Jewish Community Services of South Florida Provides Mental Health Services to Surfside Community

MIAMI, Fla. – In response to the recent Surfside condo collapse, Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) is providing emergency mental health care services to families, first responders, and community members traumatized by recent events. Mental health services are available onsite in Surfside or by calling 2-1-1, a free, confidential helpline that connects Floridians in crisis to local community-based organizations.

Thriving Mind South Florida, the Managing Entity for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, is working with JCS, one of its contracted behavioral health providers, to ensure residents have access to counseling services. JCS, in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Police Department, has coordinated around-the-clock mental health support services. Additionally, JCS operates the local 2-1-1 helpline in the Miami-Dade region and is one of 40 providers in Thriving Mind’s network of agencies providing much-needed behavioral health services to South Florida.

“Our top priority is ensuring that all those impacted by this tragedy have access to the behavioral health care services they may need during and after this tragedy,” said Thriving Mind CEO Dr. John Newcomer. “Thriving Mind, along with the six other Managing Entities statewide, are here to support Floridians during their times of need.”

For more mental health resources in the Surfside area, Floridians can visit https://www.thrivingmind.org/crisis-support/ for more information.

Thriving Mind South Florida is one of Florida’s seven Managing Entities that oversee a network of approximately 300 health care provider organizations delivering behavioral health services, including mental health and substance use disorder treatment, to more than 320,000 uninsured Floridians. Providers meet patients’ diverse needs with “wrap-around services” that not only address mental health and substance use issues but also assist with housing, transportation, and employment.

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About the Florida Association of Managing Entities

The Florida Association of Managing Entities (FAME) is the statewide organization representing Florida’s seven Managing Entities. FAME’s mission is to advance the behavioral health recovery of individuals and their families in the state of Florida. More information about FAME is available at flmanagingentities.com.