Bay District Schools Mental Health
Florida Senate Bill (SB) 7026, cited as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, created the mental health assistance allocation to provide funding to assist school districts in establishing school based mental health services. SB 7030 (2019) enhanced the school safety and security requirements established in Senate Bill (SB) 7026 (2018) by addressing the legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSDHS) Public Safety Commission. To support the mental health needs of our students and to meet these requirements, Bay District Schools (BDS) Student Services Department established, and expanded the BDS Mental Health Team.
BDS is dedicated to providing a multi-tiered system of support that includes the delivery of evidence-based mental health care assessment, diagnosis, intervention, treatment, and recovery services to students with one or more mental health or co-occurring substance abuse diagnoses and to students at high risk of such diagnoses. Through a Community of Care (CofC) referral process these services are coordinated with each student and families unique needs at the forefront. In a partnership with our community based providers, BDS is dedicated to supporting our community with a whole child approach to assist with mental health needs.
Please contact your students’ school counselor or our Coordinator of Mental Health Initiative for more information. If you need immediate assistance please call 911.
For Immediate Assistance and Support
Call 911 to reach Emergency Medical Services
If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911, available 24 hours a day.
1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
1-850-522-4485 for Life Management Center’s 24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line
Life Management Center’s Emergency Services professionals are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide crisis counseling or conduct emergency mental health evaluations that include suicide assessment and examination for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization.
1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline
24/7, 365-day-a--year, this national hotline is dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
Florida Department of Education Rules (BDS Plans)
Child Trafficking Prevention Education Plan
Substance Abuse Education Plan
Mental Emotional Health Education Plan
National Crisis Hotline Resources
National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 (4-A-CHILD)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE); TTY 1-800-787-3224
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)
National Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474; Text “loveis” to 77054
Local Community Based Mental Health Resources
Go Online to access 850MentalHealth
2-1-1 is a FREE service provided by United Way that connects area residents to critical health and social service resources.
Go Online to access 850MentalHealth
Local providers that are here to help can be found at http://850mentalhealth.com/. This web-based resource contains an updated list of links to providers in our community that are available for service.