October 26, 2023

Behavioral Health Services: Funding in Florida

In Florida, there is no single state agency responsible for the administration, planning, and oversight of statewide behavioral health funding.

Each year, the Legislature appropriates both federal and state funds through the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for behavioral health to multiple state agencies. Federal funding comes through the Medicaid program, lump sum block grants, and other federal grants. Funding can either be recurring or time-limited (non-recurring). It can also be restricted to use for specific populations (e.g., children) and/or services (e.g., crisis). Individual county and city governments also provide varying amounts of additional indigent care funding for behavioral health, including services provided to people who are incarcerated. Further, pursuant to state law, local service providers are responsible for meeting local matching fund requirements for behavioral health services. 

Due to the complex and fragmented nature of the funding, it is difficult to determine how all of these funds are spent. FPI created the graphic linked below to show the complexity of the funding streams for behavioral health services.

Downloadable Resources

There are no attachments currently.
No items found.