonson; Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Commissioner Sally Heyman; Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez; Tom Thornton, Thornton Construction Company
Groundbreaking for mental health center truly breaks new ground
$40 Million, 180,000 sq. ft. 208-bed center gives new hope for individuals with mental health issues in Miami-Dade
Mental health and recovery for afflicted individuals in Miami-Dade County took a giant leap forward. Thriving Mind South Florida (contracting as South Florida Behavioral Health Network, Inc), a nonprofit organization supported by Florida’s Department of Children and Families that funds prevention and treatment services for serious mental illness and substance use disorders for the uninsured population of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, along with state and local officials “broke ground” on the renovation of a facility that will treat residents with mental illness who are diverted from the criminal justice system into treatment.
Spearheaded by Thriving Mind South Florida, the new facility is a collaboration with Miami Dade County, the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Criminal Mental Health Project (CMHP), and the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR). The new facility will offer a comprehensive range of mental health, substance use and primary healthcare services targeting high-cost, high-need individuals within the public health system.
“Today is a tremendously meaningful day for our community in South Florida,” said John W. Newcomer, M.D., president and CEO of Thriving Mind South Florida. “This new facility will allow us to increase access to care and drive excellence in services for mental health and substance use disorders.”
Located at 2200 NW 7th Ave., Miami, renovations will begin immediately with a goal of opening by late 2020.
Joining Newcomer at the event were a host of city, county and state officials who lauded the innovative $40 million project. In addition to Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, others attending the ceremony included Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor; Audrey M. Edmonson, Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Commission; Sally A. Heyman, Miami-Dade County Commissioner; Willy Gort, City of Miami Commissioner; Judge Jeri Cohen, Miami-Dade County Court; and Judge Steven Leifman, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, who led the effort to bring this project to Miami.
The facility will include space for core treatment services and also provide employment training, educational services, and housing assistance. In addition, the center will support research, education, and training to improve access to services and quality of care across the community. The goal is to ensure that individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Miami-Dade County receive effective community-based care that reduces demand for more costly services in acute care and institutional settings like emergency rooms, jails and hospitals.
Following the groundbreaking, a mental health and substance use roundtable
discussion was hosted by Thriving Mind South Florida, with distinguished guest Lieutenant Governor Jenette Nuñez. Discussions covered access to mental health services, public safety, housing and public health. The roundtable was held at nearby Camillus House in the Bank of America Community Room at the Knight Foundation Building.
About Thriving Mind South Florida
Thriving Mind South Florida is a nonprofit organization charged by the Florida Department of Children and Families with ensuring that families and individuals affected by mental illness and substance use disorders in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties can readily access innovative, effective and compassionate services that lead to health and recovery. With an almost 20-year history of supporting innovative, cost-effective, consumer-focused programs serving South Florida, Thriving Mind is committed to a leadership role in ensuring individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders receive the highest levels of evidence-based treatment when and where it is needed. For additional information and the latest news, visit www.thrivingmind.org.