Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention

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a Healthier Community

United Way of Broward County's Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention (UWBCCBH) is a broad based substance misuse prevention and mental health promotion coalition dedicated to reducing negative consequences on individuals, families and communities. Today, its primary role is to serve as a coalition-building organization that brokers partnerships between federal, state and local agencies to foster, develop and enhance integrated behavioral health efforts throughout Broward County, while searching for innovative and effective ways to address the issue of substance misuse. Behavioral Health and drug prevention is a vital component of United Way of Broward County’s three impact areas (health, education and financial stability) focused on the solutions to close gaps in services and create a better life for all. Download our brochure here. 
Prevention Resource Center
Click the link below to view the Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention's Prevention Resource Center which includes: toolkits, action plans & guides, briefings, drug trends, indicator reports and webinar recordings. 

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United Way of Broward County's Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention works to unite the key community stakeholders in Broward County through its action teams to develop prevention strategies and action plans that address specific substance abuse and mental health concerns. Our teams are open to the community! 

Surveillance Committee 

Shares and provides emerging drug and mental health trend data and actionable information to our community.

Chairs: Dr. Teri Stockham and Dr. Wendy Blair Stephan

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Community Response Team (CRT)

Works to address the opiate epidemic and other emerging drug trends in our community.

Chairs: Dave Scharf and Alina Shaw 

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Mental health promotion action team (mhpat)

Works to promote mental health by working with the treatment and wellness community to integrate systems of care which address mental health risk factors and increase prevention services.

Chairs: Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren and Dr. Sandra Cumper Boynton

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Youth action team (yat)

Works to reduce marijuana, alcohol and other drug use by youth

Chairs: Cynthia Tapia-Rodriguez and Pauline Jacobson

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Latino Initiative (LI)

Works to reduce alcohol and other drug use among children and youth by providing prevention information and parenting trainings to the Latino community.

Chairs: Carol Beitler and Ana Valladares

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Weston Alliance for youth (way)

Works to prevent substance abuse and promote mental health for the youth of the City of Weston.

Chairs: Beth Tache and Jackie Rosen

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broward youth coalition (BYC)

Works to educate and empower youth to become change agents of influence among their peers and within their communities as it relates to drug prevention and mental health promotion.

This is a closed group of middle and high school students that meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 5 PM - 7:00 PM. 

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faith based/community based advisory committee 

A collaboration between interfaith-based and community organizations to provide resources and strengthen families in the area of behavioral/mental health struggles and illness in our community.

Chair: Dr. Beau Nelson

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Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention



Over 46,000 clients were reached through substance abuse prevention programs


Over 50 million impressions resulted from several media campaigns promoting the dangers of substance use


75 community engagement activities were held, reaching more than 12,500 students 



Partnership for a Healthy & Drug Free Broward Programs

Funded via Broward Behavioral Health Coalition 2019-2020

Archways, Inc./Archways Substance Abuse Prevention Program – provides universal substance abuse prevention programming for a minimum of 800 children ages 6 - 12 and youth ages 13 – 17.  

Broward Partnership for the Homeless/Targeted Outreach for Persons Experiencing Homelessness - The Broward Partnership and the Task Force for Ending Homelessness (TCO) project will provide Brief Case Management services to help improve access to care, health education, behavioral health support, and benefit eligibility assistance. The target population for the TCO project is persons experiencing chronic homelessness in Broward County. 

Firewall Centers, Inc. T.H.I.N.K Leadership Middle School Program – Firewall Centers provides prevention services, high-need students in 6th-8th grades. The goals of T.H.I.N.K. Leadership are to address the academic, social-emotional, and developmental needs of students, and the program’s daily, school-based services.

First Call for Help of Broward, Inc. d/b/a 211-Broward/2-1-1 Broward Helpline – 2-1-1 Broward Helpline - a 24-hour comprehensive helpline that provides confidential crisis and suicide counseling, empathetic listening and information and referrals for social services including mental health and substance abuse.

Hanley Center Foundation, Inc./Comprehensive Approach to Prevention Services – The Hanley Center Foundation program provides universal substance abuse prevention programming for youth ages 5-18. Services are provided at Elementary, Middle and High Schools throughout Broward County.  

Hanley Center Foundation, Inc. (PPG)/Provider Prevention Partnership Grant – ICFH provides substance abuse prevention programming for Elementary and Middle school students in the City of Pembroke Pines. 

Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc./Institute for Child and Family Health Substance Abuse Prevention Program –provides universal substance abuse prevention programming for a elementary and middle school students in the City of Pembroke Pines using LifeSkills Training.

South Broward Hospital District - Memorial Healthcare System/Community Access to Resources, Education and Support (CARES) – provides universal substance abuse prevention programming to children and parents/caregivers throughout Broward County at convenient locations including public elementary and middle schools and charter schools serving lower socioeconomic students and their families; faith-based and community venues; and the City of Hollywood Parks and Recreations Department.

SunServe/Interactive Journaling Program – provides adult behavioral health indicated prevention services to increase the skills necessary to navigate identity issues, increase protective factors, mitigate feelings of isolation and rejection, prevent substance abuse, and victimization for under-served Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) populations. 



Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention Collaborations

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling - is committed to increasing public awareness about problem and compulsive gambling. The FCCG provides referral services and support to residents in need of assistance with a gambling addiction, as well as to professionals and others servicing this population. To learn more click here. 

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