Campaign for Better Brain Health Progress

Thank you for supporting Palm Healthcare Foundation’s Campaign for Better Brain Health.  One year ago we announced our $1 million fundraising campaign to improve brain health in Palm Beach County.  It’s amazing what can happen when we all work together.  This year we have raised and invested over $500,000 to better brain health.  Here are just some of the outcomes from this  year:


Funding Mental Health First Aid

Palm Healthcare Foundation board and staff at the Mental Health First Aid training

“It’s like CPR for the brain.”  Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack—even if you have no clinical training—Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis.  The 8-hour training helps reduce the overall stigma associated with mental illness by improving mental health literacy.  Palm Healthcare Foundation is proud to support the extraordinary work of the Mental Health First Aid Coalition of Palm Beach County, administered by Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service.   

  • In 2018, 474 residents have been MHFA trained, with 4,000 trained since 2015!
  • Community members trained include: first responders, police, fire fighters, teachers, higher-education professionals, clergy, nursing students, medical professionals, veterans, case managers, assisted living personnel, engineers, attorneys, safety departments … individuals from all walks of life!  To learn more and schedule or attend a training, click here.

Comments from training participants: “Thank you for presenting this course and bringing to light issues that have become less scary once discussed openly.”; “This course has given me a better understanding of people who suffer with mental health disorder.”; “I feel I have the tools to better explain misconceptions and share resources.”

Tackling the Opioid Crisis 

The 100-Day Challenge just ended!  The overarching goal of the challenge was to establish an operational system that connects anyone with opioid use disorder to appropriate services, including medication assisted treatment.  For the first time, stakeholders from major sectors (i.e. government, nonprofit and for-profit), who were previously fragmented and overwhelmed by the crisis, came together to create solutions to the opioid epidemic.  Here are some of the results: 

  • 135 people served within the new Safety Net Recovery System of care
  • 11 Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR)-Certified Recovery Residences now use navigation services and accept rent vouchers for those who lack insurance or financial resources
  • 14 recovery navigators enrolled to mentor, monitor and measure an individual’s recovery progress
  • 16 treatment scholarships provided by for-profit treatment centers to assist in challenge efforts
  • The 2-1-1 Helpline now connects persons in crisis to the new system of care and dispatches Uber Health to transport persons to detox and treatment facilities 24/7
  • 14-bed respite facility established (“Ted’s Place”), which helps alleviate the wait list for detox and crisis support for those who lack insurance or financial resources

Reaching the Business Community through the Breakthroughs Summit

Palm Health Foundation and Quantum Foundation co-sponsored Leadership Palm Beach County’s Breakthroughs Summit Mental Health in the Workplace track.  More than 300 local leaders attended the full-day summit on June 15.  One of the goals of the Breakthroughs Summit is to train 100 human resources professionals on Mental Health First Aid in the next 100 days.  We look forward to reporting the results … in 100 days! 


With your help, we have changed the conversation around the importance of brain health in our community.  THANK YOU for making a difference in Palm Beach County.


Click here to learn more about The Campaign for Better Brain Health


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