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Advocates for excellence in Behavioral Health Services

The State Mental Health Planning Council of Florida supports the following goals which are in line with the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Report of 2003: Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America. In creating that commission, President Bush declared, "Our country must make a commitment. Americans with mental illness deserve our understanding and they deserve excellent care." He charged the Commission to study the mental health service delivery system and to make recommendations that would enable adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbance to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities.

In response to the President's Commission report we believe in:

• A seamless system of care that is comprehensive, person-centered, community-based and that follows the individual through each step of recovery.
• Standards of measurement and quality of care for services that are evidenced based or are promising best practices.
• Community supports that enable functioning outside of inpatient residential institutions and in a person's own community.
• Reduced rates of hospitalization.
• Integrated services for the multiple needs of children and their families and streamlined transition from adolescent to adult systems of care.
• Unrestricted access to medications through Medicaid.
• Efficient, best practice expenditures of community funds.
• Effective and Best Practice treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues as well as fully integrated treatment for persons with co-occurring issues.
• Adoption and financial support of Crisis Intervention Team training for law enforcement.
• Alternative housing opportunities for persons with persistent behavioral health disorders.

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