March 9th press conference will plead to legislators to not cut mental health funding in Florida; State Legislators and other elected officials available for questions
Concerned the Senate is considering a $50 million cut in mental health appropriations this year, statewide mental health leaders will hold a press conference on March 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the State House of Representatives media room in Tallahassee to bring awareness about the industry’s already low funding status. Florida remains at the bottom in the nation in appropriations for mental health services, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, despite a significant demand.
Mental health services in Florida are struggling to address the state’s opioid death crisis, escalating suicide rate and untreated mental illnesses. In 2016, state legislators passed SB12, a comprehensive mental health system overhaul that is greatly improving services. A funding cut will significantly impact the work that is currently being implemented.
Press conference participants will include: State Representatives Mike Miller (R) of District 47 and Carlos Smith (D) of District 49 and other elected officials across Florida; Denise Marzullo, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida; and Rick Marquis, father of a son living with mental illness.
WHAT: Press Conference on Mental Health Funding in Florida
WHEN: Thursday, March 9th at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Florida State Capitol | Tallahassee, Fla.
State House of Representatives Press, Room 333