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Casey DeSantis: FDOE, DCF Helped Send Almost 1,000 Devices to Help Children in Foster...

“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.
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Casey DeSantis, DCF Recognize October as Safe Sleep Awareness Month

In 2019, there were at least 69 confirmed infant deaths in Florida as a result of unsafe sleep.
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Casey DeSantis: HHS Sending Almost $5 Million to DCF for Crisis Counseling Program

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.”
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Casey DeSantis Announces Funds to Expand Telehealth Services to Students in 18 Counties

“Governor DeSantis and I are immensely proud that these funds will be available to support schools in their efforts to help students overcome barriers to achieving positive mental health wellness,” said DeSantis.
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Department of Juvenile Justice Joins Florida Race Equity Challenge

The Florida Race Equity Challenge is a web-based, interactive experience that will provide juvenile justice stakeholders with the education and tools to identify and tackle issues related to race, equity, and inclusion (REI) within the juvenile justice system.
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Feds Approve Implementation of Florida’s Pandemic EBT Program

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), developed a P-EBT program to automatically issue benefits during the month of June to more than 2.1 million children who have temporarily lost access to free and reduced-price school meals during COVID-19-related school closures.
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Casey DeSantis: HHS Sending $1.9 Million to DCF

The funding will provide crisis intervention services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and other related recovery supports for children and adults impacted by COVID-19.
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