Florida First Lady addresses mental health and substance abuse with “Hope for Healing” program
Palm Beach County, Fl- Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis met with leaders in healthcare professionals in Palm Beach County on Monday, to talk about how to best address mental health and substance abuse within the state. The listening session held at the Hanley Foundation offices in West Palm Beach was part of the First Lady DeSantis’ Hope for Healing Florida campaign, which looks to combine the resources and efforts of the public and private sectors to better serve Floridians struggling with mental health and substance abuse.
State leaders are working to create a mental health and substance abuse resource guide in hopes of helping more people. Florida Sen. Gayle Harrell says they want to make sure public and private agencies are working together.
First Lady Casey DeSantis also met at First Coast High School in Jacksonville talking about the same subject. Here is the video from that:
Governor DeSantis’ committed $2 billion in substance abuse prevention and mental health funding. Including more than $123 million in state and federal funding for medication-assisted treatment and prevention and recovery services to address the opioid epidemic.
The governor’s budget also included $75 million for the Mental Health Assistance Allocation for Florida schools. This funding will go directly to school districts to provide additional mental health services to students in need.