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Friends of NEFSH
Elaine Roper, Vice President
Maria Huff-Edwards, President
Robert Coleman, Treasurer
Meetings are held every third Saturday at Northeast Florida State
small conference room of building one at 1:00 PM.
2011-2012 Meeting Dates:
Oct 22, 2011
November 19, 2011
December 10, 2011
February, 18, 2012
We are united in an effort to raise the
consciousness of our communities to the fact that severe and persistent mental
illness is a medical, neurobiological disease that is not chosen by persons who
are ill; to advocate for the needs of people with mental illness; and to support
the continuing needs of long-term care for the most seriously disabled in the
state of Florida.
To see the day when there is an end to
discrimination against persons with brain disorders.
The Northeast Florida State Hospital
(NEFSH) is located in Macclenny,
Florida. The hospital is a proud recipient of the 2000 Governor's Sterling
Northeast Florida State Hospital (NEFSH) operated by the Department of
Children and Families opened in 1959. NEFSH is designed to serve people
who suffer from a severe and persistent mental illness whose needs
cannot be met in community-based programs, or whose assessed needs
require a residential treatment environment with specialized programs
and services. Treatment is focused on the personal needs and goals of
each individual. The primary purpose of this treatment facility is to
provide quality programs and services that promote the successful return
of individuals into community living.
The hospital is part of the continuum of mental health care for 33 of
Florida’s 67 counties serving Districts 3, 4, 7, 12, 13 and 14 of the
State’s Department of Children and Families. NEFSH provides continuous
mental health care to approximately one third of Florida’s population.
NEFSH has 633 beds for adults who require long term mental health
Our Staff Work
Staff support is provided by the hospital’s Community Relations
Department. For more information you may contact them at:
(904) 259-6211 EXT. 1158
The Friends of NEFSH, Inc. is a vital organization comprised of families
and friends of individuals who are or have received treatment at
Northeast Florida State Hospital. All of our funds are used for
advocacy, support services and the special needs of the individuals
receiving services at NEFSH.
Annually, NEFSH is threatened by the Florida Legislature with
privatization. Our concern is that the hospital continues as a state
operated public institution, a hospital for the people, that is
unmatched by privately run facilities.
Every membership, at a cost of $10 per person per year, is vital, as we
impact the State’s decision making. Please join us!
Your Membership Helps NEFSH!
To improve the quality of life of the individuals served at Northeast
Florida State Hospital (NEFSH).
To keep legislators aware of the human and economic impact of serious and
persistent mental illness, the importance of the services provided by NEFSH,
and the financial needs of our hospital.
To monitor hospital services and report observations to management.
To strengthen and enlarge our organization by encouraging more family and
friends to join our organization, and to provide current educational
materials to families and the community at large.
To strengthen our relationship with surrounding communities, National
Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Florida and its affiliate chapters.
To host the Annual Mental Illness Awareness Golf Tournament.
To encourage family members to become involved in relevant hospital
committees and events.
Friends of NEFSH,
Inc. is a non-profit organization under the 501 (c) (3) designation. The
group is dedicated to increasing awareness of the devastating effects of mental
illness through its sponsorship of hospital events and programs and through
The purpose of this site is to promote hospital events that
are open to the public. Public events are designed to entertain people of
our community and to increase awareness of the devastating effects of mental
Here to see slides that show life at NEFSH. This will open in a
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Created by Jim Stivers