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Justification Review of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Program, Report No. 99-09, September 1999
 
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The Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Program provides prevention, intervention, and treatment services to reduce the occurrence, severity, and disabling effects of mental health and substance abuse problems. The department is charged with treating program clients with the most appropriate services in the least restrictive setting. The Department of Children and Families contracts for client services with approximately 280 private for-profit and not-for-profit providers that deliver a variety of services, such as residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and case management services. During Fiscal Year 1997-98, the program reported providing services to approximately 351,000 clients.
  • The program is a benefit to Florida taxpayers and should be continued
  • The program should remain within the Department of Children and Families
  • The program is already highly privatized
  • The program is generally effective in achieving its goals
  • Service delivery is not well coordinated for some clients
  • Further improvements needed to the program's accountability system
  • Legislative and department actions needed to expand use of managed care contracts

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse Program

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • 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. 01-34 Progress Report: Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Program Taking Steps to Implement Recommendations, published in July 2001.
  • 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. 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. 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).
e-mail address: oppaga@oppaga.fl.gov


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