Student Brain Health Initiative
What is Student Brain Health Initiative? 

The Brain Health Initiative is an early identification, assessment, and treatment program for uninsured 12 to 21 years of age who are experiencing symptoms of undiagnosed mental illness or substance abuse. These symptoms and associated behaviors have resulted in involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations, academic failure, and student suicides in Okaloosa schools. Law enforcement has been involved in calls from Okaloosa schools which result in student Baker Act commitments. One in every 5 youth has a diagnosable mental health condition, yet only 1/3 receive treatment. Untreated mental health conditions have seized national attention with mass shootings as the result of bullying, paranoia, alienation and suicide. The Brain Health Project is a collaboration with Okaloosa schools to identify, assess, provide treatment intervention before academic and career failure become mental health tragedies.

The Purpose of this Program is:

To reduce the number of Law Enforcement assisted student mental health commitments or student Baker Act calls. This reduction will also lower the student suicide rate. Students served by this program are between the ages of 12 to 21 years and are either uninsured, under-insured, or are unable to afford the cost of treatment & medications which may be prescribed to stabilize the student to return to the classroom learning environment.
 
 
 
 


In Crisis - Go to Nearest Hospital ER  I Suicide Life Line 1-800-784-2433  I
Abuse/Neglect of Children or Vulnerable Adults 1-800-962-2873  I  Veteran Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 press 1

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