The Academy Joins Forces in Tallahassee

The Academy Joins Forces in Tallahassee

The Academy joined the Florida Clubhouse Coalition for a day of advocacy at Florida’s state capitol in Tallahassee. Eleven Florida Clubhouse programs leveraged their voices in support of a $1.5 million “Workforce Development” budget request with the Department of Children and Families.

If approved by the legislature, funding will be distributed equally among Florida Clubhouses and provide increased employment opportunities for adults living with mental illness. This budget request is also part of Governor Desantis’ Budget Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

Academy members Scott Ehrenpreis and Izzy DeMartine, Board President Joan Geyer, and Director William McKeever joined Clubhouse colleagues from Fort Myers, Gainesville, Lakeland, Miami, Orlando, Pinellas Park and Sanford. It was a day filled with camaraderie, public speaking and advocacy