Gov. Rick Scott on Monday announced that he will ask for more than $19 million in his state budget proposal to address mental health and substance abuse in the state, his first announcement for next year's budget.
The money is intended to fund proposals to expand mental health care services across the state, which Scott laid out in an executive order in June that said "state funding for mental healthcare is too fragmented."
"It is critical that we do all we can to help individuals and families affected by mental illness and substance abuse in our state," Scott said in a written statement Monday.
Lapses in mental health care access has been targeted recently in reports by the Miami Herald and other news organizations about the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Corrections.
Scott's budget will include:
* $12.8 million for Community Behavioral Health Services that aim to help people with mental health needs without resorting to incarceration and to help mentally ill inmates rejoin the community.
* $3.7 million to create five Community Action Treatment teams to treat youth with unmet mental health needs.
* $2.8 million to expand Family Intensive Treatment teams in counties where abuse and neglect is rampant and closely tied to substance abuse.