22 Jan Invest in mental health care
Florida is expected to have a budget surplus of $1 billion or more this year, and Gov. Rick Scott wants to return half of that to the public through tax and fee cuts. Giving citizens such relief will help the economy and household finances.
But as the governor and lawmakers fashion a budget this year, they also should address some of the state’s long-neglected needs. Of particular concern are mental health and substance abuse care.
Florida ranks 49th in mental health per capita spending and has cut client services more than $41 million in the past two years.This means gravely troubled individuals are on the street, posing a danger to themselves and society.