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Progress Report: Mental Health Institutions Program Acted on Three OPPAGA Recommendations, Report No. 02-46, September 2002
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In response to our 2000 report, the Department of Children and Families’ Mental Health Institutions Program has acted to implement our recommendations. The department has
  • expanded community-based services for clients in civil institutions and placed clients in more appropriate settings;
  • increased forensic bed capacity; and
  • established priorities for forensic facility capital improvement projects.
However, the lack of specific community forensic service funds has limited the department’s ability to divert individuals from incarceration and commitment to a forensic hospital. Forensic admissions continue to increase and outpace the department’s ability to admit individuals within the statutorily required time frame of 15 days.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 00-13 Justification Review: Mental Health Institutions Program Florida Department of Children and Families, published in October 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Mental Health Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-17 Incompetent to Proceed Adjudications Increasing, published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 06-12 Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Produced Benefits, published in February 2006.
  • Report No. 05-17 OPPAGA Report: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation Has Not Addressed Its Responsibilities Fully, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 05-07 Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Provides Benefits But Also Challenge, published in February 2005.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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