The Florida MMH Collaborative is group of stakeholders throughout the state of Florida dedicated to achieving our Vision, Mission and Goals.

Founded in 2017 by Lauren DePaola, LCSW and Heather Flynn, PhD., the Florida MMH Collaborative is a 501c3 non-profit.  We engage leaders of organizations around the state within a steering committee and larger numbers of professionals, advocates and families throughout the state via work groups and general membership.

We hope to assist PROVIDERS in finding resources and education and help Moms and Dads FIND HELP in their communities.


Our Vision

Every woman in Florida and her family will receive the help and support they need for optimal maternal mental health and well-being. 

Our Mission

The Florida Maternal Mental Health (MMH) Collaborative brings together statewide partners to close the critical gaps in perinatal mental health education, policy, prevention, treatment, and outcomes for women and their families. 

Our Goals

  1. To increase statewide awareness of perinatal mental health as an underserved medical issue and to eliminate stigma surrounding mental health.

  2. To improve statewide capacity to treat perinatal mental health and substance abuse with accessible and evidence-based treatments, and to improve payment for services, coordination of care among health and service professionals.

  3. To ensure that an array of health professionals have the education and training to effectively screen, treat, and manage perinatal mental health conditions.

  4. To advocate for improved maternal mental health and substance abuse outcomes at the policy and individual level

  5. To target efforts specifically for vulnerable groups of women and families (e.g., Medicaid, low income) to ensure that women and their families receive culturally tailored support and resources to address holistic and psychosocial needs. 



Get engaged with our work as we strive to achieve our goals.  

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Amandla Shabaka-Haynes

Dr. Amandla Shabaka-Haynes, M.D. is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. She received her B.S. in Biology/Pre-medicine at Xavier University of Louisiana and completed her medical training at the Latin American School of Medicine. She currently serves as Program Manager for pediatric and perinatal behavioral health programs at the Florida State University College of Medicine Center for Behavioral Health Integration. Dr. Haynes has previously served as board member for Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition; Women's Health Liaison and Outreach Specialist at a local Federally Qualified Health Center. She is also a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist.

Dr. Haynes is an advocate for the BIPOC birth community, supporting efforts to improve birth outcomes and reduce health inequities. In her volunteer roles, she serves as chair of the Awareness Workgroup of the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, Advisor for the Sister Friends Tallahassee Birthing Project, and Women’s Health Educator for the Melanin Mothers Meet Postpartum Support Program. At her core, Dr. Haynes is a mother, mentor, an active local and international community member, a bilingual health educator, and a lover of food and culture.