Substance Abuse & Mental Health (SAMH)

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.

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Personal Stories: The Impact of Treatment

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Substance Abuse

Recovery Residence Administrators and Recovery Residences

Pursuant to section 397.4871, F.S., and section 397.487, F.S., the Department of Children and Families shall approve at least one credentialing entity for the purpose of developing and administering a voluntary certification program for recovery residence administrators and residences. Read more.

Provider Licensure and Designations System (PLADS)

The PLADS system provides a portal for providers to electronically register and apply to provide services for Substance Abuse components and Receiving Facility Designation.  The goal of this portal is to facilitate a central location where providers can manage all of the documentation required by law to receive licenses to provide state regulated services.  By maintaining this documentation in a central location, it will simplify the process of applying for components in the future.  The PLADS system is a central location where providers can check on the status of their licenses, track inspections and respond to corrective action plans.

For more information on PLADS please contact your local SAMH Office.


Mental Health

Baker Act Receiving Facilities

If you are looking for services or confirming if a provider is a Baker Act receiving facility, please use the following link.
Baker Act Receiving Facilities

Task Force on Involuntary Examination of Minors

This task force within the Department of Children and Families will address the issue of involuntary examinations under s. 394.463, Florida Statutes, of children age 17 years and younger.

Task Force on Involuntary Examination of Minors