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Community Wellness Day set for Sunday, Dec. 9 in Callaway

Post Date:12/04/2018 4:00 PM


The Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) in Bay County is hosting a community wellness day from Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Callaway Arts and Conference Center, 500 Callaway Parkway. The goal of this free event is to provide information on signs and symptoms of mental health and/or substance use as well as resources in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

“We realize that Hurricane Michael is having a large impact on our community. Based on the devastation of the storm and the length of time for recovery efforts, there will be an increase need for physical and mental health services," said Ann Wing, Network Coordinator, Big Bend Community Based Care.

Hurricane Michael damaged much of the medical infrastructure, including mental health and substance use service providers. Many providers are now reopened and able to provide some services. ROSC is assisting providers in their recovery efforts as they continue to work to get back to full operations.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), many people show resilience after a disaster, but it is common for people to show signs of stress. After Hurricane Michael, it is important to monitor physical and emotional health. The goal of Sunday’s event is to help people learn self-care techniques through art and physical activity, and to connect residents to providers with additional resources. Lunch will be provided to the first 300 participants by Back Beach Barbeque, Bay County Strong.

Participating organizations include:


  • Hope Project- Equine Therapy
  • Artlife- Art Therapy
  • Global Arts Society- Art Therapy
  • Floriopolis- Art Therapy

 Mental Health

  • Life Management Center
    • Foster Care Recruitment
    • Mental Health
  • Florida Spring- Mental Health
  • Emerald Coast Behavioral- Mental Health
  • Florida Therapy- Mental Health
  • Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center- Trauma Care

Substance Use

  • Gulf Coast Addiction Medicine
  • Treatment Center of Panama City
  • Chemical Addictions Recovery Effort 


  • PanCare- Medical Care
  • Florida Department of Health in Bay County- Flu Shots
  • Sunshine Health- MMA Plan


  • Healthy Start- Baby items
  • Kristin Little- Yoga
  • Second Chance of Northwest Florida

SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline available as a resource to assist in the management of stress. The helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline decided to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The toll-free number is multilingual, and confidential. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. 

About Recovery Oriented System of Care in Bay County

The mission of the ROSC in Bay County is to collectively create a Recovery Oriented System of Care that allows access to resources that support recovery goals, provide education and awareness on mental health and substance use, and promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, and the community.

Bay County’s ROSC initiative began as a result of many different parts moving then collaborating to make efforts more effective. The Community Health Improvement Plan was a key point for the initiative as the community identified Mental Health/Substance Use as a top health priority during the 2015 Community Health Assessment process. Health indicators support this selection with Bay County having one of the highest rates of suicide based on population, a high removal rate of children from their homes, and the highest number of overdoses deaths due to Alprazolam in the state. The Community Health Task Force, Big Bend Community Based Care, Life Management Center, and the Florida Department of Health in Bay County identify priorities, goals, and tactics related to the plan.

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