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.
With support from the Celia Lipton Farris & Victor W. Farris Foundation, Southeast 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.
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BeWellPBC will work on the following areas of focus to ensure that every person in Palm Beach County feels hopeful, supported, connected and empowered:
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.
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
For more information about BeWellPBC, please contact Lauren Zuchman at email@example.com or 561-837-2277.