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Florida health leaders spur discussions on behavioral health reform, value-based care

| Feb 25, 2022 | Federal, Florida

Four insightful health care leaders offered an on-the-ground look at Florida's health care system at our 2022 Federal State of Reform Health Policy Conference earlier this month. Highly-discussed topics included behavioral health, community-based care, and moving towards value-based payment models.  Joining the conversation was Beth Kidder, managing principal at Health...[ Read More ]

Florida bill ensuring behavioral health care across state lines moves forward

| Feb 8, 2022 | Florida

Florida is one step closer to joining the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), which would allow residents to continue receiving behavioral health care from their provider via telehealth, even across state lines. Legislators discussed the benefits of House Bill 953, sponsored by Rep. Christine Hunschofsky (D - Broward) at the House...[ Read More ]

$30 million SAMHSA grant could boost Florida’s harm reduction programs

| Dec 14, 2021 | Florida

A first-of-its-kind grant program under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will provide nearly $30 million over three years to support community-based harm reduction services at the state, local, and tribal government levels.      Nationwide overdose deaths reached over 100,000 during a 12-month period for the...[ Read More ]

Florida overdose response programs receive $4.3 million from SAMHSA

| Sep 20, 2021 | Florida

The latest round of funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will distribute approximately $4.3 million across eight organizations in Florida. SAMHSA awarded a total of $123 million nationally, divided into six types of grant programs to provide communities and health providers with “multifaceted support."  ...[ Read More ]

Experts discuss where Florida stands on substance use and behavioral health services

| Aug 27, 2021 | Florida

The intersection between behavioral health, substance use, and public policy has become a regular topic in Florida health care discussions as well as nationwide. State of Reform spoke with members from the Florida Mental Health Advocacy Coalition (FLMHAC) and the Volusia Recovery Alliance, both on the NAMI Florida Board of...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Erica Floyd-Thomas on suicide prevention and behavioral health in Florida

| Jul 28, 2021 | Florida

Erica Floyd-Thomas is the assistant secretary for substance abuse and mental health at the Florida Department of Children and Families. Thomas’ work encompasses everything from supporting community-based behavioral health services, to operating state mental hospitals, to overseeing mobile response teams for crisis stabilization. In Thomas’ words:  “If you can think...[ Read More ]