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Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Provides Benefits But Also Challenge, Report No. 05-07, February 2005
 
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The recent reorganization of the Department of Children and Families substance abuse and mental health programs from a decentralized to a centralized structure provides several benefits, including
  • greater program visibility;
  • greater coordination within and between the substance abuse and mental health programs;
  • faster decision making;
  • increased standardization of policies and practices;
  • enhanced oversight and accountability for facilities, personnel, and contracting.

To fulfill their new responsibilities, central office program managers need to improve communication so that other programs outside of the department are aware of the new structure, and familiarize themselves with local operational and service delivery issues. District program supervisors need to maintain close working relationships with other programs inside and outside the department.

The substance abuse and mental health programs may experience further changes if the department makes them part of the zone structure.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse Program

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-17 Incompetent to Proceed Adjudications Increasing, published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 08-10 The Delays in Screening Sexually Violent Predators Increase Costs; Treatment Facility Security Enhanced, published in February 2008.
  • Report No. 06-21 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation Made Progress But Needs More Narrow Focus, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-12 Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Produced Benefits, published in February 2006.
  • Report No. 05-39 OPPAGA Report: Disabilities Groups Should Improve Coordination, But Duplication of Activities Appears to Be Low, published in July 2005.
  • 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. 03-03 Special Review: Residential Mental Health Assessment Process Working Well with Minor Delays, published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 02-54 Progress Report: Delays Reduced But Persist in the State’s Juvenile Competency Program, published in October 2002.
  • Report No. 02-46 Progress Report: Mental Health Institutions Program Acted on Three OPPAGA Recommendations, published in September 2002.
  • Report No. 01-34 Progress Report: Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Program Taking Steps to Implement Recommendations, published in July 2001.
  • Report No. 00-27 Justification Review: 72% of Youths Restored to Competency, Able to Move to Delinquency Proceedings, published in December 2000.
  • Report No. 00-13 Justification Review: Mental Health Institutions Program Florida Department of Children and Families, published in October 2000.
  • Report No. 00-12 Special Review: Effectiveness and Monitoring of Martin Treatment Center for Sexually Violent Predators, published in September 2000.
  • Report No. 99-58 The Escape from Martin Treatment Center for Sexually Violent Predators, published in June 2000.
  • Report No. 99-36 The Sexually Violent Predator Program's Assessment Process Continues to Evolve, published in February 2000.
  • Report No. 99-23 Measures Commentary: Department of Children and Families Mental Health Institutions Program Proposed Performance Measures for Fiscal Year 2000-01, published in January 2000.
  • Report No. 99-22 Measures Commentary: Department of Children and Families Adult Community Mental Health Proposed Performance Measures for Fiscal Year 2000-01, published in January 2000.
  • Report No. 99-09 Justification Review of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Program, published in September 1999.
  • Report No. 98-52 PB² Performance Report for the Adult Community Mental Health Subprogram, published in February 1999.
  • Report No. 98-49 PB² Performance Report for the Substance Abuse Subprogram, published in February 1999.
  • Report No. 97-61 Review of the Efficacy of Community-Based Services to Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill Persons, published in March 1998.

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