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For Immediate Release:
July 10, 2014
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Jamil Rivers

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss sponsors legislation to create the Grief Counseling Community Program to help residents impacted by violence

(MIAMI, FL) - The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners recently passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Dennis C. Moss creating the Grief Counseling Community Program. Working in coordination with the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board, this program will identify licensed social workers and licensed mental health professionals employed by Miami-Dade County and provide them with the training necessary to respond to high-crime locations that are dealing with the trauma of a murder. 

The Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board proactively works with the community to identify and relieve intergroup conflicts.  The Grief Counseling Community Program will serve as an additional tool for the Community Relations Board to assure that resources are in place to respond to a community crisis.  “Every murder has a tremendous impact, especially on the children,” said Commissioner Moss.  “We must do what we can, using the experience that we have, to help people cope with the trauma of losing a family member to violence.”

School systems throughout the country have programs that provide grief counseling whenever a tragedy impacts their schools.  Miami-Dade County currently employs licensed social workers and mental health professionals across different county departments. This resolution will begin the process of organizing members of Miami-Dade County’s social service personnel to volunteer as goodwill ambassadors for this program.