Message From the President

Pictured L-R: Charlene Sears-Tolbert, Bridges; Dennis Goodspeed, Lakeview; Mike Festinger, Better Way; David Freedman, Memorial; Steve Zuckerman, SFBHN; Rhonda Harvey, SMA; Jill Gran, OBHA; Joyce Myatt, Memorial; Linda McKinnon, CFBHN; Maggie Labarta, Meridian; Steve Ronick, Henderson; Vicki Garner, Aspire; Anna Baznik, IMPOWER; Mark Fontaine, OBHA; Jon Cherry, Lifestream; Doug Leonardo, Chrysalis; Laureen Pagel, Starting Point; Patti Greenough, Epic; Candy Hodgkins, Gateway; Melanie Brown-Woofter, OBHA; Eric Horst, SMA; Jacqueline Dowdy, River Region; Ivan Cosimi, SMA; Frank Rabbito, Westcare.

Welcome to the April Edition of Florida’s One Behavioral Health Association (OBHA) Newsletter. We continue to move forward integrating our associations. More than 20 of our members represented the Florida Delegation at the recent National Council for Behavioral Health Conference (NatCon19) in Nashville.

Anna Baznik, IMPOWER CEO accepts Award of Excellence for Technology.

The National Council Awards of Excellence annually recognize individuals and organizations working to strengthen behavioral health care, enhance access to care, and support our communities with visionary leadership. This year, One Behavioral Health Association Member and IMPOWER CEO and President, Ana Baznik accepted the National Council Awards of Excellence for Technology. OBHA Executive Staff Member Mark Fontaine accepted a Visionary Leadership Award for his work with FADAA.

Anna Baznik, IMPOWER and Mark Fontaine, OBHA receive Awards of Excellence

We applaud the excellent work of our members and staff. The National Council’s recogniton helps to showcase the work that has been done, and continues to be done on a daily basis by our members and dedicated staff.

We are now in week five of Florida’s Legislative session and continue to monitor the issues of importance to OBHA membership. One of the highlights of this edition of our newsletter is the rebroadcast of the Governor’s Listening session on mental health issues.

As always, we welcome your feedback on this newsletter and all our communications. Contact Melanie here.