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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation Has Not Addressed Its Responsibilities Fully, Report No. 05-17, March 2005
 
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  •  The Legislature created the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation in 2003 to oversee the publicly funded substance abuse and mental health systems.  In 2004, the corporation focused on its legislative directive to review Medicaid’s transition to managed behavioral health care and worked primarily with DCF and AHCA. 
  • The corporation has not worked closely with other state agencies involved with the substance abuse and mental health systems to address its other eight statutory responsibilities.  Of these, the corporation has addressed one fully, partially addressed three, and has not addressed four.  To fully meet its responsibilities, the corporation should complete required memoranda of agreement with state agencies and analyze data and develop processes to improve the coordination, quality, and efficiency of the state’s substance abuse and mental health programs.
  • The corporation is scheduled to sunset on October 1, 2006, unless reenacted by the Legislature.  While the corporation’s work during 2004 evinces useful beginning steps, it will be difficult to justify its continuing existence unless it more fully addresses its statutory responsibilities.

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. 05-07 Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Provides Benefits But Also Challenge, published in February 2005.
  • Report No. 03-03 Special Review: Residential Mental Health Assessment Process Working Well with Minor Delays, published in January 2003.
  • 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. 99-09 Justification Review of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Program, published in September 1999.

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