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The Charlotte County  Collective Weekly Update   

Newsletter Date 

In This Issue

Volume 2, Number 61 

Meetings & Notices

 Meetings, Notices 

 Family Services Center Leased Space  Opportunity 

C3 Meeting: April 12th, 2012 3‐4pm held  at the Charlotte County Health Dept,  1100 Loveland Blvd Port Charlotte,  second floor conference room –  presentation speaker: Sandi Kaiser  Value Options Customer Affairs  Coordinator  

 Charlotte Community Foundation    SOARS Training Event   Guardian ad Litem Needs You   Moms hooked on prescription drugs   FADAA Webinar   Drug Free Charlotte    Heart of Mercy Ministries  

Links to Charlotte County Service Agencies

Charlotte County Health Dept     Charlotte County Homeless Coalition   

EACH Meeting: April 13th, 9‐11am at the  Edgewater United Methodist Church  Narcotics Anonymous: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday’s  7:30pm‐8:30pm at the Homeless Coalition  Alcoholics Anonymous: Thursday’s 7:30pm at the Homeless  Coalition  Charlotte County Human Services: Has funding for utility  assistance (LiHEAP). Please call Human Services to schedule  an appointment 941‐833‐6500. 

Charlotte County Healthy Start   Veterans Benefits  Charlotte County Human Services    


Family Services Center     Virginia B Andes Clinic       C.A.R.E Domestic Violence Center     Charlotte Community Foundation     St Vincent de Paul Services      Volunteers of America of Florida Veteran Services     Charlotte County Public Schools Homeless Youth Program     SW Florida Works     Veterans Administration      The Haven Drop in Center      DCF Access Online (Food Stamp & Medicaid Application)      Florida Clinical Research Center      Charlotte Behavioral Health      Coastal Behavioral Healthcare      Veterans Administration Homeless     Bay Pines Veterans Health Care     Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW Florida     Healthy Families Charlotte County   

Hold Control & Click on Link for Jobs 

Family Services Center Leased Space  Opportunity!    The Family Services Center (located on the corner of Easy St. & Gibralter Dr.  in Port Charlotte) has 2 spaces available for lease.  Both spaces provide over  1,500 square feet of office space.  Rent at the Family Services Center is set  at $8 per square foot ($0 CAM) and currently includes all utilities except  phone and internet.  The Family Services Center is a facility that provides for  the co‐location of social services agencies for the purpose of centralizing  services to our residents and reducing the operational overhead of  community‐based service providers so that they can focus their resources  on their core mission.  Any nonprofit interested in leasing space at the  Family Services Center should contact Emily Lewis at (941)833‐6502.    Emily S. Lewis  Manager, Family Services Division  Department of Human Services  1050 Loveland Blvd.  Port Charlotte, Fl 33980  Phone: 941.833.6502  Cell: 941.628.1932  Fax: 941.833.6565 "To exceed expectations in the delivery of public services" 

Charlotte Community Foundation In a time when budgets are tightening down and funding opportunities are becoming even more competitive Charlotte County’s Non-profits must become smarter in how we grow and provide services. I would encourage all of our Nonprofits to visit the Charlotte Community Foundation’s website and learn how you can develop and capacity grow more efficiently. Go to to learn more. Additionally CCF is also in collaboration with Edison College offering 5 different courses on effective grant writing, check out Edison State College search “grant writing”. 2

Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce     Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce     Stillwater House      H.E.L.P Charlotte County    Second Chance Recovery     Mission Unity     Macedonia Human Services     First Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Meals Program    Jesus Loves You Ministry, Inc. (Homeless Outreach)     Value Options     Contact Michael Overway Charlotte County Homeless Coalition H.M.I.S Administrator michael.overway@cchomelesscoaltio (941) 627-4313 x 106

