Marchman Act

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Reforms Get Approval

Mar 14, 2016

In the waning hours of the 2016 legislative session, Florida lawmakers Friday approved wide-ranging reforms to the state's mental-health and substance-abuse treatment systems.

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The Florida House and Senate will reform the state's troubled mental-health system during the 2016 legislative session, predicts one of the lawmakers spearheading the effort.

'Huge' Revamp Of Mental-Health Services Scrapped

Apr 29, 2015

  An ambitious proposal to revamp the state's system for delivering mental-health services became a casualty of the House's early exit from the Capitol, as the plan's Senate sponsor Wednesday refused to along with changes made by House members.

While U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered federal prosecutors to back away from “draconian” sentences for lower-level drug offenders, changing Florida’s drug laws and mindset could prove difficult, the Miami Herald reports. 

Even as Florida’s crime rate has declined over the past four decades, the prison population has grown with non-violent, first-time offenders, mostly for small quantities of prescription drugs.