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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2019
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Thank You First Responder to Conduct Mental Health First Aid Training for Broward Sheriff’s Office

~ Sponsored by Ventre Medical

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. — JULY 24, 2019 — Thank You First Responder, Inc. (TYFRO), a 501(c)3 South Florida based non-profit and Ventre Medical Associates (VMA) will provide an eight hour training course in Mental Health First Aid training for 20 First Responders at BSO Public Safety Building located at 2601 West Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on July 29, 2019.

Gregory Tony BSO Sheriff at 2019 MHFA Launch Event

BSO Sheriff Gregory Tony at 2019 Thank You First Responder Mental Health First Aid Launch Event

“As Sheriff of Broward County, I fully understand how Behavioral Health issues impact our community. It is my goal to provide the members of BSO with the most cutting edge education and resources available to serve the residents and visitors of Broward County,” stated BSO Sheriff Gregory Tony. “I am happy to partner with the Thank You First Responder organization as they roll out their Mental Health First Aid training program to our Fire Rescue personnel.”

Dr. Peter Ventre of sponsoring partner Ventre Medical stated, “VMA’s commitment to quality of care is not limited to our providers.  We strive to assist our community and external service providers with the tools needed to better understand and assist people with mental health needs including First Responders”

Broward District Fire Chief Ken Kronheim, who is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, remarked “as a Chief Fire Officer as well as a practicing Licensed Psychotherapist, I am excited to see our Fire Rescue personnel receive Mental Health First Aid training to better equip them on the pathology, impact and treatment of Behavioral Health in the community we serve.” 

Stanton Smith, TYFRO Co-Founder and Board Member remarked, “through this unique partnership with BSO and Ventre Medical, we’re advancing the skills needed for 20 First Responders to deescalate situations and reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance abuse problem and help connect them to appropriate care.” 

About Thank You First Responder 
TYFRO is a grassroots, 501(c)3 effort whose purpose is to raise awareness, support, celebrate, honor and most importantly create a “Culture of Thank You” for all of our Nation’s First Responders for the difficult job they do every day by putting their lives on the line to protect and enhance our country and way of life. TYFRO supports the creation of a national day of recognition by the U.S. Congress and partners with MentalHealthFiratAid.org to offer Mental Health First Aid training.  For more information please visit ThankYouFirstResponder.org. 

About Ventre Medical
Ventre Medical Associates located in Oakland Park, Florida is a full-service psychiatric clinic offering expert consultation, evaluation, and treatment of mental health disorders.  VMA provides additional outpatient psychiatric services at detox, PHP, and IOP locations throughout the Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Many of their psychiatrists serve on staff at some of the area’s leading hospitals and are experts at treating patients in acute care settings. The VMA team utilizes the most up-to-date psychiatric techniques and specializes in a variety of treatments for every stage of life: children and adolescents, adult and the elderly, substance abuse patients and addiction recovery.

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