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Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Produced Benefits, Report No. 06-12, February 2006
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The department has restructured the substance abuse and mental health programs to support the centralized organizational structure required by law. The centralized structure created some challenges but has produced several benefits, including improved system outcomes, better service coordination, more streamlined functions, greater use of evidenced-based practice, and enhanced data collection and analysis. Therefore, the current structure and placement of the substance abuse and mental health programs should be continued beyond the October 2006 sunset date.

Some additional changes could further streamline functions and improve system outcomes:

  • consolidating the programs’ budget unit and the program functions of supported employment and supported housing, and
  • designating an entity to convene regular meetings of state agencies involved in the mental health system.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse Program
Department of Children and Families
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-17 Incompetent to Proceed Adjudications Increasing, published in March 2008.
  • Report No. 06-21 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation Made Progress But Needs More Narrow Focus, published in March 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.
  • 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.

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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