Rockland Behavioral Health Intervention Team Coordinator Resigns

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The Rockland Behavioral Health Response Team (BHRT) has announced that its Administrative Coordinator, Tracie Florida, LMSW, is leaving the organization. Florida, who was a founding member of the BHRT team, will continue to serve as a per diem clinician for the agency.

“Tracie’s dedication to BHRT has been a driving force in helping the agency achieve its mission to provide 24/7 emergency mental health support to the citizens of Rockland County,” said Tim Egan. , executive director of Rockland Paramedic Services, the parent organization.

“We are so grateful for everything she has done to grow the agency from its inception to this point.” Florida was among the original staff who founded BHRT in 2015. The agency, which is funded by Rockland County through a grant from the NYS Office of Mental Health, provides mobile behavioral health services and intervention for crisis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to individuals, families, schools and agencies in Rockland County. BHRT’s team of experienced mental health professionals responds immediately to requests for in-person assistance or intervention for behavioral health issues by conducting a basic needs assessment, providing referrals to providers and agencies mental health, or in cases where immediate additional support is needed, by arranging transportation to the most appropriate facility.

During her seven years with BHRT, the agency has gained ground in its role as an essential mental health service for Rockland County. Being able to provide these services to citizens in need has been a hallmark of her career, and Florida highlighted the pride she takes in the BHRT team and efforts. “It was exciting to be part of this group as a startup and to see us evolve and grow,” Florida said. “The BHRT model of integrating mental health professionals into first response systems was a first for Rockland County, and it has spread across the country.”

Florida also noted the wide diversity of staff, including five people on the team who speak different languages, and dedication to the mission as key aspects of her team’s success. “We have very low turnover, which is a testament to how well we work together as a group and with the community,” Florida explained.

Going forward, she hopes BHRT will be able to secure additional funding to reduce call response times and provide greater availability to Rockland residents at all stages of mental health service needs. . The new Director of Mental Health Services is Daria Filipovic, LCSW, who took office on February 1, 2022.

The Behavioral Health Intervention Team provides mobile behavioral health and crisis intervention services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to individuals, families and agencies in Rockland County . The team can travel to a person’s home or place of work if a mental health situation requires immediate intervention.

BHRT has an experienced team of mental health professionals who can respond immediately to requests for assistance or intervention for any behavioral health issue. Problems can range from a severe emotional crisis to seeking counseling for behavioral health support. The team will carry out a basic needs assessment, which is an essential part of the sensitization process. They provide referrals to mental health providers and agencies to ensure individuals and families receive the ongoing care they need. If immediate additional support is needed, BHRT team members will arrange transportation to the most appropriate facility. BHRT works in conjunction with all Rockland hospitals, mental health agencies and first aid agencies to ensure the most appropriate care. For more information, visit www.rocklandhelp.org.

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