NO CUTS TO Mental Health AND Substance Abuse FUNDING BUT REINVESTMENT GRANTS ELIMINATED
As you may know, or may not know, in Florida we are one of the worst states for mental health services ranking 47th in spending and 12th when it comes to individuals with serious mental health issues in prison. There’s been a push this month and last month to stop any more spending cuts for mental health services and it seems like there will be no cuts… It’s a HUGE win for Florida Peer Advocates!!! I just received this e-mail:
NO CUTS TO MH AND SA FUNDING BUT REINVESTMENT GRANTS ELIMINATED
After negotiating until 4:00 this morning, the Legislature has agreed to a new budget. There were NO cuts to mental and health and substance abuse treatment services including the special projects. This is particularly amazing given that most other services including nursing homes, hospitals and others took cuts of as much as 6% – 12%.
Unfortunately, the Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment grants were eliminated in the proposal. The House had funded them at full funding of $3 million but the Senate had no funding. The House agreed to the Senate position.
In other bad news, the Department of Children and Families will lose 273 positions overall, plus 222 positions in the civil commitment area and 275 positions in the forensic system.
We are still sorting through the hundreds of pages of language that accompanies the budget and will have additional updates as they come in.
Thanks to all of you for your great advocacy work you made the difference!!
Public Policy Co-Chair