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Updated: 05/16/2014 04:50:00PM

Mental health crisis

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Dr. Mario Oliva conducts a one-on-one session with a patient.

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Registered nurse Nancy Shaw completes her paperwork during her shift

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Danielle Lakawakas, nurse Nancy Shaw Dr. Katrina Matthews look over one of the day’s reports.

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William Pierre speaks with a small gathering during one of the group sessions.

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Group therapy as well as individual sessions are important to the individuals at the Crisis Stabilization Unit at Charlotte Behavior Health Care

GRAPHIC PROVIDED BY CENTRAL FLORIDA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NETWORK INC.

Regional funding allocations, per county, over the last three fiscal years, via umbrella organization Central Florida Behavioral Health Network Inc., to community-based providers.

By BRENDA BARBOSA

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Editor’s note: This is the first of an occasional series looking at mental health care in Florida.

It’s a busy day in the crisis stabilization unit at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care. Nurse Nancy Shaw is hunched over a stack of patient files, intently focused on the new admissions who arrived at the psychiatric facility overnight.

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