Staff Contacts:

Michele Rosiere, MSW
Vice President of Programs

Michael Collins, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychiatrist

Phone: (954) 561-9681 Ext. 1292
Fax: (954) 561-9685

Jenny Pi, Psy.D., CAP
Forensic Specialist Clinician

Phone: (954) 561-9681 Ext. 1230
Fax: (954) 561-9685

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) program is contracted by Broward Behavioral Health Coalition to provide linkage, support, and advocacy to clients who have mental health or co-occurring disorders and are involved in the felony court system in Broward County. This involves being present in the felony mental health courts, visiting clients in the six state mental hospitals, providing linkage to case management agencies for all defendants who are found Incompetent to Proceed (ITP) to trial due to mental illness, and conducting training designed to restore these individuals to competency so they can proceed through the judicial process.

The BRHPC SAMH Team provides services in three main areas. The programs include Competency Restoration Training (CRT), Post-Arrest Diversion (PAD) and Forensic Hospital Case Management. In all these areas, we try to promote the idea that each individual can break the cycle of frequent recidivism in the jail during the competency restoration process and reoffending after being found competent. The SAMH Clinician is responsible for processing all referrals of clients who are found ITP in the Felony courts. First, the referrals are reviewed for completeness. Next, a clinical determination is made of the client’s suitability for services, based on their mental health and/or substance use disorders, general intellectual ability to comprehend competency restoration material and specific competency deficits. Clients are then linked with appropriate community agency for case management and medication services, as well as to enrollment in competency restoration services at BRHPC. Services are delivered in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole by BRHPC staff. Contracted interpreters are used with anyone who needs an interpreter including those who communicate using American Sign Language. Assistive Aids are also available for clients who are hard of hearing.

All services are delivered in an atmosphere of unconditional positive regard with a focus on resilience and recovery. While we have a variety of specific tasks within the Forensic Judicial System including Competency Restoration and linkage to the community, our overriding goal is to provide strengths-based, person centered, culturally and linguistically response, trauma informed services to all our clients. We have adapted our services to include Evidence Based Practices that support our clients’ movement toward recovery. These EBP’s include Motivational Interviewing, Comprehensive Continuous Integrated System of Care, Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT).

Hospital Liaisons coordinate care for Broward County clients in South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center and South Florida State Hospital located in Miami-Dade County, Treasure Coast Forensic Treatment Center located in Martin County, North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center in Gainesville, Northeast Florida State Hospital in MacClenny near Jacksonville and Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee in the Florida panhandle.

SAMH Court Liaisons attend felony mental health court sessions four days a week. They are located in the courtroom of Judge Ari Porth. They are also available to assist in all other felony courtrooms where ITP clients’ cases are heard.

The SAMH team also includes Certified Peer Specialists who provide advocacy and support to all our clients. In an effort to train more Peer Specialists, the BRHPC Training Institute, a certified licensed training provider with the Florida Certification Board for Continuing Education

Units/Credits (CEU), offers training to promote the Florida Certification Board’s new professions, “Substance Abuse Peer Specialist” or “Recovery Support Specialist,” and “Adult Mental Health Recovery Peer Specialist.” The Institute’s mission is to assist consumers and family members through recovery and resiliency, while promoting employment for individuals and families with substance abuse recovery and mental health needs. The main objective is to assist consumers to obtain Certification and secure employment in mental health and substance abuse recovery settings.

The Peer Specialists aid clients in completing the Social Security Income/ Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) application. The SOAR application is a form of benefit acquisition, as it will allow the client to be eligible for Social Security Income and Disability. The Peer Specialist also provides individual support and interim services while the client is waiting to be admitted to the Post-Arrest Diversion Program. Additionally, the Peer Specialist acts as a role model for the goal of recovery and resilience.