For Immediate Release:
October 29, 2015
Setting the Record Straight
The Tampa Bay Times Sensationalizes Incidents at
State Mental Health Treatment Facilities to Support False Narrative
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Times published an article today that misrepresents the Department of Children and Families’ management of Florida’s mental health hospitals. Instead of focusing on ongoing reforms and improvements in how Florida helps people dealing with mental illness and substance abuse, the Times has chosen to sensationalize and misrepresent the facts. This summer Governor Scott signed two Executive Orders to better coordinate care for Florida’s mentally ill. The Times fails to mention these reforms or any of the steps taken to better treat Floridians dealing with mental health and substance abuse illness.
Please see the statement below from Secretary Mike Carroll.
See all of the Tampa Bay Times Myths vs. The Facts here.
Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450