Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) Announces Partnership with Henderson Behavioral Health to Provide Many of Florida's Public Charter School Students with Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services

Mental Health Awareness Training also offered to school staff members for nominal $25 fee

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) today announced a partnership with Henderson Behavioral Health of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., to provide comprehensive behavioral health services to charter school students enrolled in FCPCS member schools, which include three-fourths of the state’s public charter schools.

Services will include mental health assessment, diagnosis, intervention, treatment and recovery services to students with one or more mental health or co-occurring substance abuse diagnoses or to students at high risk of such diagnoses. Services will be provided to students free of charge. In addition, Mental Health Awareness Training will be offered to school staff members for a nominal $25 fee.

Following this year’s tragic Valentine’s Day murders and injuries of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the Florida Legislature passed and Governor Rick Scott signed legislation to mandate that all Florida public schools – including public charter schools – provide mental health services to their students.

State monies are available to fund the services through the Florida Mental Health Assistance Allocation Plan created as part of Senate Bill 7026, which addressed school safety and student mental health.

According to a memo issued June 1 by the Florida Department of Education, charter schools must develop detailed plans outlining their local programs and planned expenditures and submit them to their governing bodies for approval. After a plan is approved by a governing body, it must be submitted to the state.

“The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is pleased to support its member schools, as well as their students, faculty, administrators and others, in obtaining required mental health services,” said Robert Haag, President of FCPCS. “Our partnership with Henderson Behavioral Health will make it easy for FCPCS member schools to fulfill their mental health services obligations.”

Henderson Behavioral Health operates in Broward and Palm Beach Counties and along the Treasure Coast from its office in St. Lucie County. In other areas of Florida, Henderson Behavioral Health will identify and refer community-based mental health services providers to FCPCS member charter schools.

About the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) is the leading charter school membership association in the state, with a membership of nearly 75 percent of all operating charter schools. Since its inception in 1999, FCPCS has been dedicated to creating a national model of high quality, accredited public charter schools that are student-centered and performance-driven. FCPCS provides a wide array of technical support, mentoring, training, networking, and purchasing services to its membership, as well as serving as an advocate for all Florida public charter schools.

About Henderson Behavioral Health Henderson Behavioral Health is a private, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare system providing comprehensive, recovery-focused services to people of all ages. Henderson provides a continuum of high quality, community-based prevention, education, treatment and rehabilitation services by utilizing best practice and evidence-based treatment models to maximize recovery. Visit us at www.hendersonbh.org