Ms. Donna Wyche has spent over 30 years in the social service field in Florida. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Sociology of the Family and is also a Certified Addiction Professional in the State of Florida. Her career spans over 15 years of clinical and administrative work in the private sector in community mental health and addiction, and 22 years in government. Since 1997 Ms. Wyche has been an employee of Orange County Government and currently works in the Department of Community and Family Services. She is presently the Manager of the Mental Health and Homeless Division.
Her list of accomplishments includes the development and implementation of the Orange County Juvenile Assessment Center, the Central Receiving Center (CRC), in Orlando, and the Phase Two CRC Program, ANCHOR, a transitional housing program for the chronically homeless, struggling with serious mental health and addiction issues. She was also instrumental in bringing resources and services to the homeless on the east side of Orange County with the opening of the Samaritan Resource Center, a drop-in center with supportive services.
Currently under her leadership is the children’s mental health initiative “Wraparound Orange”. She also oversees a new innovative project, the Youth Mental Health Management Network, a recommendation of the Orange County Youth Mental Health Commission.
Immediately following the Pulse Night Club shooting, Ms. Wyche was the Orange County lead in the behavioral response, coordinating services with the Red Cross, the FBI, and other local organizations. She was actively involved in the community’s response with the creation of the Orlando United Assistance Center, which with the collaboration of the City of Orlando, United Way, and other local agencies continues to support individuals and families impacted by this tragedy.
Ms. Wyche has been recognized by the Mental Health Association of Central Florida and the Crisis Intervention Team for her work in the area of mental health and addiction in Central Florida. In 2017, she was recognized by the Federation of Families as the Children’s Champion for children’s mental health.
She continues to work collaboratively to address and transform the system of care for mental health access for children and youth in Orange County and continues to research and develop best practices to alleviate homelessness in Orange County.
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