Webinar: A Behavior Health Access Program That Works

Recorded On: 07/21/2022

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Join us to learn about a successful program that addresses the mental well-being needs of the workforce. This type of program is greatly needed but often thought to be beyond the reach of most employers. It's time to get serious about removing the barriers for mental health support at work and finally remove the stigma surrounding treatment.

The City of Coral Springs, Florida is making a positive impact through their Behavioral Health Access Program (BHAP) that offers HR multiple in-house resources such as peer support, chaplain support, and a clinician response team. This model provides new options to support and engage employees on a meaningful mental well-being journey. After several years of successful pro-active support for public safety departments, the BHAP program is now being leveraged across all city departments.

Speakers:

Dale Pazdra
Deputy City Manager
City of Coral Springs

Christopher Bator
Division Chief
City of Coral Springs

Susan “Sue” Knight
Community Relations Manager
City of Coral Springs

Kathy Reul
Director of Human Resources
City of Coral Springs

(For National IPMA-HR Members Only)

Dale Pazdra

Director of Human Resources, City of Coral Springs, Florida

City of Coral Springs

Dale Pazdra is the Deputy City Manager of People, Culture and Wellness. He is responsible for Human Resources, Office of the City Clerk, Employee Safety, Health & Wellness, Parks and Recreation, Coral Springs Museum of Art and has oversight of the city’s Center for the Arts. Pazdra joined the city’s management team in 2006, was promoted to Director of Human Resources in 2011, accepted an expanded role as Assistant City Manager in 2021 and was recently promoted to Deputy City Manager in May of 2022.

Originally from the Chicago land area, Pazdra relocated to Florida in 1992. Prior to joining the city, he worked in the private sector for more than 15 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience in all facets of Human Resources operations with an emphasis on leadership, strategic planning and organization development.  He has successfully led multiple cross-functional teams and quality initiatives to improve the delivery of HR services.  During his career, he has established best practices for employee engagement and retention. Pazdra has a heart for service and demonstrates his commitment to our community and the HR profession by serving on multiple boards and committees.  In 2013 he was appointed trustee for the Firefighters’ Pension Board and previously served as trustee for the General Employee Pension Board.  He is also a member of the City’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, the Florida Institute of Government (FIOG) Advisory Board and the School of Public Administration (SPA) Advisory Board at Florida Atlantic University.  Additionally, he has served in multiple leadership roles with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) South Florida Chapter, serving as President for four years and most recently as Director of Professional Development.   

On a part-time basis, Pazdra serves as an adjunct professor at Barry University promoting careers in public service by teaching a variety of undergraduate courses in Public Administration and Human Resources.  

Pazdra graduated from Barry University with a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) in 2010 and Elmhurst University with a Bachelor of Science (Business Management) degree in 1990.

Christopher Bator (Moderator)

Division Chief

City of Coral Springs

Division Chief Christopher Bator began his career in 1996 as a Firefighter Paramedic with the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Dept and in that time has risen to the rank of Division Chief assigned to the Safety and Health Division and charged with overseeing the Safety, Health and Wellness for all city of Coral Springs employees. Chief Bator also serves as a Safety Officer, Instructor, and Chair of the Safety and Health Committee for the City of Coral Springs.  Chief Bator has a AS degree in EMS and is a State of Florida Certified Paramedic, Live Fire Instructor, Instructor 2, Fire Officer 3, and Safety Officer. Chief Bator also received his Fire Officer Designation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Safety Program Operations and in his second year of the National Fire Academy's Managing Officer Program. Chief Bator is also the recipient of Fire Officer of the Year in 2016 by the Broward County Fire Chiefs Association and Excellence Award by the City of Coral Springs in 2017.

