Even before proposed cuts, Florida ranks 49th in the nation for mental health funding PDF  | Print |  E-mail

A 2009 report by the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy found that, of the 325,000 adults with severe and persistent mental illness in Florida, only 42 percent receive state mental services at the current funding level. The situation for Florida children is also poor. Fifty-two percent of children with mental illness receive care in Florida, compared to 60 percent nationally.

“Only four other states had a lower rate of meeting the need for mental health and developmental services among children,” the report noted.

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The mission of the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy is to conduct independent research, develop new ideas, and advise policymakers on state fiscal and economic policy.  The Center pays particular attention to policy impacts on low- and moderate-income individuals, families and neighborhoods, workers, and small businesses.  The Center works to heighten public awareness of the need to adequately fund programs that improve opportunities, choices, quality of life outcomes, and the economic well-being of all Floridians.