Sheriff Bill Prummell, Chair of the Commission on Mental Health & Substance Abuse, presented details from the Commission's Interim Report to the House Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee on Behavioral Health Day, February 8, 2023. His report included details on the Commission's ten recommendations on improving the state's overall publicly funded behavioral health system.
The ten recommendations, developed by the Commission's four subcommittees on Data Analysis, Business Operations, Criminal Justice and Finance, focus on Data Transparency, Access to Care and Gaps in Service. In brief, the ten recommendations are as follows:
In accordance with Senate Bill 96 passed in 2021, an appointed Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse has been formed to discuss the current status of Florida’s behavioral health system of care and opportunities to further examine the current methods of providing mental health and substance abuse services in the state.
Specifically, the Commission will confer on ways to better improve the effectiveness of current practices, procedures, programs, in providing such services; identify any barriers or deficiencies in the delivery of such services and recommend changes to existing laws, rules and policies.
The Commission is comprised of individuals appointed by the Governor, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House.
Minutes and of the Commission's meetings are available by clicking here.