UCF RESTORES awarded $1.4 million grant for additional mental health services to help first responders – WFTV

ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF RESTORES has received a $1.4 million grant from the Florida Department of Children and Families Regional First Responder Support Center to provide more funding for first responders, said the University of Central Florida in a statement Thursday.

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This award will help establish the organization as one of six regional support centers in Florida and expand peer support and suicide prevention training.

UCF RESTORES also received an additional $270,000 to work with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University to create a statewide mental health toolkit.

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UCF RESTORES is a nonprofit clinical research center and trauma treatment clinic that was established in 2011. It is home to the National Center of Excellence for First Responder Behavioral Health.

Some of its services include a suicide prevention course called REACT and a network of clinical professionals, free to first responders in need.

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Dr. David Rozek, assistant professor at UCF RESTORES, said this grant will greatly help the community.

“UCF RESTORES has a proud history of providing support to first responders in Florida. Serving as a regional support center will allow us to reach even more first responders and their families in need,” said Rozek, who is also a director of the National Center of Excellence for First Responder Behavioral Health.

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