2018 Behavioral Health Day
Slate of Bills
NAMI Florida is the state’s largest grassroots organization for individuals and families affected by mental illness. We support the following bills and funding initiatives. We also strongly encourage the Legislature to invest in efforts that increase public awareness around the signs and symptoms of mental illness and ways that Floridians can find help.
- SB 138/HB 937 (Book/Nunez) requiring the state Department of Health to create public service announcements on perinatal mental health; revising postpartum evaluations and care to include a mental health screening and distribution of resources for help.
- SB 1434 (Passidomo) Creating an allocation for Mental Health Assistance Allocation in K-12 schools to provide supplemental funding for school districts to establish awareness programs.
- SB 270/HB 947 (Steube/Payne) requiring children who are Baker Acted to be seen within 8 hours; SB 1790/HB 1377 (Powell/Silvers) creating a task force to study Baker Acting of children.
- Funding of $2.2 million to implement Coordinated Specialty Care treatment programs focusing on youth and young adults ages 15-30 with early serious mental illness (Governor’s proposal).
Veterans and law enforcement
- SB 126/HB 227 (Book/Willhite) requiring worker’s compensation insurance to cover treatment for law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics (first responders) if they have mental or nervous condition arising from a job activity.
- SB 326/HB 179 (Young/Burgess) requiring the Department of Children and Families to establish the Florida Veterans’ Care Coordination Program to provide veterans and their families with behavioral health care referral and care coordination services.
- Funding of $27 million for State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant for medication-assisted treatment and support and prevention services and $15 million to enhance substance abuse service capacity statewide, including increasing outpatient, aftercare, recovery support, residential, and medication-assisted treatment.
- SB 360/HB 229 (Mayfield/Massullo) prohibiting health plans from dropping medications mid-plan year, jeopardizing the health and safety of individuals with mental illness.
- HB 499/SB 154 (Mercado/Stewart) requiring health insurers to provide benefits for care and treatment of mental disorders as they would for physical disorders.
Help for peers
- Increased funding for Assertive Community Treatment and Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) teams in Putnam/St. Johns counties (Governor’s proposal).
- SB 450/HB 1327 (Garcia/Peters) removes barriers for peers to become certified as Certified Peer Recovery Specialists; it also adds families and caregivers to the definition of a CPRS.
- Funding of $9.8 million for Central Receiving Facilities.
- Funding of $2.3 million for Early Episode Psychosis Treatment (Governor’s proposal).
- SB 122/HB 1409 (Brandes/Geller) Requiring the state Department of Corrections to establish an in-prison treatment program for inmates with substance abuse, mental health, or co-occurring disorders.
- SB 960/HB 721 (Baxley/Silvers) ensuring that inmates released from treatment facilities back to jails have continuity of treatment and medication.
- Funding of $2.8 million for three new Forensic Multidisciplinary Teams to help individuals with mental illnesses who are charged with or at risk of being charged with non-violent felony offenses (Governor’s proposal).
- $25 million to address the opioid crisis and $27.1 million in authorization to spend federal State Targeted Response funds (Governor’s proposal).
- $15 million to address substance abuse (Governor’s proposal).
- SB 8/HB 21 (Benacquisto/Boyd) addressing controlled substances, limiting supplies; funding opioid addiction treatment and prevention efforts.