DCF Quick Facts

Substance Abuse and Mental Health

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The SAMH Program is the legislatively appointed state authority for substance abuse, mental health, and methadone designation. The program is governed by Chapters 394 and 397 of the Florida Statutes and is responsible for the oversight of a statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders. The department contracts for behavioral health services through regional systems of care called Managing Entities (MEs). These entities do not provide direct services; rather, they allow the department’s funding to be tailored to the specific behavioral health needs in the various regions of the State.

2016-17, Quarter 1 Program Data

Substance Abuse and Mental Health 2016-17, Quarter 1 Program Data
Number Served July August September 1st Qtr. Total Year Total
Individuals Served in Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse 71,406 76,206 68,292 130,964 130,964
Adults Served in Mental Health by Program 43,313 46,517 41,870 80,983 80,983
Children Served in Mental Health by Program 8,018 9,224 8,357 16,820 16,820
Adults Served in Substance Abuse by Program 17,546 18,308 15,861 29,915 29,915
Children Served in Substance Abuse by Program 4,220 3,988 3,667 7,779 7,779
Individuals Served by Managing Entity Big Bend Community Based Care 9,089 9,742 8,554 16,970 16,970
Individuals Served by Managing Entity Broward Behavioral Health Coalition 5,171 5,324 4,686 9,114 9,114
Individuals Served by Managing Entity Central Florida Behavioral Health Network 26,641 29,406 27,443 50,808 50,808
Individuals Served by Managing Entity Central Florida Cares Health System 6,978 7,492 5,815 13,254 13,254
Individuals Served by Managing Entity Lutheran Services of Florida, Inc. 8,685 9,266 7,768 14,992 14,992
Individuals Served by Managing Entity South Florida Behavioral Health Network 8,494 8,285 7,516 14,339 14,339
Individuals Served by Managing Entity Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network 6,450 6,803 6,413 11,854 11,854

* TOTAL is the unduplicated client count for the three month period.