Bay District Schools Student Wellness Programs


Florida Senate Bill (SB) 7026, cited as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, created the mental health assistance allocation to provide funding to assist school districts in establishing school based mental health services.  SB 7030 (2019) enhanced the school safety and security requirements established in Senate Bill (SB) 7026 (2018) by addressing the legislative recommendations of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSDHS) Public Safety Commission.  To support the mental health needs of our students and to meet these requirements, Bay District Schools (BDS) Student Services Department established, and expanded the BDS Mental Health Team.


 BDS is dedicated to providing a multi-tiered system of support that includes the delivery of evidence-based mental health care assessment, diagnosis, intervention, treatment, and recovery services to students with one or more mental health or co-occurring substance abuse diagnoses and to students at high risk of such diagnoses.  Through a Community of Care (CofC) referral process these services are coordinated with each student and families unique needs at the forefront. In a partnership with our community based providers, BDS is dedicated to supporting our community with a whole child approach to assist with mental health needs.


 Please contact your students’ school counselor or the Director of Student Wellness Programs at 767-4100  for more information.  If you need immediate assistance please call 911.

Parental Consent for School Based Behavior Support Services
Florida Department of Education Required Instruction for Child Trafficking Prevention, Substance Abuse Education, and Mental Emotional Health Education - Click HERE:
BDS Plan
For Immediate Assistance and Support

Call 911 to reach Emergency Medical Services

If the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911, available 24 hours a day.

1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat  to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

1-850-522-4485 for Life Management Center’s 24-Hour Mental Health Crisis Line 

Life Management Center’s Emergency Services professionals are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide crisis counseling or conduct emergency mental health evaluations that include suicide assessment and examination for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization.


1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline

24/7, 365-day-a--year, this national hotline is dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. 

National Crisis Hotline Resources

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 (4-A-CHILD)

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE); TTY 1-800-787-3224

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)

National Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474; Text “loveis” to 77054

Local Community Based Mental Health Resources

Go Online to access 850MentalHealth 

2-1-1 is a FREE service provided by United Way that connects area residents to critical health and social service resources.


2020 Local Resource Guide

Live Binder:

This resource allows the mental health community providers of Florida to offer support and resources collectively and locally, emphasizing mental health awareness and assistance to Bay Districts and surrounding communities. As a “live binder,” this resource will be actively reviewed and updated accordingly throughout the school year. 



BDS Mental Health Allocation Plan:

Florida Department of Education Behavioral Health Assessment:

Florida Department of Education Suicide Prevention:


1311 Balboa Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 767-4100
William V Husfelt III
Superintendent, Bay District Schools
Office of the Superintendent
Holly Buchanan
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