mental health

Universities around the state of Florida are reviewing their budget for the next year and mental health services remain a priority.

Florida Sheriffs Association

Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil says local deputies are committed to strengthening their ability to respond to mental health emergencies. 

Sarah Mueller

Florida’s universities say they need more money to hire additional mental health counselors and law enforcement officers. University officials said they’re seeing a dramatic rise in students needing help coping with anxiety, depression and academic stress.

Florida Channel

What’s ahead legislatively for Florida prison and juvenile justice systems?

Bill Proctor
leoncountyfl.gov

The son of Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor will remain in jail for now. 

Florida Senate

The newest chairman of the committee that looks at children and elder affair issues is outlining some of his top priorities for the 2017 legislative session.

laurenbook.com

Sexual abuse survivor and advocate Lauren Book is not only a newly elected Senator, she’s also taking on a new leadership role.

Florida Channel

Florida prison officials say they’re looking to enhance the mental health treatment of inmates—particularly in the Panhandle. But, they need to hire more than 100 employees to meet that goal. Kim Banks is the Chief Financial Officer for the Florida Department of Corrections.

Healthy Families Florida Facebook page

In the last year, there were nearly 200,000 child abuse, neglect, or abandonment investigations in Florida. One organization aims to help parents and others involved with children not only identify potential risk factors, but also give them the tools to avoid such behaviors.

Pastor Julius McAllister discuss mental health and substance abuse
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Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor is pushing for an assessment of available resources in Leon County to address mental health and substance abuse. The move comes after Proctor’s son was arrested this past weekend on drug charges.

jud11.flcourts.org

Now that the Governor’s signed it, a bill reforming mental health within Florida’s criminal justice system will become law in a few months. Some advocates say it’s been years in the making.

hhs.gov

The federal government says non-Medicaid expansion states could be doing more to help people with substance abuse and mental health disorders. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 300,000 uninsured Floridians with such disorders could be treated if Florida expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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Since the 1970s, the hard on crime ethos has fueled the era of mass incarceration. Simultaneously, the country defunded public mental health services. A ballooning criminal justice system came in to fill that vacuum. Now the Florida Legislature is poised to reform the way mental illness is handled in that system.

MGN Online

A bill reforming mental health within Florida’s criminal justice system is continuing to move in the House and Senate.

Florida Channel

A plan to revamp mental health care in Florida’s criminal justice system passed its first House panel Wednesday.

MGN Online

Florida lawmakers are slated to take up a measure Wednesday reforming mental health care within the state’s criminal justice system.

Florida Senate

Florida lawmakers want to reform the way the state deals with substance abuse and mental health issues. One legislator hopes her recent appointment to an advisory council will help with that effort.

MGN Online

While some are hailing the Governor’s recent pledge to put more money into Florida’s mental health and substance abuse programs, others are calling it “long overdue.”

MGN Online

A pilot program expanding training for Florida law enforcement dealing with people who have mental health issues got thousands of dollars in funding in the state budget.

Florida Channel

Among the more than 40 bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law Thursday is a measure building on past child welfare reforms.

Capital Report: 03-06-2015

Mar 6, 2015

With the ink barely dry on its water policy legislation, the House is already mapping out a plan for land conservation. As Jim Ash reports, Republican leaders began focusing Friday on Amendment 1 and how it fits in to preserving and managing wilderness acres.

Florida lawmakers are looking into reforms related to mental health and substance abuse issues and how it relates to the state’s child welfare system. Sascha Cordner reports.

MGN Online

Could Florida do a better job at helping veterans who have mental health issues? Some experts seem think so, like Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Steve Leifman. He’s the chairman of the Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court.

A bill allowing people to carry guns on college campuses, gun safety, and mental illness are just some of the topics that sparked heated discussion during a Tallahassee forum.

Capital Report: 02-20-2015

Feb 23, 2015

Despite broad opposition on Florida’s campuses, state lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to allow guns on university campuses.  Three months ago today, there was a shooting at Florida State University.  And, as Nick Evans reports, this week the controversial measure began its path through the state senate.

MGN Online

A group of Florida lawmakers is looking into the mental health issues of inmates in the state’s criminal justice system, and some legislation could be in store based on ideas from different law agencies and the courts.

For Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, he says it’s important all law enforcement agencies get some type of training to account for people with mental health issues called Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT training.

“You see, we’ve got 27 Sheriffs offices that aren’t doing CIT at all; I think we need 100 percent,” said Gualtieri.

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