12/21/2017: Tommy Hazouri; Mental Health Training; Holiday ID Theft

Dec 22, 2017

City Councilman Tommy Hazouri was Melissa Ross' guest Thursday on First Coast Connect.
Credit Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri on the issues that affected Jacksonville and City Hall this year (00:52).

Terri Andrews, administrator for Baptist Behavioral Health, and registered nurse Carol Whitefield talked about a initiative to train over 10,000 residents in three years in mental health first aid (35:23).    

Local attorney John Phillips talked about how to avoid identity theft during the holidays (46:00). 

Tommy Hazouri

Councilman Hazouri discussed many issues and some that are on the radar for 2018 including the city council approving and expanding the Jacksonville’s human rights ordinance to protect the LBGT community. The city also approved a pension reform plan and is looking ahead to issues like the possible privatization of JEA.    

Mental Health Training  

Earlier this year Baptist Health, the Mayo Clinic, Brooks Rehabilitation, St. Vincents and UF Health Jacksonville launched an initiative to train at least 10,000 people to learn the warning signs of mental illness and know how to act accordingly. So far they are ahead of schedule with nearly 3.400 people trained in ten months.     

Holiday ID Theft

Online shopping will generate about $50 billion in sales this year but identity theft tends to rise during the holiday season. Phillips said there are some easy ways to make sure no one steals your personal information if you like to shop on the Internet.

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at kmeerschaert@wjct.org, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.