Florida Association of Managing Entities President Dr. Christine Cauffield, CEO of LSF Health Systems, today congratulated Dr. Rahul Gupta for being named Drug Czar. Prior to being chosen to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Dr. Gupta served as West Virginia’s health commissioner. Dr. Christine Cauffield has worked closely with Dr. Gupta on the White House National Drug Control Policy Advisory Panel, a panel to which she was appointed earlier this year.
LSF Health Systems is one of Florida’s seven Managing Entities. Florida’s seven Managing Entities oversee a network of approximately 300 health care provider organizations delivering behavioral health services, including mental health and substance use disorder treatment, to more than 320,000 uninsured Floridians. Providers meet patients’ diverse needs with “wraparound services” that address mental health and substance use issues and assist with housing, transportation, and employment. Florida’s Managing Entity model can serve as a model for the nation.
“It has been a privilege to serve on the White House National Drug Control Policy Advisory Panel and provide input on evidence-based, best practice programs that best serve those living with substance use disorders. Dr. Rahul Gupta has been an integral part of our process and is a true champion for addressing the opioid epidemic that continues to ravage families and communities. Dr. Gupta will help lead our nation as the new Drug Czar. I have been proud to share the innovative work the Florida Managing Entities have developed to address the needs of individuals who live with mental health and substance use disorders and look forward to working closely with Dr. Gupta as he assumes his new position. This truly is an opportunity to share how Florida’s safety net model for delivering behavioral health services can be a model for the entire nation,” said Dr. Christine Cauffield, CEO of LSF Health Systems.
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 behavioral health recovery of individuals and their families in the state of Florida. More information about FAME is available at flmanagingentities.com.