Healthy Lee Invites Community to “Join the Conversation” on Behavioral Health Jan. 9

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Dec. 20, 2017) One of the most important issues our community is facing today – behavioral health – will be the topic of a community-wide dialogue Tuesday, Jan. 9, hosted by Healthy Lee. This free event, open to the public, will be held on the Fort Myers campus of Florida Southwestern State College from 7:30-10 a.m. Special guest speakers and facilitated conversations on the challenges and opportunities to create a healthy community will be featured.

Christin Collins and Debbie Toler are co-chairs for the event. Collins says: “Many of our societal challenges stem from mental or behavioral health disorders and, if detected early, could be supported and avoided. It is time to shed light on this paramount issue, and create much needed change by engaging in meaningful dialog about the current state of behavioral health in Lee County, and shaping the future, together as a community. There are major issues to discuss, including access and availability to care, and funding – a major barrier to care. Florida is the second least funded state in the nation when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid funding for mental and behavioral health services. Of which Lee County is the least funded county in the state of Florida,”

The morning’s activities will begin with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., general session at 8 a.m. and breakout sessions from 9-10 a.m. will be held on the following topics: Children’s behavioral health, adult/senior behavioral health, substance abuse, dementia, depression and anxiety in the workplace.

Robert Roose, MD, MPH, FASAM, Vice President, Mercy Behavioral Health Care in Massachusetts, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Roose oversees Providence Behavioral Health Hospital (PBHH) and leads the behavioral health service lines, which include psychiatric and addiction and recovery services.

To join the conversation, please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 5, to: Florida Southwestern State College is located at 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. The event will be held in room U-102.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at

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