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Disabilities Groups Should Improve Coordination, But Duplication of Activities Appears to Be Low, Report No. 05-39, July 2005
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  • Florida has many statewide entities that address the interests of persons with disabilities.  These entities provide indirect services to persons with disabilities, such as reviewing, investigating, and monitoring the services that are provided by state programs; supporting legislation, programs, and policies; providing legal assistance to program clients; and promoting public awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities.  Sixteen of these entities received $5.9 million in state funding in Fiscal Year 2003-04. 
  • Although the missions of some of the entities are similar, duplication of activities among the entities appears to be low.  Some coordination among the entities is occurring, but efforts to improve coordination are impeded by the large number of entities providing indirect services and a lack of awareness of specific disabilities.  To improve coordination, this report provides a directory of the groups.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Agency for Persons with Disabilities
Disability Determination
Medicaid Health Care Services
Vocational Rehabilitation
Blind Services
Mental Health Services
Children's Medical Services (CMS)
Adult Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-34 The Business Enterprise Program Has Improved Vendor Contract Opportunities, Training, Support, and Monitoring, published in May 2008.
  • Report No. 06-73 Business Enterprise Program Needs to Modify Enterprises and Improve Vendor Training, Support, and Monitoring, published in December 2006.
  • Report No. 06-54 APD Waiting List Should Be Improved for Agency’s Planning and Budgeting Purposes,  published in July 2006.
  • Report No. 06-33 Several Factors Likely Contributed to APD Funding Surplus in Fiscal Year 2004-05, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-17 MAXIMUS’s Prior Service Authorization Process Meets Contract Requirements, But Improvements Are Needed, published in February 2006.
  • Report No. 05-17 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation Has Not Addressed Its Responsibilities Fully, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 05-14 OPPAGA Report: Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s Performance Has Been Mixed Since the Abolishment of Occupational Access and Opportunity Commission, 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.
  • Report No. 05-03 Continuing Certain Medicaid Options Will Increase Costs, But Benefit Recipients and the State, published in January 2005.
  • Report No. 04-77 Progress Report: AHCA Takes Steps to Improve Medicaid Program Integrity, But Further Actions Are Needed, published in November 2004.
  • Report No. 04-35 Progress Report: Children’s Medical Services Working to Expand Privatization and Reduce Administrative Inefficiencies, published in May 2004.
  • Report No. 03-51 Progress Report: Agency Implements Recommendations to Improve Vocational Rehabilitation Services, published in September 2003.
  • Report No. 03-50 Progress Report: Blind Babies Program Improves Several Primary Functions, But Monitoring Is Still Weak, published in September 2003.
  • Report No. 03-48 Progress Report: Developmental Disabilities Program Takes Action on Some Recommendations; Still Needs to Address Service Issues to Better Meet Its Client Needs, published in September 2003.
  • Report No. 03-08 Progress Report: Improvements Needed in the Department of Children and Families Adult Services Program, published in January 2003.
  • Report No. 02-04 Special Report: Children’s Medical Services Privatization Is Feasible; Could Save Over $18 Million, But Barriers Must Be Overcome, published in January 2002.
  • Report No. 01-42 Special Review: Blind Babies Program Not Effectively Implemented; Continued Funding by State Cannot Be Justified, published in September 2001.

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