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The 2009 Florida Statutes

Title XXIX
Chapter 394
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Section 394.908, Florida Statutes 2009

394.908  Substance abuse and mental health funding equity; distribution of appropriations.--In recognition of the historical inequity in the funding of substance abuse and mental health services for the department's districts and regions and to rectify this inequity and provide for equitable funding in the future throughout the state, the following funding process shall be used:

(1)  Funding thresholds for substance abuse and mental health services in each of the current districts, statewide, shall be established based on the current number of individuals in need per district of substance abuse and mental health services, respectively.

(2)  "Individuals in need" means those persons who fit the profile of the respective priority populations and require mental health or substance abuse services.

(3)(a)  Any additional funding beyond the 2005-2006 fiscal year base appropriation for alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health services shall be allocated to districts for substance abuse and mental health services based on:

1.  Epidemiological estimates of disabilities that apply to the respective priority populations.

2.  A pro rata share distribution that ensures districts below the statewide average funding level per individual in each priority population of "individuals in need" receive funding necessary to achieve equity.

1(b)  Notwithstanding paragraph (a) and for the 2009-2010 fiscal year only, funds appropriated for forensic mental health treatment services shall be allocated to the areas of the state having the greatest demand for services and treatment capacity. This paragraph expires July 1, 2010.

1(c)  Notwithstanding paragraph (a) and for the 2009-2010 fiscal year only, additional funds appropriated for substance abuse and mental health services from funds available through the Community-Based Medicaid Administrative Claiming Program shall be allocated as provided in the 2009-2010 General Appropriations Act and in proportion to contributed provider earnings. This paragraph expires July 1, 2010.

(4)  Priority populations for individuals in need shall be displayed for each district and distributed concurrently with the approved operating budget. The display by priority population shall show: The annual number of individuals served based on prior year actual numbers, the annual cost per individual served, and the estimated number of the total priority population for individuals in need.

(5)  The annual cost per individual served shall be defined as the total actual funding for each priority population divided by the number of individuals served in the priority population for that year.

History.--s. 1, ch. 97-195; s. 16, ch. 2000-349; ss. 16, 53, ch. 2001-254; s. 3, ch. 2002-397; s. 28, ch. 2003-399; s. 8, ch. 2004-269; s. 11, ch. 2006-2; s. 2, ch. 2006-29; s. 3, ch. 2008-153; s. 12, ch. 2009-82; s. 4, ch. 2009-132.

1Note.--Section 12, ch. 2009-82, amended paragraphs (3)(b) and (c) "[i]n order to implement Specific Appropriations 316 through 347 of the 2009-2010 General Appropriations Act."

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