DCF SECRETARY DAVID WILKINS PRAISES GOV. SCOTT’S PRUDENT, FORWARD-LOOKING BUDGET
~ Increases in Department of Children and Families budget will
better protect families and support front-line staff ~
Statement from Secretary David Wilkins:
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – With Gov. Scott’s budget proposal, the Department will continue implementing needed changes to become a world-class social services leader.
Everyone at the Department realizes the need to focus our energies on the front-lines, where our employees can make important decisions to give families the tools to stay together and prosper without dependence on government assistance. We appreciate the Governor’s support of this mission.
In addition to providing an additional $9.8 million to recruit and train front-line investigative staff, the governor’s proposal includes $20 million to modernize our child protective system, including updated integration of information and front-line training to more efficiently and safely protect Florida’s children and families.
The Governor also realizes the importance of programs that efficiently empower Floridians to remain independent. Gov. Scott’s budget proposal restores $46 million in nonrecurring funding for substance abuse and mental health programs around the state and includes assistance for Floridians with mental illnesses returning to their communities.