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PB2 Performance Report for the Adult Community Mental Health Subprogram, Report No. 98-52, February 1999
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  • During 1997-98, the Adult Community Mental Health Subprogram was effective at keeping adults with severe and persistent mental illness in the community where less expensive care can be provided. Clients who do not cope well in the community receive more expensive services through state mental institutions, crisis stabilization units, inpatient psychiatric units, jails, or may be homeless. Because of incomplete data reporting, we cannot confidently assess the program's performance for the two other target groups, adults in mental health crisis and adults with forensic involvement.
  • The subprogram needs additional performance measures to provide greater accountability. The subprogram does not have measures linking costs of services to clients served. In addition to measures useful for budget decisions, we recommend changes and additions to the subprogram’s proposed Fiscal Year 1999-2000 measures necessary to evaluate program outcomes.
  • The subprogram's accountability system met OPPAGA's expectations in one of four areas (program purpose and goals). The subprogram's performance measures need some modifications, while the reliability of the subprogram's data and the use of performance information by managers both need improvement.
  • The Secretary of the Department of Children and Families agreed with OPPAGA’s report and described actions that the department is taking to address issues raised in the report. The Secretary’s response is public record and is available upon request.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse Program

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 05-07 Centralizing DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Programs Provides Benefits But Also Challenge, published in February 2005.
  • Report No. 00-13 Justification Review: Mental Health Institutions Program Florida Department of Children and Families, published in October 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. 98-49 PB² Performance Report for the Substance Abuse Subprogram, published in February 1999.
  • Report No. 98-43 PB² Performance Report for the Children's Mental Health Subprogram, published in January 1999.
  • Report No. 98-27 Follow-up Report on Assisted Living Facilities Serving Residents With Severe Mental Illnesses, published in December 1998.
  • Report No. 97-61 Review of the Efficacy of Community-Based Services to Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill Persons, published in  March 1998.

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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