Q&A: Erica Floyd-Thomas on suicide prevention and behavioral health in Florida
Nicole Pasia | Jul 28, 2021 | Florida
While DJ is out trying to get in a well-deserved vacation, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in Florida and a number of other states.
The Florida First Responders Suicide Deterrence Task Force -- with representatives from five first responder organizations, behavioral health professionals and representatives from the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention (SOSP) and Florida Division of Emergency Management -- discussed action items and recommendations for stakeholders at its June meeting. The task force
July marks the elimination of several Medicaid measures that provided flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, the Agency for Health Care Administration posted a series of announcements detailing the reversal of policies that lifted authorization requirements and other barriers to care. The agency reasoned the state is
As search and rescue efforts in the Champlain Towers collapse in Surfside, Florida reach one week, state leaders have launched a platform to provide emotional support and assistance for those affected by the disaster. SurfsideStrength.com is a joint effort from federal, state, and local municipalities. The platform provides a directory
Over the course of the pandemic, higher levels of social isolation have taken a toll on Floridians’ behavioral health. In 2020, non-fatal opioid overdoses increased by 40 percent compared to 2019, according to the Florida Dept. of Health. However, some experts say the state overdose death rate increased as much
The well-being of Florida children living in poverty and those with unemployed parents improved prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the state ranked 35th overall in the nation for child well-being. A report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation measured child well-being with 16 indicators across four categories: economic well-being,