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  • The Florida Criminal Justice and Mental Health Reinvestment Conference on July 24, 2009 in Orlando featured a screening of MINDS ON THE EDGE. The symposium's theme was "Meeting the Challenges Ahead," and presentations emphasized strategies to preserve the sustainability of programs initiated with reinvestment grants and the continued expansion of community-based jail diversion programs during challenging economic times.

    Barbara Margolis, the executive director of Fred Friendly Seminars, was introduced by Judge Steven Leifman at the conference. A MINDS ON THE EDGE panelist, Judge Leifman is at the forefront of a public policy movement in the criminal justice system to reduce the number of people with mental illness in prison and to develop alternative approaches that offer treatment and support for recovery. Judge Leifman and the organization he chairs, Florida Partners in Crisis, will be using MINDS to support their efforts statewide. Read more about it on the Florida Partners in Crisis website.

  • Florida Partners in Crisis featured MIND ON THE EDGE in their October 15, 2009 newsletter including links to the MINDS ON THE EDGE website and video stories on YouTube. The article was titled: New Video Designed to Spur Mental Health System Reform.

  • NAMI-PALM BEACH COUNTY hosted a screening of MINDS ON THE EDGE for members of the local library on October 4, 2009.

  • NAMI-SOUTH BREVARD viewed MINDS ON THE EDGE at a fundraising event on November 15, 2009. The event for hundreds of local community members included a pancake breakfast, screening and discussion.

  • In Gainesville, the Malcom Randall VA Hospital Community Residential Care Program viewed MINDS ON THE EDGE on December 17, 2009, with planning underway for a spring 2010 screening to be held for their local community partners.

  • NAMI-ST. LUCIE COUNTY presented a screening and discussion of MINDS ON THE EDGE in Fort Pierce on January 21, 2010 at Indian River Presbyterian Church. A discussion followed with panelists including a crisis Intervention member, a police department captain, a representative from the Mental Health Court, a consumer advocate and a medical director. The goal is to improve support and treatment in the community for people with mental illness.

  • In Tallahassee, the Leon County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Council hosted a town-hall meeting February 3, 2010 based on MINDS ON THE EDGE. A panel including members of the Leon County Healthcare Advisory Board, health stakeholders and relatives of mentally ill individuals discussed some of the problems in Leon County's system particularly addressing the mental health needs of both adults and children.