Florida Asks Federal Government Permission To Allocate Millions To Mental Health Care And Addiction Treatment

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Florida Asks Federal Government Permission To Allocate Millions To Mental Health Care And Addiction Treatment

The state of Florida is asking the federal government to amend a Medicaid waiver and for permission to add community mental health and addiction treatment providers to the list of those who receive funding.

Officials say that the change could result in a $15.7 million boost in funding for facilities that treat individuals with mental health conditions and substance abuse disorders, such as opioid dependence.

Along with the additional funding for mental health care providers, Florida is also asking for permission to reduce the number of days that Medicaid will retroactively cover health care costs before eligibility from 90 days to 30 days.

This amendment would affect non-pregnant persons 21 and over and become effective on July 1.

If the request is approved, Florida is set to save $38 million in general revenue and more than $98 million in federal and state funds.

About The Epidemic

According to the most recent report from Florida medical examiners, in 2016, drug overdoses increased by 2,126 (up 22%) from 2015. Of these, more than 5,700 deaths were related to opioids, and 3,550 were found to have had at least one prescription drug in their system identified as the cause of death.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 64,000 people died in 2016 from overdoses related to drugs or alcohol. Of these, more than 42,000 involved prescription painkillers or illicit opioids. That number is expected to rise again for 2017.

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If you or someone you love is abusing substances, please seek treatment as soon as possible. There are many resources available to help you or your loved one.

Please call us today at 888-380-0667 for a free consultation.

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

References

https://www.fdle.state.fl.us/MEC/Publications-and-Forms/Documents/Drugs-in-Deceased-Persons/2016-Annual-Drug-Report.aspx

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