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

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.

Read the story in the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.