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First Responder Resiliency

Department of Children and Families Secretary Shevaun Harris announced the award winners of the $12 million procurement of mental health services for Florida’s first responders and their families. In December of 2021, the First Lady announced $12 million in funding to go to implementing or expanding behavioral health services, such as peer-to-peer supports, throughout the state. These services will connect first responders to a provider or fellow first responder who is trained to provide referrals, information, and counseling.

*As information and contracts are finalized more information on the individual services will be available on this page.

Vendor Region
Florida A & M University Northwest  (Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, Washington)
Lutheran Services Florida Health Systems Northeast (Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia)
UCF RESTORES Central (Brevard, Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter)
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay SunCoast (Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota)
211 Broward Southeast (Broward, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie)

The First Responder Behavioral Health Access Program (BHAP) Toolkit marks a significant milestone to support the mental health and well-being of Florida’s first responders. Developed in partnership with the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s 2nd Alarm Project and the UCF RESTORES program, the Toolkit is a research-informed resource enabling first responder agencies to proactively support the mental well-being of personnel.

To access the BHAP Toolkit and additional resources, register at

Resources First Responders/Law Enforcement

First Responders Resources

  • Text to 741-741 for free 24/7 crisis counselor support
  • Call (206) 459-3020 for 24/7 confidential crisis referral for First Responders & Families
  • Visit: Copline or call 1-800-267-5463
  • Visit All Clear Foundation for more resources

First Responder Suicide Deterrence Task Force 2023 Report

First Responder Suicide Deterrence Task Force 2022 Report

First Responder Suicide Deterrence Task Force 2021 Report