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Meridian Healthcare and GPD program helps mentally ill residents stay out of jail system

By Camille SyedPublished: Apr. 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM UTC GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Hundreds of residents battling mental illness or substance abuse have received treatment and advice from officers, instead of jail time, thanks to the Gainesville Police Department(GPD) and Meridian Healthcare co-respondents program. Corporal Shelley Postle has been working with the team since …

Co-responder program leads to fewer arrests and more treatment for mental health

by Taniqua PennixFriday, April 9th 2021 Gainesville, Fla — Meridian’s Co-Responder program is a partnership between law enforcement and mental health specialists. The Vice President of Meridian Healthcare’s Diversion and Recovery services, Jeremiah Alberico, said the program began in 2018 with the Gainesville Police Department and expanded their outreach to Alachua County in 2020. A …

Meridian Now Offering On-Demand Care 24/7 Through Meridian Care Connection

This increased availability has been crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic and services can now be accessed not only in-person, but, virtually via Telehealth For Immediate Release | March 16, 2021 For Information Contact: Joy Riddle * Joy_Riddle@mbhci.org * 352-262-2103 Gainesville, Fla. – Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is continuing to enhance access to much-needed services to …

RECOGNIZING LIFESTREAM BEHAVIORAL CENTER’S FIFTY YEARS OF SERVICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 29, 2021 On March 23, 2021, Congressman Daniel Webster recognized LifeStream Behavioral Center’s fifty years of service in the US House of Representatives as a matter of Congressional Record during the proceedings and debates of the 117th Congress. Congressman Webster recognized LifeStream’s 50th Anniversary and their commitment to “Bringing Hope to …

Help is available, coping with mental health during the pandemic

by Taniqua PennixThursday, March 18th 2021 Gainesville, Fla — According to the CDC nearly 40% of US adults reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse during the pandemic. Gainesville resident, Philip Floor, said like many people, he spent the last year isolated and feeling lonely. “In the beginning parts of the pandemic, it was …

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Annual Report Reveals Sharp Rise In Telehealth Treatment

WUFT By Walter Harwood December 2, 2020 Health and Science The COVID-19 pandemic upended mental health and substance abuse treatment programs across the country. In Gainesville, a new report from Meridian Behavioral Healthcare details how treatment via telehealth massively increased in popularity during the first half of 2020. Meridian provides services to North Central Florida …

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