On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced additional state resources through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to support families impacted by the wildfires in Northwest...
This week, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released a comprehensive briefing on Florida’s child welfare case manager retention crisis, “A System in Crisis: Stabilizing Florida’s Child Welfare Workforce,” wherein FTW presents factors contributing to high attrition...
Last week, Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis hosted a roundtable discussion with state and community leaders highlighting “Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity,” and the work community partners and faith-based organizations are doing...
These drugs will be for individuals who are under the care of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Corrections (FDC), and Department of Health (DOH).
“The funds, which are being released in two separate disbursements ($20 million and $65 million), will be used to provide rental assistance, support emergency shelters, and conduct street outreach programs to connect unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness with local housing and other essential services,” the governor's office noted.
The bill works to recognize and balance relationships young children develop with out-of-home caregivers and siblings with those of the child’s biological family members, in order to reduce trauma-related to abrupt or frequent placement changes that remove children from safe, successful placements. The bill also requires that a quick reference FACE sheet be created for each child to summarize the status of the child’s case and goals moving forward.
This $23 million in funding, derived from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will reinforce mental health support available in Florida and allow the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to continue providing mental health and substance abuse treatment for Floridians in need.
“As parents, Governor DeSantis and I are passionate about helping Florida’s children reach their full potential. In addition to the value of in-person instruction, this initiative supports children who have already faced significant personal challenges beyond their control,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis.
In 2019, there were at least 69 confirmed infant deaths in Florida as a result of unsafe sleep.
The grant, which came to almost $5 million, comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funds “will provide crisis counseling services through Florida’s network of 2-1-1 crisis helplines, assisting individuals in need of mental or behavioral health counseling and referrals.”