Governor Rick Scott has directed the Florida Department of Children and Families to use a new federal grant that will increase access to medication-assisted treatment, reduce opioid-related deaths and equip professionals with the tools necessary to fight the growing opioid epidemic that has been looming over the sunshine state.
The DCF was granted more than $50 million from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for treatment and recovery support services.
In response to the acquisition, DCF Interim Secretary Robecca Kapusta commented that “The department remains committed to helping people who are living with an opioid use disorder, supporting their families, and equipping the treatment industry with the right tools for the most effective treatment. The grant will continue to facilitate the expansion of services and treatment options throughout Florida’s communities to get people the help they need.”
In addition, Governor Rick Scott said that “In Florida, we are standing with families who are fighting opioid addiction and will continue to find ways to help our communities and law enforcement agencies. This more than $50 million in additional funding will provide important recovery services for many families and aid in our fight against the national opioid epidemic.”
He also noted that “Since I took office, we have invested more than $8 billion to better coordinate mental health and substance abuse services in Florida’s communities, including $65 million during the 2018 legislative session. We will continue to work closely with our federal, state and local partners throughout this fight.”