Programs

Be Merge: Behavioral and Primary Care Integration Project 

With support from the Palm Healthcare Foundation, MHA has developed a new training for Primary Care Providers that will help integrate primary and behavioral health services in our community.  The Be Merge Training is comprised of 6 modules and those who complete the training will become Be Merge Certified.   

We are now proud to the addition of Be Merge for Infants and Children!

We are also pleased to announce our new Provider Referral Network, part of the Be Merge initiative.   Community members contact us regularly asking for names of professionals to assist them with their mental and behavioral health issues, and the network answers that need by offering a comprehensive list of providers to the public. If you are a behavioral health service, read more about this free directory and how to be included.  
 

Mental Health GPS Helpline and Provider Database

Call 561-801-HELP (4357) for referrals to Palm Beach County providers or just to talk.  If you are a behavioral health professional and would like to receive referrals, please join our network of providers. 
 

Training and Internship Program

For bachelor's and master's level interns.   
 

Be Merge for Infants and Children (BMIC)

MHAPBC's Be Merge for Infants and Children Program helps pediatric primary care providers proactively identify and respond to potential and current mental health issues that exist within infants, children and adolescents. The program helps pediatricians become skillful and confident in identifying and addressing children’s mental health concerns. Our services include:

  • Screening for mental health concerns by trained mental health professionals and interns.
  • Training for pediatric primary care providers to assist with recognition, diagnosis, and management of infants, children and adolescents with or at-risk for mental health disorders.
  • Phone consultation for referrals to mental health specialists using MHAPBC’s provider database.
  • Technical assistance with billing for screening and brief interventions.
  • Vetting and managing inquiries from mental health providers who want to practice in your office.
  • Ongoing technical and clinical support by the BMIC Team.

Sign up today for our online Be Merge for Infants and Children Training
 

Free Behavioral Health Screenings

Screening for behavioral health concerns will include the use of the Be Merge comprehensive toolkit, and includes screening for individual service needs, the identification of services and providers to meet client’s specific needs, referrals to integrated health care providers using our Be Merge provider referral database and other navigation tools, and follow up with participants.
 

It’s Okay to Get Help Campaign

The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County is leading a community collaborative effort to reduce the stigma of seeking mental health treatment and increase access to care. This groundbreaking collaboration is focused on the prevention of a problem before it reaches a critical stage.  View our first Mental Health Minutes and visit our Mental Health Learning and Resource Center for more information.

Listen to Children Program

Children need a caring adult to listen to them when they need someone to talk to. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, children can’t get the attention they need at home. Listen to Children uses trained volunteers in the elementary and middle school setting to provide confidential one-on-one listening sessions with children who have been identified by their teachers as needing extra help due to family problems. 
 

MPower for Teens

MPower is designed to educate teenagers on mental health issues relevant to them, initiate interest in potential careers in the mental health profession, de-stigmatize mental health care, and support the community through service projects promoting mental wellness. 

 

MY LIFE Youth Empowerment Program

MY LIFE is a group where youth can:

  • Feel supported.
  • Make friends.
  • Have fun.
  • Show off their talents.
  • Learn about topics that are important to them.

MY LIFE gives youth a chance to build:

  • Confidence.
  • Positive social supports.
  • Leadership skills.

 

Peer Place

Peer Place is a drop-in center that provides a safe and comfortable place for consumers of mental health services to learn essential wellness and recovery skills. This peer mentoring program employs nationally recognized strategies for helping people with chronic mental illness help each other achieve the best outcomes possible in their lives.
 

Peers Empowering Peers (PEP)

Florida has a serious lack of access to care (Ranked 43rd in the nation, 2017) for people with behavioral health illnesses, meaning that thousands of children and adults lack early intervention services and frequently end up in community hospitals. 

MHAPBC is partnering with the Quantum Foundation, the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and the Health Care District of Palm Beach County to build a countywide training program for Certified Clinical Peer Specialists who will work as part of clinical care teams to help patients with recovery planning, discharge plan implementation, and bridges to aftercare resources. This program is being pilot tested in two HCA hospitals, JFK and JFK North and the Palm Beach County Heath Care District (HCD). 

We intend to demonstrate that patients who enter this intensive program and work with our Certified Peer Specialists will have better health and behavioral health outcomes, lower re-hospitalization rates, and more success in recovery - while freeing up resources in hospitals for others in need of care.

 

Successful Aging Initiative

In cooperation with several community partners, including the Area Agency on Aging, the Mental Health Association is working to assess the mental health needs of older adults and provide the necessary supports and resources. The goal is for seniors to remain independent and connected to the community.

PEARLS

The Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is a treatment program using methods of problem solving treatment, social and physical activation, and increased pleasant events to reduce depression in physically impaired and socially isolated people; specifically elderly and adults with epilepsy. PEARLS uses empowerment and skills building to decrease depressive symptoms in older adults while increasing their self-efficacy as problem resolvers.