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Sesame Street in Communities

Thriving Mind South Florida: SSIC Master Training Session

April 23, 2021

Thriving Mind South Florida kicked off its work as a partner to Sesame Street in Communities last fall.

We have been working with the staff and leadership at our network of providers of mental health and substance use treatment disorders to train them on all the available resources SSIC has to offer in order to bring to our community families. Our providers, nearly 40 who serve thousands of people in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, take the SSIC trainings back to their staff to determine how best to implement the program in their unique service environments.

To date, we have identified staff who work directly with at-risk families, shown them how to access the SSIC portal and what the portal has to offer in terms of resources. Our trainings to date have focused on Wellness, ABCs/123s, and Tough Conversations. Because our providers work in the mental health and substance use treatment space, we have focused our efforts on parental addiction and resilience, how it affects families and what SSIC resources are available to support this work.

Some of our provider staff log right into the SSIC portal to show families all that SSIC has to offer.

“Our providers love the content,” said Maria Guajardo, who directs Thriving Mind’s children’s system of care and is a lead SSIC contact.

“Some of our larger service providers are working with schools in our region to train guidance counselors who work with students on prevention efforts”, said Ashley Wiggins, Thriving Mind’s child welfare integration specialist.

“Our peers are working directly with families to get signed up,” said Wiggins, explaining how peers—those who are already in recovery—are actively involved in the prevention and education efforts.

Thriving Mind | South Florida (Contracting as South Florida Behavioral Health Network, Inc.) promotes access to effective, accountable and compassionate care for individuals and families in our community with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. We fund and oversee a safety net of services for uninsured individuals in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, with a total population of almost 3 million people, supported by Florida’s Department of Children and Families and other public and private sources.