Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Care
A combination of factors make timely, appropriate access to behavioral health care a challenge for many Floridians, including children. The result is that too many individuals with behavioral health needs rely on clinically inappropriate care settings, such as hospital emergency departments, to receive needed behavioral health treatment.
COVID–19 created new challenges as more people are experiencing symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorder. Hospitals across the state are working with community groups, state agencies, advocates, consumer groups, and health care providers to implement and sustain systems of care that more timely meet the behavioral health needs of Florida residents.