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Mental Health

About Our Services

The Mental Health Department at FSDB is committed to providing an integrated, multi-tiered system of support that meets the needs of students.

The Department is also responsible for the implementation of the mental health components as outlined in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act. Our clinical and school psychologists, mental health counselors, clinical social workers and behavior specialists are dedicated to supporting the academic, emotional, physical and behavioral needs of FSDB students.

We work closely with academic and boarding staff members, family members and community personnel to ensure that students have the opportunity to learn, maximize their potential, become college or career ready, and achieve our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success.

"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within."

– Maya Angelou


Mental Health Services

Individual & Group Services

  • Individual Counseling

  • Small Group Counseling

  • Adventure Based Counseling

  • New Students Group

  • Behavior Management

  • Crisis Intervention

Educational Programs

  • Bullying Prevention

  • Child Safety Matters

  • Mental Health Education

  • Safer Smarter Kids!

Evaluation & Coordination

  • Admissions Review Meetings

  • Agency/Family Liaisons

  • Case Management Services

  • Functional Behavior Assessment

  • Homeless Student Services

  • Individual Education Plan Meetings

  • Inservice Training Services

  • Multidisciplinary Staff Meetings

  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Review Meetings

  • Psychological Evaluations

  • Social-Emotional Development Interviews

Staff Training

  • Crisis Prevention & Intervention (CPI)

  • QPR Gatekeeper Training (QPR)

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)


Mental Health Staff

Central Office

Erica Wortherly

Erica N. Wortherly, LCSW-QS

Executive Director

PH: 904-827-2920

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Michelle Wehr

Administrative Assistant

PH: 904-827-2555

VP: 904-201-4508

Clinical & School Psychologists

Dan Binder

Dan Binder, Psy.S.


VP: 904-201-4510

Silke Douglas

Silke Parl Douglas, Psy.D

Blind Department

PH: 904-827-2244

VP: 904-342-1699

Michelle Florio

Michelle Florio, Psy.S.

Deaf Middle School

VP: 904-201-3747

Jeremy Saling

Jeremy Saling, Psy.S

Deaf High School

VP: 904-342-1385

Behavior Specialists

Alesia Milczarski

Alesia Milczarski, M.Ed.


PH: 904-827-2248

VP: 904-201-4486

Christian Rivera

Christian Rivera


PH: 904-827-2809


Fernande Fortun, Ed.D.

Blind Department

PH: 904-827-2805

Mental Health Counselors


Alessandra French, M.A.


PH: 904-827-2525

VP: 904-201-4526

Laura Pamer

Laura Pamer, LMHC

Blind Department

PH: 904-827-2238

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams, LMHC

Deaf High School

PH: 904-827-2514

VP: 904-429-1339

Clinical Social Workers

Jessica Friedman

Jessica Friedman, MSW

Deaf Middle School

PH: 904-827-2842

VP: 904-201-4492

Lucy Mitchell

Lucy Mitchell

Blind Department 

PH: 904-827-2707

Ileana Ruiz

Ileana Ruiz, LCSW

Blind Department (Evening)

PH: 904-827-2810

Dee Stoddard

Dee Stoddard, LCSW

Deaf Department (Evening)

PH: 904-827-2245

VP: 904-342-1103

External Mental Health Resources

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Suicide Prevention

Dial: 988

Online Chat Available: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741


Online Chat Available

VP: 573-303-5604

Text HAND to 839863

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