Special Initiatives

Gabriel Myers Work Group

Member Bio

Michael L. Haney, NCC, LMHC

Dr. Michael L. Haney is the Division Director for Prevention and Interventions in the Florida Department of Health, Children's Medical Services. Programs under Dr. Haney's supervision include Child Protection Teams and Sexual Abuse Treatment Programs, Telehealth and Telemedicine, Poison Control Centers, and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention initiatives.

Dr. Haney has extensive background in child abuse and disaster behavioral and mental health response (28 years), including working for the Florida Department of Children and Family Services as Bureau Chief for Family Safety and Preservation. He has worked in various child and family intervention programs, as a mental health consultant, trainer and hostage negotiator for the Putnam County Sheriff's Department, as a Clinical Supervisor for mental health services, and as an adjunct instructor in general and adolescent psychology at St. Johns River Community College and as an adjunct instructor in the School of Social Work at Florida State University. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Certified Critical Incident Stress Manager, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

He graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.A. in Psychology, received a M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. He holds a doctorate in Psychology from Lacrosse University.

He is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, serving as President, and also serves on the Executive Committee for the Florida Chapter of APSAC, having served as Treasurer. He is a board member and former Chairman of Florida's Taskforce on Children's Justice, has served on the Advisory Board for the National Resource Center for Child Maltreatment, the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative, served as a Department of Health liaison to the Governor's Taskforce on Domestic Violence, serves as the DOH State Child Abuse Death Review Coordinator. In addition, Dr. Haney serves a co-chair of the Florida Department of Health Advisory Committee on Telehealth and as a member of the advisory committee for the Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of South Florida and the Advisory Committee for the School of Public Health at the University of Florida. He serves at the Clinical Director for the Florida Crisis Coalition, which provides behavioral health response to disasters - natural or man-made. Also, he is a member of the Florida Mental Health Counselor's Association, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the American Telemedicine Association, the Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators, the American Public Health Association, and Chi Sigma Iota, an international academic and professional honor society. More recently Dr. Haney was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist's Chief Child Advocate to serve on the Child Abuse Prevention and Permanency Advisory Council. He has co-authored several articles and one book chapter on child abuse.