HISTORIC HEALTH CARE ACHIEVEMENTS
Fighting the Opioid Epidemic
Governor Scott declared a statewide public health emergency for the opioid epidemic allowing the state to immediately draw down more than $27 million in federal grant funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Opioid State Targeted Response Grant. This critical funding was awarded to Florida on April 21, 2017 to provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services. The order also ensured that first responders have immediate access to lifesaving drugs to respond to opioid overdoses.
Including this federal investment, the Governor has now committed a total of $65 million to help combat the national opioid epidemic in Florida. This funding will provide additional residential treatment beds, outpatient treatment and case management, emergency room treatment and follow up, targeted outreach for pregnant women with substance abuse disorders and Naloxone for first responders.
Eliminating the Critical Needs Wait List for Persons with Disabilities
Making history, Governor Scott has consistently provided funding to eliminate the special needs waiting list in Florida and enroll all individuals with critical needs to help them live, learn and work in their communities.