About The Need
Florida is ranked #48 in per capita funding for mental health treatment. Serious mental illnesses (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD) are strongly associated with poverty.
South Florida, comprised of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, with a known population of 2.8 million, has over 900,000 documented adults at less than 200% of the federal poverty level. This translates to approximately 300,000 adults with SMI and SUD in South Florida. Of that 300,000 in need, about 50,000 annually receive services through a safety net system operated by Thriving Mind South Florida.
Evidence-based treatments SMI and SUD have response rates comparable to treatments for blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, but remain underutilized. Underuse of effective treatment is due to multiple factors including limited access to care. For many individuals, treatment is significantly complicated by lack of stable housing.
About Our Initiatives
Thriving Mind collaborates with a number of local, regional, state-wide and national organizations on a variety of initiatives to help serve our community.
- Learn about our initiatives here.
- We have a special page dedicated to our partnership with Sesame Street in Communities here.
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