TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott quietly renewed his government order declaring the opioid disaster a public well being emergency.
Scott on Monday prolonged the order for 60 days after gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Jack Latvala referred to as for the extension. However it’s nonetheless unclear if Scott will use the extension to faucet into state emergency funds.
Florida acquired $27 million from the federal authorities to battle the opioid disaster this yr. Psychological well being providers misplaced $20 million. The federal funds can go towards counseling or different wraparound providers for these hooked on opioids, however necessary providers like central receiving amenities got here up brief. Many needed to lay off staff and scale back their capability.
“The central receiving techniques are integral to the native communities. They assist to serve to the no fallacious door approaches that anybody who’s in disaster or who wants psychological healthcare or substance use providers can strategy that facility,” stated Melanie Brown-Woofter, with Florida Council for Group Psychological Well being.
Latvala additionally requested the governor for $20 million in state emergency funds to for detox, residential remedy and outpatient care.
“The $20 million definitely might take a number of the stress off as individuals attempt regionally to place collectively and implement their plans for addressing the disaster of their respective communities,” stated Mark Fontaine, with the Florida Behavioral Well being Affiliation.
When requested whether or not Scott was contemplating accessing state emergency funds, his press workforce as an alternative stated the governor plans embrace further funds for the disaster in his 2018 Legislative package deal.”
Latvala predicts 2,seven hundred Floridians will die from opioids by the point a brand new price range passes in March.
Though psychological well being advocates commend the governor for his continued help to preventing the battle, they stated there’s little question the emergency funds would assist scale back deaths between now and the top of session.
The governor might be releasing his Legislative proposal within the coming weeks. His workplace stated the will increase to funds for battling the opioid epidemic can be vital.
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