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Intersection: Mental Health Funding

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Belvin Perry Jr. Central Receiving Facility. Photo courtesy of Orlando Memory

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for opioids this year in the sunshine state. That opened up $27 million in federal for opioid addiction.

But that’s not the entire story when it comes to mental health funding in Florida. That boost in money for opioids was more than offset by cuts.

A $20 million federal substance abuse and mental health block grant ran out and wasn’t picked up by the state legislature.

And then the state cut $10 million to what’s known as Central Receiving facilities, which is where law enforcement bring people who are a threat to themselves or others, or people with severe substance abuse issues.

Todd Dixon, spokesman for Aspire Health Partners joins Intersection to discuss mental health funding along with State Rep. Jason Brodeur who sits on the health care appropriations committee and Donna Wyche, Division Manager of  Mental Health and Homeless Issues for Orange County.

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »