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About the Planning Council

The majority of members of the planning council are consumers of mental health or co-occurring disorders services, or their family members, and most have had direct experience with a variety of state services. Members embrace hope as a key principal and believe that recovery, with the correct treatment and supports, is possible for everyone. They also believe that systems should be designed so individuals and families can build resiliency, which is the strength needed to weather the difficult moments in life.

One of the Council's primary tasks is reviewing and commenting on the annual Federal Block Grant application; however, through consultation with nationally renowned experts the Council is actively working to promote the development of a recovery-based system operational throughout Florida.

A primary focus of both the Council and the Department of Children and Families, is the successful integration of substance abuse services representation onto the Council. This parallels the national focus and reflects the combined application for federal block grant funding submitted by the department during the last funding cycle. To further reflect this change the Council will soon officially amend our name to State Substance Abuse and Mental Health Planning Council of Florida. Please look for upcoming changes and enhancements to our official website in the coming months.

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For More Information, Contact:
Substance Abuse & Mental Health
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
Phone: (850) 487-2920

Under Federal law, states receiving block grants to implement State Plans for Comprehensive Community Mental Health will establish and maintain a State Mental Health Planning Council. This Council's duties, defined by law, are to review state plans and provide recommendations, to advocate for individuals of all ages with mental illnesses or emotional problems, and to evaluate the allocation and adequacy of mental health services within the state.

Sections 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914 (actual establishment paragraph) and 1915, STATE MENTAL HEALTH PLANNING COUNCIL, State Plan for Comprehensive Community Mental Health for certain individuals under Title II - BLOCK GRANTS TO STATES REGARDING MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE - SECTION 201; ESTABLISHMENT OF SEPARATE BLOCK GRANTS REGARDING MENTAL HEALTH, Part B of Title XIX of the Public Health Service Act (42) United States Code 300x et seq. as amended, also described as Public Law 102-321, the ADAMHA Reorganization Act as amended.

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