Who We Are


South Florida Behavioral Health Network is now doing business as Thriving Mind South Florida!  Please visit our new website at www.thrivingmind.org 


South Florida Behavioral Health Network is a nonprofit, managing entity that provides comprehensive planning, coordination, collaboration, advocacy, contract management and fiscal oversight to enrich and expand the consumer driven continuum of behavioral health prevention and treatment services in a culturally appropriate manner for children, youth and adults throughout the communities of South Florida.
Our goal is to develop, implement and refine a coordinated system of behavioral health care within the community that enhances prevention, treatment and recovery services for those at risk of or who are suffering from mental health and substance abuse problems.
The South Florida Behavioral Health Network seeks to develop a system of care that provides the best access to care and strive for excellence in behavioral health service delivery.

What's New


Opioid Crisis In South Florida

Watch SFBHN's Chief Operating Officer Laura Naredo discuss a new opioid pilot program on WPBT and WXEL



SFBHN Welcomes Dr. John Newcomer!

South Florida Behavioral Health Network has announced that John W. Newcomer, M.D. has been named its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.  Dr. Newcomer was previously Professor of Integrated Medical Science at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. He has been a principal investigator on research grants funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for more than 20 years and has held a series of leadership positions at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Miami Miller School, and at FAU where he served as Vice Dean and Interim Vice President for Research.


Dr. Newcomer has received numerous honors and awards, including an Independent Scientist Award from the NIH and placement on the Thomson Reuters List of Highly Cited Researchers in 2014. Dr. Newcomer has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology since 2006, has served as a reviewer for the NIH and other funding agencies, and since 2007, has been a member of the Metabolic Disorders Steering Committee of the Biomarkers Consortium of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). In the public sector for 13 years, he was Chair of the Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board for the State of Missouri, supporting public oversight for more than $1B in pharmacy program expenditures. Dr. Newcomer completed his psychiatry residency at Stanford University, received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude from Brown University. He is a Diplomate from the American Board of Psychiatry.


“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead South Florida Behavioral Health Network, an organization that is responsible for the mental health and substance use disorder care of more than 60,000 residents of Miami Dade and Monroe counties, serving a community of almost 3 million,” said Dr. Newcomer. “I look forward to working with our outstanding staff to help our providers improve the quality of care for patients. With a high prevalence of mental illness and substance abuse, South Florida represents one of the nation’s areas of significant unmet need. I hope to shine the spotlight on the mental health and substance issues we face and access more funding to match the need.”


Judge Steve Leifman, chairman of the board of SFBHN, served on the search committee and remarked, “John brings a wealth of knowledge from his background as a psychiatrist and expert in the field who will promote better access and quality of care for the people of South Florida who rely on mental health and substance abuse treatment. Working from an excellent foundation, I’m confident that Dr. Newcomer will help people with mental health and substance abuse disorders get the highest level of care possible.”



Acute Care - by SFBHN

Our Acute Care Program


In keeping with the requirements outlined in Section 394.9082(10), Florida Statutes (Senate Bill 12), SFBHN has implemented a real-time acute care services utilization (“ACSU”) tracking system for the public receiving facilities currently under contract.


The ACSU database is designed to capture data needed for “real time” assessment of the number of acute care beds being utilized daily, 24/7, in all public receiving facilities and all detoxification and addictions receiving facilities under contract with SFBHN.  This real-time utilization data is displayed via the utilization dashboard.


The ACSU data is readily and easily made available to our stakeholders to support care coordination, utilization management, and capacity maximization strategies among network providers in light of the emerging expectations regarding the central receiving systems.


To access the dashboard, please click on the panel to the left.  You will be redirected to the dashboard where you can click on a provider to obtain detailed bed availability information.


Key Features
  • Real-time data as reported by each of the contracted acute care facilities.
  • Powered by the proven Knight Integrated Software (KIS) data system.
  • All data is protected via a custom, encrypted 256 bit protocol.
  • Provider specific utilization metrics to best direct need to available capacity.


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Nondiscrimination Statement


In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as well as other applicable local and state regulations, all SFBHN programs and services are available to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, or sexual orientation. If you feel that you have been subjected to some form of discrimination by South Florida Behavioral Health Network or any of its employees, volunteers, or providers, then please contact: Jessica Rodriguez, Contract Management Supervisor, at (305) 858-3335.