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Who is Meridian?

Posted on June 21, 2017 by


Meridian is honored to be the largest provider of mental health and substance use disorder services in North Central Florida; while operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A 501(c)(3) organization must meet certain requirements, allowing for IRS approval as a tax-exempt, non-profit, charitable organization. Qualifying entities are continuously monitored by the US Department of Treasury. […]

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Meridian Awarded Funding Necessary to Combat Opioid Abuse

Posted on June 19, 2017 by


Meridian is thrilled to share we have been awarded over $500,000 in Opioid treatment and prevention funding through Lutheran Services Florida (LSF.) Between the years 2005 and 2014, the rate of opioid-related ED visits increased 99.4 percent in the United States.  The Northeast Region of Florida, the region served by Meridian, experiences significant levels of […]

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Meridian to become Baker County’s Primary Mental Healthcare Provider

Posted on June 14, 2017 by


Meridian is excited to announce we have been awarded the necessary funding to become Baker County’s primary mental healthcare provider. With strong support from Baker County law enforcement, partners within the judicial circuit, criminal justice and child welfare; the partnership became official on the Lutheran Services Florida Health Systems website, Friday, June 9. Meridian currently […]

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Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety Officers

Posted on June 5, 2017 by


Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. will be hosting an Adult Mental Health First Aid course, free of charge, to all Public Safety Officers. The course will be held on June 30, 2017 from 8:30 am- 5:00 pm at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office; with the purpose of equipping participants with the appropriate professional, peer, social and […]

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Suicide Among Teens

Posted on May 4, 2017 by


Mental Health illnesses affect more than a quarter of the US population, yet two-thirds go without treatment. Specifically related to this, suicide is currently the 2nd leading cause of death for our youth ages 10 to 24. More teenagers die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung […]

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Mental Health First Aid – May 2017

Posted on April 26, 2017 by


In observation of Mental Health Awareness Month, Meridian has set dates to offer four Mental Health First Aid (MFHA) courses, free of charge, to the community. Course sessions will last from 8:30 am- 5:00 pm with a one-hour break for lunch. All attendees must attend the entire course in order to obtain Mental Health First […]

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Mental Health First Aid Drive

Posted on April 10, 2017 by


Sponsor Community Mental Health First Aid Training By sponsoring Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), you can partner with Meridian to train non-practitioners how to recognize and respond to mental health crisis. Now through May, we are hosting a fundraising drive with the goal of offering 20 MHFA training courses free of charge to the community. […]

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Meridian and The 2017 Amazing Give!

Posted on March 9, 2017 by


We are excited to announce that Meridian will be partaking in The Amazing Give for a 2nd year in a row. The Amazing Give is a 24 hour day of giving here in our community where non-profits from around the area come together and raise as much money as they can. The event runs from 6PM on March […]

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The Lodge at Meridian – Development update!

Posted on January 30, 2017 by


In September 2016, Meridian hosted the inaugural Steps to Wellness Luncheon at the Sweetwater Branch Inn. At this event we introduced Amber’s story and the importance’s of The Lodge in providing Meridian clients a safe place to stay during recovery, kicking off our campaign to complete the renovations of the remaining 13 unfinished rooms at The Lodge. This event alone […]

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Carali McLean Joins Meridian’s Executive Management Team

Posted on January 27, 2017 by


Meridian is excited to welcome Carali McLean as Senior Vice President of Clinical Programs and Business Development. Carali joins us with more than 25 years’ experience in community mental health care and administration. Before joining Meridian in November, Carali served as Vice President of Continuous Quality Improvement with Gracepoint Management and as Chief Administrative Officer with […]

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