Investing in Florida's Mental Health System Takes More Than Money: It Takes Pride

October 13, 2014 8:24 PM

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Investing in Florida's Mental Health System Takes More Than Money: It Takes Pride

The crisis affecting Florida's mental health system is not new. The State of Florida has languished at the bottom of national ranked spending in the U.S. for decades, with most recent data suggesting a 49th position in per capita mental health services expenditure. In my view, a dubious distinction that is largely gratuitous. Florida is the fourth most populous state in the nation. It was named on Easter, 1513, by explorer Ponce De Leon. The name means, "Flowery Easter." Florida is rich in history, natural resources and a vibrant hub of an inter-mix of diversity, cultural and ethnic populations. We have much to be proud of in this state. So, why have policy makers chronically refused to adequately prioritize and fund its mental health system, and sufficiently address the overall health needs of its citizens?

Our review for this interim report leads us to the united belief that America's mental health delivery system is in shambles. We have found that the system needs dramatic reform because it is incapable of efficiently delivering and financing effective treatments-such as medications, psychotherapies,...

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