The Florida Association of Managing Entities today applauded Governor DeSantis for signing two bills that prioritize mental health in Florida.
Senate Bill 96, among other things, establishes a Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Senate Bill 590 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.
FAME CEO Natalie Kelly issued the following statement on the bills:
“We’re grateful to Governor DeSantis for continuing to prioritize mental health care in Florida. The Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse will allow for a thorough examination of how behavioral health services are accessed and delivered with an eye toward improving current processes. The Managing Entities look forward to working closely with the Commission to share how the Managing Entity model coordinates services based on both the individual’s and community’s unique needs in a cost-effective and transparent manner.”
“Senate Bill 590 will improve the care provided to children in crisis, including care coordination, counseling in schools and on-demand crisis intervention. The Managing Entities are eager to work with school districts throughout the state to share how best to coordinate care and deliver these essential services. Florida’s seven Managing Entities are experts in delivering behavioral health services and can serve as a model for the state.”
About the Florida Association of Managing Entities
The Florida Association of Managing Entities (FAME) is the statewide organization representing Florida’s seven Managing Entities. FAME’s mission is to advance the