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Breaking the silence   September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. Devereux joins other individuals and organizations to promote awareness and combat the stigma associated with this tragic loss of life.

Manal Durgin, M.D.   Devereux Florida’s Dr. Manal Durgin named ‘Youth Behavioral Healthcare Professional of the Year’

Devereux Florida Medical Director and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Manal Durgin, M.D., was recently named the “2019 Youth Behavioral Healthcare Professional of the Year” by the Florida Behavioral Health Association.

Back to school tips   Back to school: Tips for creating a seamless transition

Devereux’s Amy Kelly shares back-to-school tips for parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Human Rights Campaign   Devereux centers recognized by Human Rights Campaign for supporting LGBTQ youth, families

Four Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health centers have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ advocacy group in the U.S., for supporting and serving LGBTQ youth and families.

DECA 20 Years   DECA Program anniversary: Celebrating 20 years of promoting resilience in young children

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Program, a strength-based assessment and planning system designed to promote resilience in children, ages 4 weeks to 6 years old.

June Awareness Month   Celebrating Pride Month in June

Pride Month is an annual celebration of the LGBTQ community, and a time when LGBTQ individuals - and their supporters - seek to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges youth and adults face in their daily lives.

Mental Health Awareness Month   You are not alone: Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is proud to serve as a nationally recognized leader in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare, providing innovative specialty mental health programs/services for youth and adults with emotional and behavioral disorders.

CIDDS   Autism Awareness Month: Nurturing greater understanding, compassion and support

In honor of Autism Awareness Month in April, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health a leading provider of autism services for children, adolescents and adults - wants to highlight the need for greater understanding, compassion and support to help individuals diagnosed with autism lead more independent, fulfilling and socially connected lives.

Night to Shine   Devereux Florida youth treated to unforgettable prom experience at ‘Night to Shine’

Youth from Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida experienced all of the glitz and glamour of a traditional prom during “Night to Shine,” a worldwide event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month   Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Promoting inclusion

March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities “the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”

  Recreational Therapy Month: Recognizing the value of therapeutic recreational programs

Recreational therapy uses activities such as music and dance classes and arts and crafts to help stimulate and improve the overall health and well-being of individuals with illnesses and/or disabling conditions.

  Lisa Kroger and Michelle Llorens named executive directors of Devereux Florida

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the nation, today announced that President and CEO Carl E. Clark II named Lisa Kroger, LMSW, and Michelle Llorens, M.A., BCBA, as executive directors of Devereux Florida, effective Jan. 7, 2019.

  Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Join the fight against modern-day slavery

Human trafficking is an issue that affects every country around the globe. In the United States, one of the biggest challenges to combating this form of modern-day slavery is a lack of awareness and understanding.

  ‘Camp Holiday Cheer’ makes holiday season special for Devereux Florida foster families

More than 300 Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida foster parents and children experienced the magic of the season during an evening of holiday festivities and campfire fun.

  Devereux awards prestigious fellowship supporting staff development expertise

The winner of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s 2018 Weaver E. Falberg Leadership Promise Fellowship award is Amy White, payroll and finance specialist at Devereux Georgia.

  Focusing on togetherness during the holidays

Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., offers tips for families to focus on togetherness during the holiday season.

  National Adoption Month 2018: Join the conversation

Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Month and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health wants to shine a light on the urgent need to connect the thousands of children and youth in the U.S. foster care system with permanent, loving families.

  Recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we believe all individuals should be given the opportunity to be included and make a positive impact in their communities.

  Helping individuals in crisis: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

The American Association of Suicidology reports that, in the U.S., nearly 45,000 individuals died by suicide in 2016. In addition, the organization said suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, with an average of one person taking his or her own life every 11.7 minutes.

  FCC selects Devereux Florida foster parents as its ‘Foster Parents of the Year’

During the Florida Coalition for Children’s (FCC) annual convention in July, the organization selected Devereux foster parents Bobby Sharp and Everett Kamuchey as its “Foster Parents of the Year.”

  Focusing on trauma: Take Devereux’s pledge to promote social/emotional health in children

This month, the Devereux Center of Resilient Children invites everyone to embrace our shared role in promoting healthy early childhood development by taking its online pledge to promote the resilience of all children, and to learn more about the negative impacts of childhood trauma, as well as the need for trauma-informed practices.

  Devereux certifies first ‘safe’ foster homes for sexually exploited youth in Central Florida

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida recently announced the certification of two foster families as “official safe homes” - providing special assistance and support for sexually exploited youth in Central Florida.

  Devereux Florida honored by surprise $15,000 donation

At an end-of-year event sponsored by the Medical Executive Committee of the Florida Hospital System, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida was awarded a donation of $15,000.

  Devereux Florida receives $95,000 to enhance foster family recruitment

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida was recently awarded a $95,000 grant through the state’s child welfare system to enhance foster family recruitment efforts and the provision of therapeutic support for foster youth.