Florida Could Have For-Profit Mental Health Services

http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/can-florida-now-have-proprietary-mental-health.html

The goal is to provide more performance-based payment of services, but the idea has drawn mixed reviews from mental health advocates. On one hand, they welcome the long-overdue update of the state’s mental health delivery system. On the other, they question how a chronically underfunded system could have room for big companies to make profits…

The idea of privatizing mental health services was first proposed by Gov. Rick Scott, who included it in the proposed proviso language of his 2015-16 budget. Among the companies that could qualify to bid on the projects are some of the largest contributors to the governor’s campaign…

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