Governor Ron DeSantis is recommending $54.8 million be used to fight the opioid epidemic in Florida. Part of that funding, a little over $12 million, will come from federal dollars in the form of the State Opioid Response Grant already targeted for evidence-based prevention, medication-assisted treatment, and recovery.
The Governor is also recommending an increase of over $17 million in new funding for behavioral health. A portion of the new dollars are allocated for the expansion of Community Action Teams (CATs) and the creation of nine new CATs in the following locations: Alachua, Citrus/Hernando, Polk/Highlands/Hardee, Orange, Walton, Brevard, Pasco, and Marion.
The Governor’s total budget recommendations are $91.4 billion. One of the most notable additions is an increase to teachers’ salaries with a cost of about $600 million.