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Develops strategies to promote behavioral health for youth and adults in Broward County through needs assessments, capacity building, implementation of evidence based prevention program and activities.

The United Way of Broward County Commission on Behavioral Health and 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 Action Teams are open to the community!

Surveillance

  • Shares and provides emerging drug trend data and actionable information to our community
  • Meets on the 1st Friday of every month at United Way of Broward County, Board Room, from, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Chairs: Dr. Teri Stockham and Jim Hall
  • Contact: Ben Hackworth, bhackworth@unitedwaybroward.org, (954) 453-3740
  • Meeting Dates:
    • Friday, September 7, 2018
    • Friday, October 5, 2018
    • Friday, November 2, 2018
    • Friday, December 7, 2018
    • Friday, January 4, 2019
    • Friday, February 1, 2019
    • Friday, March 1, 2019
    • Friday, April 5, 2019
    • Friday, May 3, 2019
    • Friday, June 7, 2019

Community Response Team (CRT)

  • Works to combat the opiate epidemic and other emerging drug trends in our community
  • Meets mostly* on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Broward Sheriff’s Office’s Training Room, located in a strip mall on the South East corner of Oakland Park Boulevard and SR 441. Address:  2926 North State Road 7 Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33313 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Chairs: Dave Scharf and Paul Faulk
  • Contact: Angela Ventura, aventura@unitedwaybroward.org, (954) 453-3758 & Ben Hackworth, bhackworth@unitedwaybroward.org, (954) 453-3740
  • Meeting Dates:
    • Thursday*, August 30, 2018
    • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    • Tuesday*, November 7, 2018
    • Thursday, December 20, 2018
    • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    • Thursday, February 21, 2019
    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    • Thursday, May 16, 2019
    • Thursday, June 20, 2019

Behavioral Health Advocacy Team (BHAT)

  • Works to raise public awareness, promote policy reform, and encourage systemic changes to promote behavioral health in our community
  • Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at United Way of Broward County, Board Room, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Chairs: Joel Kaufman & Garry Smyth
  • Contact: Heather Davidson, hdavidson@unitedwaybroward.org, (954) 308-9277
  • Meeting Dates:
    • Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    • Tuesday, October 9, 2018
    • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    • Tuesday, January 8, 2019
    • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
    • Tuesday, April 9, 2019
    • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    • Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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
  • Meets on the 3rd Friday of every month at United Way of Broward County, Board Room, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Chairs: Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren & Rosemarie Stadelman
  • Contact: Emilia Vilaire-Monchery, evilaire@unitedwaybroward.org, (954) 453-3750
  • Meeting Dates:
    • Friday, July 20, 2018
    • Friday, August 24, 2018
    • Friday, September 21, 2018
    • Friday, October 19, 2018
    • Friday, November 16, 2018
    • Friday, December 21, 2018
    • Friday, January 18, 2019
    • Friday, February 15, 2019
    • Friday, March 15, 2019
    • Friday, April 19, 2019
    • Friday, May 17, 2019
    • Friday, June 21, 2019

Youth Action Team (YAT)

  • Works to reduce marijuana, alcohol and other drug use by youth
  • Meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at United Way of Broward County, Colker Center, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Chairs: Marielle Sologuren & Cynthia Tapia-Rodriguez
  • Contact: Emilia Vilaire-Monchery, evilaire@unitedwaybroward.org, (954) 453-3750
  • Meeting Dates:
    • Thursday, July 5, 2018
    • Thursday, September 6, 2018
    • Thursday, October 4, 2018
    • Thursday, November 1, 2018
    • Thursday, December 6, 2018
    • Thursday, January 3, 2019
    • Thursday, February 7, 2019
    • Thursday, March 7, 2019
    • Thursday, April 4, 2019
    • Thursday, May 2, 2019
    • Thursday June 6, 2019

Hispanic Initiative (HI)

  • Works to reduce alcohol and other drug use among children and youth by providing prevention information and parenting trainings to the Hispanic community
  • Meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at United Way of Broward County, Colker Center, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Chairs: Carol Beitler and Ana Valladares
  • Contact: Angela Ventura, aventura@unitedwaybroward.org, (954) 453-3758
  • Meeting Dates:
    • Thursday, July 5, 2018
    • Thursday, August 2, 2018
    • Thursday, September 6, 2018
    • Thursday, October 4, 2018
    • Thursday, November 1, 2018
    • Thursday, December 6, 2018
    • Thursday, January 3, 2019
    • Thursday, February 7, 2019
    • Thursday, March 7, 2019
    • Thursday, April 4, 2019
    • Thursday, May 2, 2019
    • Thursday June 6, 2019

Weston Alliance for Youth (WAY)

  • Works to prevent substance abuse and promote mental health for the youth of the City of Weston
  • Meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at Weston Community Center 20200 Saddle Club Rd. Weston, 33327 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Chairs: Beth Tache & Jackie Rosen
  • Contact: Angela Ventura, aventura@unitedwaybroward.org, (954) 453-3758
  • Meeting Dates:
    • Thursday, July 5, 2018
    • Thursday, August 2, 2018
    • Thursday, September 6, 2018
    • Thursday, October 4, 2018
    • Thursday, November 1, 2018
    • Thursday, December 6, 2018
    • Thursday, January 3, 2019
    • Thursday, February 7, 2019
    • Thursday, March 7, 2019
    • Thursday, April 4, 2019
    • Thursday, May 2, 2019
    • Thursday, June 6, 2019

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
  • Meets on the 4th Thursday of every month at United Way of Broward County, Board Room, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Contact: Emilia Vilaire-Monchery, evilaire@unitedwaybroward.org, (954) 453-3750
  • Meeting Dates:
    • Thursday, July 26, 2018
    • Thursday, August 24, 2018
    • Thursday, September 21, 2018
    • Thursday, October 26, 2018
    • Thursday, November 23, 2018
    • Thursday, December 28, 2018
    • Thursday, January 25, 2019
    • Thursday, February 22, 2019
    • Thursday, March 22, 2019
    • Thursday, April 26, 2019
    • Thursday, May 24, 2019
    • Thursday, June 28, 2019

Visit our website: www.drugfreebroward.org

Our Committee's Strategic Goals
Children are Mentally and Physically Healthy

Get Involved and Join Today

Gonzalo Cadima

Chair, United Way of Broward County

Phone : 954-453-3723

Email : gcadima@unitedwaybroward.org

Related Topics : Health and Mental Care, Family Support

Substance Abuse Prevention & Mental Health Promotion meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at United Way of Broward County (1300 South Andrews Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33316). Fill out the form below if you are interested in joining us for our next meeting.