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Task Force Report

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The Florida Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse was created in 1999 to conduct a systematic review of the state’s mental health and substance abuse system. The Commission was asked to make recommendations in areas including planning, service strategies, funding, accountability, emergency behavioral health services, and the unique needs of older persons.

Twenty-three Commissioners from throughout Florida were appointed by the governor and the legislature to broadly represent the key constituencies in mental health and substance abuse. Four workgroups were formed to examine and report on special issues including: 1) information needs and technology; 2) children’s; 3) adults’; and 4) older adults’ mental health and substance abuse needs. Their extensive research and recommendations helped significantly to inform the Commission’s work. The full reports of these workgroups are appended to the Commission’s report.