-Mike Overway CCHC Lead Agency

SOARS Training Event (sign up forms attached to this email) Hello Provider, Please be advised that there will be a SOARS Training held at Charlotte Behavioral Healthcare Inc on April 18th & 19th 2012. Please see attached training flyer for details along with the attached registration format. Please note that this training is a two day training and all participants MUST attend the full two days in order to receive a SOARS Certificate. Space is limited to 25 participants so please ONLY 2 from each Agency at this time. Additionally, please be advised that each Agency MUST have a signed Soars Working Agreement on file with me in order to send staff from your Agency. I have attached the blank Working Agreement and a Master Listing of all Signed Soars Working Agreements that are already on file with me. As long as your Agency is on the list or you send in your signed Working Agreement then you can sign up and attend the training. Persons that Register and do not have a signed working will not be allowed to attend the training. Please note that SOARS training is intended to be for Case Managers that work with Mentally Ill and co-occurring consumers. It is an evidence based practice for Case Managers. The training is designed for Case Managers who will be working with MH and SA consumers to apply for Social Security benefits. It focuses on getting the SSA application done right the first time, focuses on the CM becoming the designated representative and actively facilitating collection of medical records to support the SSA application. If you do NOT plan to work directly with consumers in applying them for SS benefits then this training is NOT for you. While it is great SSA training I would like to keep the open training spots for Case Managers who actually do this work. If you have any questions then please feel free to email me, Thanks, Gina

Gina Wynn, BA Director of Residential,Healthy Start and Adult Case Management Services Charlotte Behavioral Healthcare, Inc 1700 Education Ave. Punta Gorda, Florida 33950 Office 941-639-8300 ext 497 Fax 941-575-5109 Cell 941-815-8907 


Guardian ad Litem Needs You  Please send the below link to all your contacts that might want to become a  GAL, and ask them to watch it and pass it on.  Any interested person, please call Angela Boykin @ 863‐674‐4190. (if not in  please leave you name and phone number)  I will call you ASAP.    Orientation Dates for Program March 20th and 29th, 2012, 3rd Floor of the  Hendry County Court House.    Angela Boykin  Volunteer Supervisor  Guardian ad Litem Program  Hendry County Court House  25 East Hickpoochee Avenue  LaBelle, Florida 33935  (863) 674‐4190  (863) 674‐4189  Fax. 

Moms hooked on prescription drugs State, region see sharp increase in babies born hooked on mom's  prescription drug    03/22/2012    Between 2005 and 2011, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lee Memorial  Hospital saw an 800 percent increase in the number of babies born addicted  to the prescription drugs their mothers were hooked on during their  pregnancies.    FORT MYERS —  The babies lie in Lee Memorial Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, their  once uncontrollable cries and tremors stifled by a low dose of morphine  sulfate.    They suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome — addicted to the  prescription drugs their mothers were hooked on during their pregnancies.    "You want to calm them enough so they can eat normally and sleep  normally,"  said Dr. William Liu, the neonatal unit's medical director. "We begin to  slowly wean them off medication as we treat them, a kind of withdrawal  We want to keep it quiet, with low light, and minimize excessive  stimulation."    Between 2005 and 2011, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit saw an 800  percent increase in the diagnosis, also known as neonatal withdrawal  4

syndrome, which Liu said now affects one of every 1,000 live births.    In 2005, the unit treated eight babies with the syndrome, a number that  grew steadily until it hit 73 last year. At hospitals statewide, there were  354 babies treated in 2006 for drug withdrawal, including prescription  drugs, increasing to 1,374 last year, according to the Agency for Health Care  Administration.    "For whatever reason, there is a greater and greater number of women of  childbearing age who are abusing opioids," Liu said of prescription drugs  such as Oxycodone and Vicodin, noting the solution is to target women  before they get pregnant.    The problem of prescription drug‐addicted babies and their mothers has  increased so dramatically that the Florida Legislature voted in the 2012  session to create the Statewide Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and  Newborns.    Sponsored by Sen. Joe Negron, R‐Stuart, and Rep. Kelli Stargel, R‐Lakeland,  the measure awaits Gov. Rick Scott's signature and would become law  immediately.    The task force will analyze data; evaluate strategies for treatment and  prevention; identify federal, state and local programs that provide services;  detail costs for treating expectant mothers and newborns suffering from  withdrawal; and determine how to increase public awareness of  prescription painkillers, anxiety and attention hyperactivity deficit disorder  drugs.    It will provide the Legislature with policy recommendations by Jan. 15. On  May 1, the 14‐member task force will have an organizational meeting,  which will include the State Attorney General, doctors, nurses, the head of  the Department of Children and Families, and representatives of groups  dealing with the issue.    Fast facts    The task force will provide the Legislature with policy recommendations by  Jan. 15. On May 1, the 14‐member task force will have an organizational  meeting, which will include the State Attorney General, doctors, nurses, the  head of the Department of Children and Families, and representatives of  groups dealing with the issue.    Tracy Hartman of Naples, a foster mother and teacher at Calusa Park  Elementary School, has watched how prescription and illegal drugs and  alcohol have affected 4½‐year‐old twins she's fostered since they were 18  days old and weighed 3 pounds.    "They cried and they were so teeny," Hartman said. "I held them constantly,  no matter what. Sometimes babies can't stand that because of sensory  overload."    5

