May 31, 2019

The Florida Narrative [Harvard Kennedy School Journal of African American Policy]

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

On 3 May 2017, then Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order deeming the opioid crisis as a public health emergency across the state.His declaration, like any other state address during a difficult time, was clear, decisive, and hopeful: “Families across our nation are fighting the opioid epidemic and Florida is going to do everything possible to help our communities.

However, the exception to that commitment was Florida’s inmates.

Read more in the Harvard Kennedy School Journal, pp. 66-68

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