Media Release

Mental Health Legislative Issues Highlighted on Alachua County Talks

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:30 PM

​AAlachua County TalksLACHUA COUNTY, FL – A new edition of Alachua County Talks featuring an interview with Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. President and CEO Maggie Labarta premieres Wednesday February 11, 2015 on Community 12 TV at 7:30 p.m. Labarta discusses mental healthcare services and mental health issues to be addressed in the upcoming Florida legislative session.

In speaking of the program Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “The Alachua County Commission has made mental healthcare funding one of its top legislative priorities in this year’s legislative session. Maggie Labarta provides a wealth of insight into the challenges currently facing both patients and healthcare providers.”

Visit the Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. website.
For more information about Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, call 352-374-5600 or toll-free at 800-330-8615.

View/download the Alachua County Commission’s 2015 Legislative Agenda (PDF). To read the County’s mental health funding priorities see page 9.

The latest editions of Alachua County Talks air at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. every night except Thursday, and at 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and 12 a.m. every day. Special or regular County Commission and Gainesville City Commission meetings may preempt any showing.

View Alachua County Talks: Mental Health Legislative Issues.

View the complete Channel 12 Schedule.

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For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5204.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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