Substance Abuse and Mental Health Candidates Forum

Monday, November 10th, 2014

IMG_9270In preparation for election day on November 4th, candidates from around the state of Florida made a final push to gain voter support. Recently candidates met at a Candidates Forum, hosted by the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office to discuss increasing episodes of substance abuse and mental health. Like Phoenix House, DACCO provides both inpatient and outpatient treatment. Both organizations reach out to help a similar demographic.

As the sun rose, the auditorium filled with a rush of candidates and their supporters. The room was in high spirits, all the candidates were very happy to be present and speak on their experiences. Representing more than 18 districts, teachers, attorneys, directors, and mothers were running in an effort to help make lasting impacts in their districts. As the individuals introduced themselves, they shared heartfelt stories of family and friends who have experienced their own journeys and achievements in recovery.

Sonya Bufe, Clinical Director at Phoenix House Hyde Park, said, “The Candidate Forum provided the community and service providers a great opportunity to hear where the candidates stand regarding issues of substance use disorders and mental illness.  Several key issues, including medical marijuana and funding much-needed services in Florida, will be part of the legislative items discussed in Tallahassee this year.  It is vital for Phoenix House to understand who our supporters are and who will fight for these services.”

Phoenix House Florida provides substance abuse rehabilitation for adolescents at the Brandon Outpatient Treatment Center and the Derek Jeter Center located in Tampa. Adults also receive outpatient counseling at both Brandon and Tampa facilities. The Centre for Women at Hyde Park provides gender-specific care to women. Residential treatment is provided by Phoenix House Citra Center serving both men and women whose substance abuse is advanced or complicated by mental health. Our highly skilled professional staff annually serves more than 1,000 men, women, and teens – safeguarding youth, strengthening families, and helping to build happier, healthier lives.

If you know someone who is struggling with alcohol or drug problems, call Phoenix House today at 1 888 671 9392. We’re here to help!

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