GOVERNOR’s 2013 BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS
The Governor released his 2013-2014 budget recommendations of $74.2 billion. As he did last year,
the governor recommended a $1.25 billion increase to fund K-12 education. He emphasized his
intent to eliminate barriers while creating new jobs by cutting business taxes. He also emphasized
his priority to improve education and keep the cost of living in Florida low.
The Governor’s $1.3 billion mental health funding maintains current levels only. The $198.7 million
budget recommendation for substance abuse is a maintenance budget as well. His recommendations
for mental health and substance abuse funding include the restoration of non-recurring general revenue
as requested by DCF and all projects funded last year and also requested to be funded by DCF
in their 2013-14 LBR. (See below)
Restoration of General Revenue
Criminal Justice Grant $ 3,000,000
New Horizon Treasure Coast $ 500,000
Bay Count FACT Team $ 680,000
Bob Janes Triage Center $ 250,000
Annualization of Forensic Community Beds $ 1,589,940
Apalachee $ 706,640
MHC $ 883,300
Bay County FACT Team $ 574,354
Pasco Drug Project $ 1,000,000
Project Warm $ 1,000,000
Recovery House $ 1,560,000
Regarding Affordable Health Care the Governor’s budget only addresses funding for all mandatory portions
of the law. The budget includes $116.1 million new revenue for Medicaid to fund the currently eligible portions
of the law who are not already enrolled. Similar to other states, his recommendations assumes 30% of this
population will enroll in the first year.
There is a $9.1 million cut to county health departments with an assumption that this will be made up by efficiencies.
Funding is included to increase hospital reimbursement rates by 2%.
The Florida Families First Budget highlights are available HERE.
The Florida Families First Budget FAQ is available HERE.
The Florida Families First Budget prepared remarks by Governor Scott are available HERE.
The full Florida Families First Budget is available HERE.
Judi Evans, Executive Director
NAMI Florida, Inc