Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis reflected on the administration’s major mental health accomplishments achieved in 2020. From the beginning of the administration, First Lady DeSantis has prioritized mental health and substance abuse awareness, crafting bold initiatives, raising the bar for all involved in policymaking related to the continuum of care and leveraging resources to help those struggling.
“While we have encountered many unforeseen challenges this year, the Governor and I remain committed to serving the people of Florida by putting mental and emotional health front and center of both disaster response and public health policy,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “To that end, the Governor increased Florida’s Mental Health Assistance Allocation by $25 million, for a total of $100 million, to ensure schools are equipped with the resources to provide meaningful help. Additionally, the Governor recently announced $23 million in federal CARES dollars to reinforce Florida’s mental health services system, further allowing Florida’s Department of Children and Families to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment for Floridians in need.