Florida Council for Community Mental Health – Budget Update
Florida Council for Community Mental Health
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The House and Senate finally addressed the Health and Human Services appropriations issues with good news for mental health and substance abuse providers and advocates. With much late night deliberations the conference committee met this morning around 9:00 a.m. and announced that there were no cuts to mental health or substance abuse community funding.
Below are as much of the details as can be determined at this time:
Childrens Mental Health- fully funded with $3,584,380 shifted to non-recurring
Baker Act – fully funded
IDP – fully funded
Adult Community Mental Health – fully funded but approximately $27 million of recurring general revenue shifted to non-recurring. (This was after last years non-recurring was fully restored.)
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Projects: $15,682,018 – fully funded with recurring general revenue (Includes $489,000 of new project funding).
Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse fully funded with $6,960,000 shifted to non-recurring
Adult Substance Abuse – fully funded with $8,140,000 shifted to non-recurring
Criminal Justice Grants: $3,000,000 funded
Forensic Hospitals: Reduction of 82 Forensic beds and a 7% ($14,501,589) reduction
Civil Hospitals: 10% reduction in civil hospitals ($9,371,569)
Sexual Predators Program: ($2,000,000) reduction
DCF Administration: ($20,348,951)/273 FTE reduction
Mental Health Administration: ($3,149,690)/47 FTE reduction
Substance Abuse Administration: ($2,108,482)/32 FTE reduction
Other areas of HHS:
Medically Needy and Meds Ad: Fully funded
Hospitals: 12% Medicaid rate reduction
Childrens Hospitals: 4% Medicaid rate reduction
Nursing Homes: 6.5% Medicaid rate reduction
Developmental Disabilities: 4% rate reduction 2011 deficit funded at $54 million
Regulatory Relief: The Councils regulatory relief bills (SB 1366 and HB 959) moved closer to passage. The House took up SB 1366 on the Floor today and moved it to 3rd Reading. It is anticipated the SB 1366 will pass tomorrow and sent to the Governor.
Medicaid Reform: There is no information regarding whether the legislature will attempt Reform this session; however both the House Bill and the Senate Bill are on the Senate calendar and technically could be taken up at any time.
The Appropriations Bill is in the process of being printed. Once everything is typed into the bill the bill will be electronically emailed to all legislators. Once the bill hits the desk the 72 hour countdown to Sine Die will begin. The bill will include proviso however there are several conforming bills that also impact state spending. The conforming bills do not have to sit for 72 hours and can be amended until the end. Once we have a copy of the Appropriations Bill we will provide your more detail.