Human Services Program Manager
Florida Department of Health in Putnam County
Joanne O’Neil is the Program Manager for the Violence Intervention and Prevention Program at the Florida Department of Health in Putnam County. This grant funded program provides essential services to survivors of crime and abuse. The Violence Intervention and Prevention Program also serves as the Certified Sexual Violence Center for Putnam County. Joanne and her dedicated team of highly trained advocates and therapists provide crisis intervention; therapy; support groups; civil and criminal justice and social services advocacy; information and referral; and crimes compensation services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and other violence crimes. The program offers 24/7 emergency response for victims of sexual violence and operates a 24-hour sexual violence hotline as well. In addition to direct services, Joanne and the team facilitate the county’s inter-agency Sexual Assault Response Team, organize community outreach events and provide training to professionals and the community on issues of victimization. The Violence Intervention and Prevention Program enjoys a solid reputation for the quality of services provided to survivors and the strength of the community partnerships it maintains.
Joanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and state approved Clinical Supervisor for the social work profession. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Central Florida and an undergraduate degree in Special Education from Norfolk State University in Virginia. In addition, Joanne pursued advanced training in trauma therapies and achieved certification as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist in 2010. Before coming to the Department of Health she was employed as an educational therapist with the Bermuda Hospitals Board. Joanne has been employed at the Department of Health in Putnam County for twenty-two years.
Thursday, July 11
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM