1 May 1962
Fact sheet #1
State-Wide Survey of Mental Health Needs and Resources
In 1960, the Florida Association for Mental Health fanned a committee to explore means of securing a" state-wide survey of mental health needs and resources, by a ccmpbtent3 professional team. It was believed that out of this would come a blue-print for the future3 which all interested organizations and persons could adopt and follow. There had been no comprehensive look a mental health picture in Florida for more than 10 years.
The committee members were Dr. William Corwin of Miami, John H. Burwell of Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Arnold Eichert of Hollywood and Lawrence Renfroe of Tallahassee.
As a result of the efforts of this committee and many other interested persons, the 1961 Legislature set up the Governor' a Advisory Committee on Mental Health, charged with securing the survey, and appropriated $25,000 for the cost. The Governor appointed Lawrence Renfroe of Tallahassee Chairman, and the following members:
William Corwin, M.D. of Miami
Peter Regan, M. D. of Gainesville
Mrs.Karl Krastin of Gainesville
Mrs. L. B. Wright, of Jacksonville
Mr. Harry Gonzalez, of Jacksonville
Mr. David Yoakley, of West Palm Beach
The Committee has met a number of times and discussed the kind of survey desired. Late in April a contract was signed with the American Psychiatric Association to conduct the survey at a cost of $32,000. The extra amount needed was provided out of private funds.
Having no money to employ staff, the committee has asked the Florida Association for Mental Health to do certain preparatory studies required by the APA survey teams3 and to organize public hearings about the state when appropriate.
More information will be supplied you later, as developments occur.
Memorandum Florida Association for Mental Health
31 May 1962
Fact Sheet #2
STATE-WIDE SURVEY OF MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS AND RESOURCES
The Florida Advisory Committee on Mental Health, set up by the Governor on the authority of the 1961 Legislature3 has engaged the American Psychiatric Association to conduct this study. This organization has been chosen in view of its experience in the field9 In recent years it has studied Mental Health programs of some 20 states9
The Committee, consisting of Lawrence W. Renfroe (Chairman) of Tallahassee, Dr. William Corwin of Miami, Dr. Peter Regan and Mrs. Karl Krastin of Gainesville, Mrs. L. B. Wright and Harry Gonzalez of Jacksonville and David Yoakley of West Palm Beach, met in Jacksonville May 22 with Dr. Don Harnmersley of the A.A.A. and Malcolm Baker, Consultant to FAMH. Baker has been borrowed from FAMH to help the Committee do the necessary planning for the survey.
Dates were set for a series of public hearings as follows:
Pensacola July 16 Orlando July 23
Tallahassee July l8 Miami July 25-26-27
Jacksonville July 19-20 Tampa July 30-31
Invitations to appear at the hearings will be sent to interested and knowledgeable persons and groups throughout Florida. The Mental Health Chapters in the hearing cities will handle the scheduling of those who wish to appear. Time will be limited to 15 minutes per person or organization, but each will be urged to submit a written statement of his position, of any length5 for the information of the survey team.
Either Dr. Mathew Ross, Medical Director of the A.P.A., or Dr., Don Hannersley, will preside at the hearings.
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In September and October, various consultants engaged by the American Psychiatric Association, will visit the various mental health facilities, pubic and private, and make reports to the Survey committee. Preliminary recommendations should be ready early in 1963,
Memorandum Florida Association for Mental Health
Instructions for Chapters regarding Public Hearings of the A.P.A. Survey Team
ALL CHAPTERS ARE URGED:
I.. To issue news releases to local papers, radio and TV stations, as information is received.
a) At once, based on Fact sheets #1 and #2
b) on June 22, when 3000 invitations will go out to appear at the hearings.
c) after the hearings, on persons present and highlights of statements.
II. To send FAMH a copy of whatever directory of community agencies exists in the county, with checks opposite names of persons and groups who should be invited to the hearings.
Where no directory exists, or in addition to it, sand PAMH other desirable names.
Mote that all the names and groups listed on the attached sheets "Tentative Invitation List" will get invitations automatically.
