Florida Association of Managing Entities CEO Natalie K. Kelly today issued the following statement after the Florida Senate approved Senate Bill 590, sponsored by Senator Gayle Harrell. This bill strengthens school mental health response efforts to children in crisis by allowing school districts to contract with the Managing Entities to provide behavioral health care services to students. This bill now goes to Governor Ron DeSantis.
“Florida’s Managing Entities applaud the Legislature for prioritizing students’ mental health. Students who are in crisis need immediate access to crisis intervention and counseling services, and this bill allows school districts to contract with the state’s seven Managing Entities to coordinate essential behavioral health services. We encourage Governor DeSantis to approve this bill,” said Florida Association of Managing Entities CEO Natalie Kelly.