BeWellPBC

A Behavioral Health Initiative 

 

What is BeWellPBC?

BeWellPBC is a local initiative, launched in January 2019, that is engaging the community's residents, systems and sectors in meaningful ways to address the county's behavioral health needs collectively, with the promise that we can do better for our children, families and neighbors. 
 

The topic of behavioral health in Palm Beach County is top of mind for many residents. Current events, including the Parkland shooting and high profile suicides, have placed an important spotlight on this issue. This heightened awareness has touched our entire community, regardless of socioeconomic status, age or education level. An urgency to meet the complex challenges related to behavioral health in a new, innovative way has arisen and will be addressed through BeWellPBC.

Collectively, BeWellPBC will ensure that every person in Palm Beach County feels hopeful, supported, connected and empowered. 

 

Background 

With support from the Celia Lipton Farris & Victor W. Farris FoundationSoutheast Florida Behavioral Health Network conducted a county-wide behavioral health needs assessment which resulted in a strategic plan to address the gaps and opportunities within Palm Beach County’s behavioral health system. Local funders with a specific interest in behavioral health came together to organize the plan into action. 


In partnership with seven other funders, Palm Health Foundation hosted two community summits, where individuals with lived experience in behavioral health, natural community supports like faith-based organizations and service providers, system partners, and elected officials provided input on how to move the work forward underneath the BeWellPBC initiative. 

-- Click here to view photos from the community summits! --


Focus Areas

BeWellPBC will work on the following areas of focus to ensure that every person in Palm Beach County feels hopeful, supported, connected and empowered: 

  • Changing the Behavioral Health Landscape/Approach
    Promoting Wellness, Community Supports, Connectedness, Social-Emotional Learning, Mindfulness and Eliminating Stigma 
     
  • Understanding and Addressing Equity Barriers in Behavioral Health Care
    Addressing Cultural Competence, Workforce Diversity, and Racial/ Ethnic Disparities within the Behavioral Health Field 
     
  • Creating Greater Integration and Coordination for Access to Existing Services
    Providing Screening, Access to Services, Care Coordination, Wraparound Services, Crisis Support, Behavioral Health Integration into Primary Care and Cross-System Tracking
     
  • Empowering Community Driven Solutions
    Engaging Existing Community Initiatives to Collaborate Under a Common Goal and Creating Geographic Hubs for Information and Services
     
  • Educating and Advocating
    Providing Educational Trainings Around Mental and Behavioral Health to School Personnel and Families, Integrating Mental Health in Schools, Advocating for Policies Promoting Behavioral Wellness

 

BeWellPBC partners include Palm Health Foundation, The Celia Lipton Farris & Victor W. Farris Foundation, Quantum Foundation, Children’s Services Council, Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network, Palm Beach County, United Way of Palm Beach County, the School District of Palm Beach County and the Health Care District of Palm Beach County.

 

Governance & Leadership

A stewardship council has formed to oversee BeWellPBC, which includes shaping the strategic direction of the initiatve, governing the infrastructure, ensuring accountability for results, and supporting the executive director.  Palm Health Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for BeWellPBC.

 

Early Stage of BeWellPBC (first 6-9 months)

 

Mature Stage of BeWellPBC

 

 

Click here to read the BeWellPBC press release
 

For more information about BeWellPBC, please contact Lauren Zuchman at lzuchman@bewellpbc.org or 561-837-2277.