On August 20, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appointed six state experts to the Florida Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The commission was established in 1999 by the Florida Legislature as a way to review, evaluate and make recommendations for change to the state systems addressing mental health and substance use,
Alumni and Friends
As Florida State University welcomed back students to campus in August, student organizations and their new leaders are faced with the fun challenge of reconnecting with their peers in person. The FSU College of Social Work is excited to profile the amazing students leading the FSU Student Association of Social Workers (SASW) and the FSU Macro Social Work Student Network (MSWSN) who have dedicated themselves to the busy and ambitious lineup of social, networking and education events for students in the College of Social Work and across campus.
Social work student Merari Flores Saldana was awarded the 2021 Scholarship for Students of Color Pursuing Degrees in Mental Health by Mantra Health, a digital mental health clinic that partners with institutes of higher education. In her second year at Florida State University, Merari will graduate with her Master of Social Work with a clinical focus in spring 2022.
Family cohesion and regular religious attendance play a critical role in positive mental health outcomes for Asian Americans, according to new research from Florida State University.
Amy L. Ai, a professor in the College of Social Work, led an interdisciplinary team that found family cohesion reduced the incidence of anxiety disorders among Asian Americans while regular religious attendance lowered their rate of substance use disorder. Family conflict increased instances of both substance use disorder and depression.
As vice president for The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Barbara develops and empowers leaders daily by serving the chamber as executive director of the Leadership Tallahassee program. Leadership Tallahassee is an organization dedicated to offering leadership opportunities and programs for professionals, high school juniors and community newcomers.
It is a common experience for young adults to struggle when they get to college. These struggles are often compounded for students who lack a support system, particularly first-generation students and children who become independent early in adulthood due to experiences in foster care or the child welfare system.
Florida Institute for Child Welfare Awarded $10 Million to Revitalize Child Welfare System of Florida
The Florida Institute for Child Welfare, housed in the Florida State University College of Social Work, will receive $10 million in recurring funding from the state budget, which Governor Ron DeSantis signed earlier this month.
Social work student Taylor Biro can’t recall when she first became involved in community advocacy, only that her interest in it was developed and nurtured by the educators at SAIL High School in Tallahassee, Florida. SAIL, established in 1975, was the first accredited alternative school in Florida that emphasizes individualization, democratic decision-making and applying academics in a humanistic atmosphere. “We were given the autonomy to design our learning,” she recollected.