DeSantis continues to remain a focal point in her husband's administration, proving to be one of the governor's most valuable assets. Last month, she appeared in the Panhandle to announce the installation of telehealth portals in 63 public schools throughout six counties in Northwest Florida to provide mental health services to students still recovering from Hurricane Michael.
“I was thrilled to take part in today’s launch of the BRAVE program, a perfect example of the importance of the private sector being part of the solution to solving the mental health crisis facing our state,” said DeSantis. “I’d like to thank THE PLAYERS and Flagler Hospital for all they are doing to provide additional resources to students in St. Johns County who may be struggling. We will continue to work together to ensure that students and Floridians across the state know that help is on the horizon and we will not stop working on innovative solutions to the issue of mental health.”
Through BRAVE, Flagler Health+ Care Connect serves as the hub for student behavioral health referrals for all 39 schools in the St. John’s County School District. Last school year, only 36% of students in St. John’s County Schools who were identified with a need followed through to access care. BRAVE’s goal is to increase that to 90% by 2021.
The First Lady was joined at the announcement at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach by St. Johns County School Superintendent Tim Forson, Flagler Hospital Chief Executive Officer Jason Barrett, THE PLAYERS Executive Director Jared Rice as well as other stakeholders and educational leaders.
Following the announcement, DeSantis participated in a listening session with St. Johns County students about the importance of mental health and seeking help when they need it.