Chief Bator is the President and co-founder of the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative (FFSHC) a non-profit organization committed to bringing Florida’s Fire Service and Firefighter Safety and Health advocates together throughout the State to work together for the Safety and Health of Florida’s Firefighters. The FFSHC provides, training, education, communication, networking and sharing of resources to enhance Fire Department Safety and Health programs to reduce the risk of injury or exposure to Florida's Firefighters.

Chief Bator and the team from the FFSHC were highlighted on Ret. Captain Jeff Dills Fire Engineering Radio show, National Safety Stand Down www.safetyandhealthweek.com , Chief Billy Goldfeders www.firefighterclosecalls.com , and published articles in Florida Fire Service Magazine Nov 2016 edition, June 2017 eFire Engineering edition highlighting the Collaborative effort on both Firefighter Cancer & Safety Stand Down, article in June 2018 edition of Fire Engineering Magazine on Collaborating for Firefighter Safety and Health and Dec 2018 of Fire Engineering Magazine on the Clean Cab Concept.

Speaking engagements include Fire Rescue East Conference, Florida Fire Chiefs Executive Planning Conference, Center of Public Safety Excellence Conference, Florida Fire Chiefs Health and Safety Conference, Sylvestor Cancer Center Firefighter Cancer Initiative at the University of Miami, EMS World, Pierce Annual Sales Conference, State of Florida Mental Health Symposium, Fire Rescue International, FEMSA/FAMA Conference, Orange County Fire Authority Behavioral Health Conference, TEEX Leadership Symposium and Virginia Fire Rescue Conference.

The FFSHC is the recipient of the Congressional Fire Service Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award 2019 and is the recipient of Broward County Fire Chiefs Association Mike Murphy Innovator of the Year award 2019.

Susan Knight (Moderator)

Community Relations Manager

City of Coral Springs

Sue joined the City of Coral Springs in 1989 as a Park Ranger with the Parks and Recreation Department.  She went on to hold various other positions within Parks and Recreation to include Community Pool Manager, Teen Center Manager and Senior Bus Coordinator to name a few.  In 2019, Sue secured a position with the Human Resources Department in the Community Relations division overseeing multi-cultural events and programs.  In 2021, the City developed and implemented the Behavioral Health Access Program (BHAP) for general employees.  Sue has been a part of this groundbreaking program and responsible for overseeing the Peer Support Team due to her knowledge and passion for mental health wellness.

 Sue graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling (MEd) in 2010 and Western Carolina University with a double major earning a Bachelor of Science (Physical Education) degree and Parks & Recreation Management degree in 1986. 

Kathy Reul

Director of Human Resources

City of Coral Springs

Sue joined the City of Coral Springs in 1989 as a Park Ranger with the Parks and Recreation Department.  She went on to hold various other positions within Parks and Recreation to include Community Pool Manager, Teen Center Manager and Senior Bus Coordinator to name a few.  In 2019, Sue secured a position with the Human Resources Department in the Community Relations division overseeing multi-cultural events and programs.  In 2021, the City developed and implemented the Behavioral Health Access Program (BHAP) for general employees.  Sue has been a part of this groundbreaking program and responsible for overseeing the Peer Support Team due to her knowledge and passion for mental health wellness.

 Sue graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling (MEd) in 2010 and Western Carolina University with a double major earning a Bachelor of Science (Physical Education) degree and Parks & Recreation Management degree in 1986. 

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Webinar: A Behavior Health Access Program That Works
07/21/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
07/21/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Join us to learn about a successful program that addresses the mental well-being needs of the workforce. This type of program is greatly needed but often thought to be beyond the reach of most employers. It's time to get serious about removing the barriers for mental health support at work and finally remove the stigma surrounding treatment. The City of Coral Springs, Florida is making a positive impact through their Behavioral Health Access Program (BHAP) that offers HR multiple in-house resources such as peer support, chaplain support, and a clinician response team. This model provides new options to support and engage employees on a meaningful mental well-being journey. After several years of successful pro-active support for public safety departments, the BHAP program is now being leveraged across all city departments.
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