Advocating for Children’s Mental and Behavioral Health Care
of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14
Ratio of population to mental health providers in Florida
of youth in the state and local juvenile justice system have a mental health condition
According to Mental Health America, six out of 10 young people who suffer mental illness don’t get the treatment they need. That’s because there is a critical shortage of pediatric mental and behavioral healthcare services in the U.S. Worse yet, most families struggle to pay for services that are available. This national crisis is affecting children and families in our region of Southwest Florida too. Golisano Children’s Hospital’s mental and behavioral health care fund – Kids’ Minds Matter – is here to help.
Kids’ Minds Matter originated to raise awareness about the need for pediatric mental and behavioral health care services and to raise the funds required to make these services available in the region through Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and Lee Health. Kids’ Minds Matter continually creates awareness, provides advocacy and inspires philanthropy. As advocates, we are dedicated to fostering partnerships that support existing services, identifying and filling gaps in the continuum of care, and innovating new treatments.
Our Impact to Date
As part of the region’s strategic solution to the children’s mental and behavioral health epidemic in Southwest Florida, we are bringing improved access to care for families and providing a framework to connect community partners. This is being done by providing child advocates, case managers and care navigators to help children and families access needed behavioral health services and use them more effectively and efficiently. We are also dedicated to fostering partnerships to advocate for expanded children’s mental health services in our region.
View Upcoming Sessions "Coping with Cancer and Chronic Illness” On Monday, Sept. 21, Dr. Emad Salman, regional medical officer, and Dr. Kim C. Shimoda, psychosocial program director from Golisano Children’s [...].
View Upcoming Sessions "Protect, Connect, Communicate with Your Kids” On Monday, Sept. 14, Retired Corporal Sandi Sprenger and Lieutenant Leslie Weidenhammer of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office discussed “Protect, Connect, [...].
View Upcoming Sessions "Navigating Mental Health in SWFL Schools" On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Mental Health Navigators Peggy Jugmahansingh, Joseph R. Craig, Jeannine Sparkes and Richard Keelan, Child Advocacy Supervisor for [...].
Our goal is to decrease voluntary and involuntary pediatric psychiatric hospitalizations. We are working to reach this goal by focusing on three critical areas:
Improving access to care
Expanding community engagement and education to reduce prejudice and promote early detection
Building capacity in the region through collaboration and partnerships to identify gaps in behavioral health care, enhance existing services and develop programs to better meet the needs of our community.