Because the girls were so small, they had to be fed small portions every 1½  hours. That's due to a condition that caused vomiting because the opening  from the stomach into the small intestine was too narrow for food. They  had emergency surgery at 5 weeks old and now a tube leads from their  stomachs to their intestines.    They began physical therapy at age 2. When one was treated for torticollis,  a twisted neck common in twins, the therapist saw signs of physical delays  and one twin had to be taught to use the other side of her body.    In contrast, everything came easily for Hartman's biological children, who  are 11, 12, and 14.    "They move from one milestone to the next," said Hartman, who also has a  7‐year‐old adopted daughter and is adopting the twins. "With drug‐addicted  children, everything has to be taught."    That includes simple games, like peekaboo, that most babies easily catch on  to.    The drugs caused developmental delays and behavioral problems. Out of 48  children in their pre‐kindergarten class, they were the only ones who  couldn't sit still, so they're on attention deficit medications.    "(Attention deficit) and behavioral problems are the biggest problem with  drug‐addicted children," Hartman said, adding that they behave like 2‐year‐ olds. "They're acting exactly half their age. They are not expected to act like  independent adults until their late 20s."    They may end up like most kids intellectually, but not behaviorally — and  they may have lower IQs.    "They're not where they should be," she added. "It's been a journey with  them."    She agrees the task force is needed.    "I think the problem is getting worse and it's going to be more of a problem  because the babies that test positive for prescription drugs can't always be  removed from their families," she said. "Then they go home and the parents  are continuing to do the drugs and they don't even notice the babies are  having problems."    In Collier County's dependency court, where the cases are handled, the  majority of cases now involve prescription drugs — about seven of every 10,  according to Circuit Judge Elizabeth Krier, who said alcohol and marijuana  use is declining.    "If there are illegal drugs involved, it's usually in combination with  prescription drugs," Krier said, adding that most mothers have taken  Oxycodone. "We see far more problems with prescription pain meds —  definitely two times as much, but probably five times as much."  6

Although many have legitimate injuries, such as back pain, that require  drugs, she believes doctors don't look closely enough when prescribing  painkillers and other drugs to women who are pregnant or may become  pregnant. "I just don't think they're looking at the whole person — or the  whole family," Krier said.    Lee Memorial's Liu agreed mothers and the medical community needs to be  educated, but said women can't go off drugs cold once they're pregnant.    "If the woman goes through a withdrawal, that could destroy the fetus," he  said.    Dr. Mimi Graham, director of Florida State University's Center for  Prevention and Early Intervention Policy, said the whole environment must  be considered. Most of the mothers are smoking, not taking prenatal  vitamins or taking babies to appointments, she said, adding that many live  on the street and have mental health or physical issues. “They’re less likely  to soothe their babies — and babies that cry are more likely to be abused,"  Graham said. "It's a very tragic cycle. We're taking the babies away from  their moms when they're born so they don't bond. We're not treating the  underlying trauma. ... Just taking away the baby does not resolve the issue."    It takes an average mother seven tries to get straight, she said, calling  relapse part of recovery.    "They aren't bad moms," Graham said. "They have issues, traumatic issues  that they're dealing with. We need to deal with the trauma and loss issues  so they don't repeat their mistakes." 

