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FLORIDA: 400,000 kids need "behavioral-health services"; 55 % don't get any

May 24, 2019, WPTV-TV, West Palm Beach, FL: More mental health treatment sought for children in Florida TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida has an estimated 400,000 children who need behavioral-health services, but 55 percent of them don’t get any treatment, members of a health-care panel were told Thursday. That translates to 220,000 children across the state, or about one child in every classroom, health official Jeffrey Brosco told members of the Florida Healthy Kids Corp. Board of Directors during a meeting in Orlando…. Brosco wants to use the Title V program to help build regional collaboratives anchored by schools including Florida State University, Florida International University, the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Miami. Florida has $20 million in Title V money this fiscal year, and Brosco said he wants to target $9 million to help establish the regional collaboratives. Through the collaboratives, Brosco hopes to help increase the capacity of primary-care providers such as pediatricians, family doctors and advanced registered nurse practitioners to identify and treat what Brosco called common pediatric mental-health conditions, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, anxiety and depression…. Lawmakers this month approved a 2019-2020 state budget that includes $75 million for mental-health services at schools, a boost from the $64 million given to school districts for the current year. The money is linked to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act passed after last year’s shooting.


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