FSU, TMH, Apalachee Center to open new behavioral health center

Mental health care is being advanced in the Tallahassee region with the opening of an innovative facility that will house the Florida State University College of Medicine’s new Psychiatry Residency Program.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and the Apalachee Center have a partnership with FSU through the residency program initiative, and the new center will also bring the two health care organizations’ outpatient behavioral health services together under one roof.

“This is a watershed moment for behavioral health services in Tallahassee and the Big Bend,” Apalachee Center President and CEO Jay Reeve said in a release.

Jay A. Reeve, PhD - President, Chief Executive Officer, Apalachee Center

To celebrate what is being called the “Live Oak Behavioral Health Center,” an invite-only ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday at 2600 Centennial Place. The center will occupy the second story of the office building located at the site, which is part of the Regional Center office plaza off Centerville Road.

Following the ribbon cutting event will be an open house at 10 a.m., which the public is welcome to attend.

Live Oak Behavioral Health Center will occupy the entire second story of the office building located at 2600 Centennial Place in Tallahassee, part of the Regional Center office plaza off Centerville Road.

“There is a recognized shortage of psychiatrists in the state and a more critical shortage in this area of the state,” FSU College of Medicine Interim Dean Alma Littles said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to the College of Medicine’s contributions to expand access to mental and behavioral health care for patients in the Panhandle and beyond as we train the next generation of psychiatrists.”

Dr. Alma Littles was named interim dean of the Florida State University College of Medicine.

FSU’s residency program will begin July 1 with a small group of four residents who will go through four years of training in psychiatry. Four medical school graduates will be added to the program each year until it reaches its capacity of 16 residents.

Monetary support for the program will come from TMH and the Apalachee Center with state and federal funding sources being considered for additional funds.

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