FADAA Webinar SAVE THE DATE The Florida Department of Children and Families in conjunction with the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) would like to invite you to a FREE webinar. CEU's are available at no cost. WHAT:

National and State Level Health Care Reforms: Implications for Behavioral Health


Dr. Allyson Hall, University of Florida


Thursday, April 19, 2012 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., EST

CEU's: 2.0 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are provided for this Florida Certification Board Provider #A-001, Exp. Date 12/31/2013 Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and 7

Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 3/31/2013 Florida Board of Nursing Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 10/31/2012 ABOUT THIS WEBINAR: This webinar provides an update on national and state level health care reform. A summary of the current state of mental health and substance abuse care delivery and a timeline of changes to health care will be presented. Additionally, the impact of federal as well as Florida specific legislation will be discussed. To register for this event, please click on this link, 7917&t=a or copy and paste into your browser: Please read the following important messages before registering for this event:  FADAA uses WebEx as our online event system.  Audio for the event is accessible via the internet. To receive audio, attendees must join the event by using computers equipped with speakers. There is no teleconference for this event.  Once the host approves your registration, you will receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event. To avoid problems with log-in and receiving credit for attendance, please use the confirmation email to join the event. This email is coded with your registration information. Also, please confirm that email from "MESSENGER@WEBEX.COM" is not blocked as spam or junk by your email server. ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr. Hall joined the University of Florida in 2003 and serves as the Research Director for the University of Florida Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Research, Management, and Policy. Currently she serves as one of the investigators on a project to evaluate Medicaid reforms in Florida. Prior to joining the University of Florida, Dr. Hall worked for the United Hospital Fund, the Commonwealth Fund, and served as an adjunct assistant professor at New York University. At the United Hospital Fund she served as the principal investigator on a qualitative research project that examined the quality of primary care in New York City. She has also worked as a health care consultant in Guyana and in Jamaica. Dr. Hall is interested in issues related to access to care for vulnerable populations including Medicaid, the health care safety net, and primary care delivery systems. Dr. Hall holds a Ph.D. in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. This product was supported by the Florida Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office funding. 8

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Drug Free Charlotte


DRUG FREE CHARLOTTE COUNTY 'PROFESSIONAL BRIEFING' For All individuals who work with, or around students in grades 6-12 This briefing is a one stop shop to bring you up to date on Current prevalence rates for alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana Trend issues and legislation for medical marijuana and spice 9

To accommodate most schedules, we are providing two identical sessions 2:30 pm and 4 p.m. You really don't want to miss - Your RSVP is requested or 941-6133248 Held at CCPS Administration Bldg - 1st Floor Board Rm 1445 Education Way, Port Charlotte, FL Additionally, you won't want to miss our next regular Coalition Meeting. These meetings have been extremely informative, providing the latest updates on topics such as: marijuana updates, prescription drug abuse, the adolescent brain and high-risk behaviors, current trends in adolescent substance abuse, herbal incense/synthetic marijuana issues, the medical marijuana movement, Alcohol EDU program, DFCC Youth initiatives/street advocacy and updates on new DFCC campaigns


Breakfast will be served CCPS Administration Bldg - 1st Floor Board Rm 1445 Education Way, Port Charlotte, FL Please RSVP to or 941-6133248

Heart of Mercy Ministries IMPORTANT NOTICE March 31st next Saturday....Heart of Mercy Ministries is having our Resurrection OUtreach at Dr. Grunings Office Parking Lot..4535 Tamiami Trail. 1 bk. North of Kty. Fried Chicken, just before the Punta Gorda Bridge in Port Charlotte from 10.30 to ab. 2pm... FREE food, clothing, for children, Word, Worship, hot-food, music..and the Glorification of Jesus Christ this Resurrection Season.. Come and be a part of signs, wonder, healing, salvations, healings and deliverances.. Also dont' forget our nx. OUtreach on the 21st of April that were doing for the Glory Generation Conferance.. Praise God He is bringing some excited on fire evengelist on board to be a part of Heart of Mercy Ministries.. Were not retiring were re-fireing..with a New Breathe of the HOlY Spirit, COME JOIN Us...941-763-2244 or 11 and Pastor Sarah J. Heart of Mercy Ministries



MICHAEL OVERWAY H.M.I.S ADMINISTRATOR CHARLOTTE COUNTY LEAD AGENCY CHARLOTTE COUNTY HOMELESS COALITION P: (941) 627-4313 X 106 F: (941) 627-9648 "You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality". ‐Walt Disney


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