ABOVE TO BE DONE BEFORE JUNE 10TH
HOST CHAPTERS in Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Miami:
III. Engage a suitable place for the hearing. This should be near the center of town, with good parking, air-conditioned, with good acoustics and comfortable chair (some people will have to sit in them all day long). It should accommodate 50 to 100 people, not so large as to require a PA system.
Head table should have seats for 6 persons. An APA official will preside; a member of the Florida Advisory Committee for Mental Health will introduce him. Be sure there are ash trays, water, etc.
The Chapter will set up a schedule for each day's hearings, first appointment at 9:30, last at 4:30, with a 75 minute break for lunch. This makes 24 appointments at l5-mirnute intervals. Fill in the schedule as requests are received, notifying participant of the appointment hour and the place of the hearing.
Requests to appear will be received by the chapter, and also be forwarded to the Chapter from Jacksonville. Two extra appointments can be scheduled morning and afternoon, if necessary, with the understanding that the participants will be heard if possible. Try to eliminate those persons whose only desire is self-advertisement. Tell these persons the survey team will be glad to receive their written statements for study later.
FLORIDA ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH
Tentative Invitation List for Public Hearings of the A.P.A. Survey Team
Bd of Comrs ofState Institutions
Directors of Divisions
Sunland Tr Centers
Child Tr Schools
Supts of Institutions
ALcohol Rehabilitation Program and Clinics
State BD of Health
Directors Mental Health
Maternal & ChHealth
Local HIth Svces
Dirs of 16 Clinics State TB Board
Supts of TB Hosps
Bd of Control
Presidents of Univis
Heads of Depts of
State Dept of Education
Presidents Jr Colleges
Vocational Rehab &
State Dept of Pub Welfare District Offices
Council on T&R in MH
Asst Attys General
Crippled Ch Commission
Council for Blind & school
Merit System Council
Dept of Vets Affairs
Fla Development Comm Hospital Division
Bd of Nursing
County & City Government
Public Welfare Depts
City & County Commissions
City Police Cgiefs
County School supts
MH Resouce Council, Tampa
Supts of all General Hosps
Members of Fla Psychiatric Assn
Members of Fla Psychological Assn
Fla Medical Assn
Mental Hlth Committee
Local Retarded Children's Assns
Schools for retarded
Local Ministerial Assns
Local Bar Assns
Homes for the Aged
United Funds & Planning Cncils
Travelers Aid Societies
Salvations Army Installations
Amer Red Cross chapters
Chapters of Am Assn of Retired Persons
Local Alcoholics Anon groups
Local Leagues of Women Voters
Local Junior Leagues
Tentative Invitation List Page 2
Aging, Fla Council on
American Legion, Fla Dept
American Legion Auxiliary
Arthritis & Rheumatism Fdn
Blind, Fed. for the
Blindness, Society for Prevention
B'nai Brith Federation
Bus. & Prof. Women's Clubs, Fed. of
Cancer, American Society
Capital Press Club
Chamber of Commerce, Fla
Child Group Care Assn
Childhood Education, Assn for
Children under six, Assn for
Children's Home society
Council of Churches
Church Women, United
Circuit Judges Council
Civil & Criminal Judges Assn
County Commrs, Assn of
Crippled Children & Adults Assn
Disabled American Vets
Education Assn, Fla.
General Practice, Acedemy of
Health Underwriters, Assn
Heart Assn, American
Human Relations, Council on
Jewish War Veterans
Jr Chanber of Commerce
Justices of the Peace Assn
Grand Lodge, Masons
Practical Nurses Assn
League for Nursing
Nursing Home Assn
Occupational Therapy Assn
Osteopathic Medical Assn
Congress of PTA's
Peace Officers Assn
Probation & Parole Assn
Psychiatric Treatment of Offenders Assn
Retared Children's, Council
Senior Citizens Fdn
Social Workers, Fla. Fed Of
Social Workers, Natl Ass.
TB & Health Assn
Veterans of Foreign Wars
League of Warren Voters
Women's Clubs Federation
United Cerebral Palsy Assn
Muscular Dystrophy Assn
Multiple Sclerosis society
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