United Way of Broward County Commission on Behavioral Health and Drug Prevention

(America’s Community Coalitions Expanding SBIRT Services)

Contact: Angela Ventura 954-453-3758
Location: Broward County, Florida

Current Drug Issues:
• Alcohol
• Tobacco
• Marijuana
• Prescription Drug Use

United Way of Broward County Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention is long standing, 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 & 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.

In recent years the Commission has engaged in preparing community-based health and human service organizations to deliver SBIRT services for youth and adults.

Through the Hilton grant, the Commission is increasing efforts to address adolescent substance use, expanding the reach offering the free online SBIRT portal, and creating and distributing educational material regarding SBIRT. The Commission is in contact with Broward Schools to solidify commitment to implement SBIRT. The Commission is also finding ways to enhance the capacity of the MSD Resiliency Center by incorporating SBIRT to the service provider toolbox.


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