Governor DeSantis is committed to continuing to support the fight against the national opioid epidemic by working with local partners and families affected by this crisis to ensure the needs of individuals struggling with opioid addiction are met. The Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget recommends $54.8 million in total funding to fight the opioid epidemic in Florida and invests $12.4 million in funding from the State Opioid Response Grant to address the opioid crisis by providing evidence-based prevention, medication-assisted treatment and recovery. The budget provides $8.7 million in funding to the Department of Health through the Overdose Data to Action grant to enhance drug overdose surveillance and to pilot prevention strategies to reduce overdoses.
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse
The Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget provides an additional $17.6 million in funding to support individuals with behavioral health needs. The budget includes $9 million to expand the capacity of Community Action Teams (CAT) for children ages 11- 21 with a mental health and/or substance abuse diagnosis and provide a family centered approach to allow individuals to be served in their community. The budget also includes $2.1 million in new funding for 24 additional forensic community transition beds to increase the capacity to serve individuals in a community-based setting. The budget also includes $4 million to expand telehealth services to children in K-12 public schools in 27 additional counties and makes $2.5 million available for 211 providers based on an increase in capacity to handle call volume and to expand care coordination services.