DCF, Partners Continue to Coordinate Behavioral Health Services in Broward County as Directed by Governor’s Executive Order

For Immediate Release:
October 28, 2015

DCF, Partners Continue to Coordinate Behavioral Health Services in Broward
County as Directed by Governor’s Executive Order

Steering Committee Named to Pilot the Project

TALLAHASSEE – As directed by Governor Rick Scott in Executive Order 15-175, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) recently hosted a planning meeting in Broward County to implement a pilot program to better enhance coordination in mental health services. Broward County is the first of three communities designated by the Executive Order, along with Executive Order 15-134, to develop a statewide model for a coordinated system for behavioral health services.

“Our current system is too fragmented. In order for us to best serve individuals and families in this state we have to come together, as communities and state agencies, and move forward with a unified vision,” DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said. “The meeting in Broward was an important step in developing the pilot project. Together we can recommend meaningful changes that will be the greatest benefit to Floridians with behavioral health needs.”

During the meeting, a local steering committee was developed to lead local efforts. These endeavors will include assessing the system of care, identifying measures and desired outcomes, and recommending models for coordinated care and refinements to the budget process. The work in Broward County will be focused primarily on criminal justice diversion efforts.

The meeting included representatives from DCF, Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, Agency for Healthcare Administration, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Corrections, Henderson Health, OIC of South Florida, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, and Broward County Human Services. The representatives will also serve on the local project steering committee. 

DCF and Broward Behavioral Health Coalition facilitated the meeting and will work to provide leadership over the project, support the local steering committee, establish benchmarks, and collect and analyze data.

Contact: Michelle Glady, Press Secretary, 850-717-4450

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