On March 16, 2017, the Times-Union Editorial Board ran a piece on the Sunshine State’s dismal ranking on mental health investment. From “Friday Editorial: Florida lawmakers must change their shameful attitude toward funding mental health care”:
Florida is the worst state in the Union to be mentally ill.
Neglect of our mentally ill residents has always been appalling. But now Florida has sunk to a new low, ranking dead last among the 50 states in the per capita amount it spends on mental health care.
The Sunshine State has been ranked 49th for many years, but the latest release of the charts shows that Florida has fallen further still. The rankings, put out by the Florida Policy Institute, are based on figures supplied by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.
They show that Florida spends $36.05 per capita for the support of its mentally ill residents.
The national average is $125.90 per capita.