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Mind Matters: Youth Mental Health And School Systems

This episode of Mind Matters takes a deep dive into mental health issues in children. This discussion can act as a guide for parents seeing behavioral issues in their children and who are looking for ways to help. We also talk about behavioral issues...

Navigating Your Child’s Mental Health as They Start School

Starting school is a significant milestone in a child's life, marked by excitement, anticipation and sometimes, a touch of anxiety. This transition can pose unique challenges for both the child and their family. In some cases, families may find themselves seeking behavioral health inpatient care to provide their child with [...]

The Connection Between Psychiatric Disorders and Substance Abuse

Psychiatric disorders and substance abuse are two complex conditions that can occur separately or together. When they co-occur, they can exacerbate each other, making it more challenging to diagnose and treat. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), approximately half of people who have a substance use disorder [...]

Perspectives from an Inpatient Psychiatrist

This month we talked with Dr. Alison Weiss, MD, psychiatrist at La Amistad Behavioral Health Services. Topics include what it is like being a psychiatrist, what she treats on a daily basis and what she is seeing from a medical perspective in our chil...

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Mariel Johnson, Program Social Service Manager for the Adolescent Programs

Mariel Johnson is the Program Manager at the Maitland campus for adolescents. Mariel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and received her clinical training at the University of Central Florida’s Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy master’s program. She has been with La Amistad at various time, and [...]

Devon Kriebel, Director of Nursing

Devon Kriebel brings 14 years of varied experience working in the mental health field. He received his Registered Nursing License in 2006. Devon has held various roles within the mental health field such as Mental Health Technician, working as a floor nurse and charge nurse and then Director of Admissions. [...]

Tim Haubrock, Director of Education

Tim Haubrock serves as the Director of Education of La Amistad Behavioral Health Services. He holds a professional teaching license from the State of Florida in Exceptional Student Education and Educational Leadership, grades kindergarten through 12th. As an educator, he brings seven years of experience working with a wide variety [...]

Desiree Fouse, L.M.H.C., Risk Manager and Quality Improvement

Desiree Fouse now serves in the role of Risk Manager and Performance Improvement at La Amistad. Desiree is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and received her education credentials in clinical mental health counseling from Stetson University. She has been with La Amistad since 2009 in various disciplinary roles. Prior to [...]

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