Here is a link to the Federal Bills that NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and FLMHAC support: https://www.quorum.us/spreadsheet/external/WQymilirtkqgyATOehgR/
Among these bills is the National Suicide Hotline Bill (S 2661/H.R. 4194) which would establish 988 as the national phone number for suicide and other behavioral health crises. The 988 number, approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), if passed and funded, would link to local crisis lines and become effective in July, 2022.
State of Florida
Substance Use and Mental Health Legislation Updates
Some good news! We advocated for the bill called “Substance Abuse and Mental Health” (SB7012), and it passed! Many thanks to the Senate Children, Families, Elders Committee, Senator Lauren Book, Chair and to Senator Rouson who co-sponsored the bill; and to Representative Cyndi Stevenson, whose bill to promote First-Episode Psychosis CSC Programs throughout the state, was merged into SB 7012. The bill, effective 7/1/20, makes several changes to laws relating to suicide prevention and substance abuse and mental health services. Specifically, the bill:
A Children’s Mental Health bill (CS/HB945/SB1440) sponsored by the Health and Human Services Committee; the Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee; and Representatives Silvers and Webb passed, which requires DCF and AHCA to identify children and teens who use crisis stabilization services and to meet their behavioral health needs. The bill requires managing entities and others to develop plans that promote a coordinated system of care for certain services; requires testing of provider network databases maintained by Medicaid-managed care plans; and requires DCF and AHCA to assess quality of care provided in crisis stabilization units.
A bill combatting Homelessness also passed (HB163/SB68), which requires those considered for Rapid Re-Housing be assessed and prioritized by the Continuum of Care’s coordinated entry program. The bill also removes the requirement for the individual or family to have a background check and/or complete rehab. for substance abuse in order to access Housing First services.
The Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust SAIL (State Apartment Incentive Loan) program is funded, but not the SHIP (State Housing Initiatives Partnership) program. We continue to advocate for restoration of all Sadowski funds, so that money is returned to each county to meet affordable-housing needs for many vulnerable populations.