Mental Health

Miami police intends to involuntarily commit homeless individuals starting Friday if they refuse to move off the streets. Volunteer outreach teams through the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust began placing individuals in shelters Tuesday morning and will continue those efforts through Thursday.

Tara Calligan

When Florida lawmakers approved a last-minute budget in special session earlier this year, $20.4 million in federal funding for mental health services expired with no plans to make up for it.

Now, mental health and substance abuse facilities across the state are looking at slashing services—sometimes in half—because of the surprise de-funding.

Florida Tech Study Finds Success In Mental Health Court

Aug 2, 2017

A new study out of Florida Tech finds defendants who make it through mental health court are less likely to be arrested again.


Mental Health Courts Curb Recidivism

Jul 26, 2017

A new study from the Florida Institute of Technology finds that criminal defendants who graduate from mental health court are much less likely to be re-arrested.

Increase In Child 'Baker Act' Cases Draws Attention

Jul 21, 2017

With a dramatic increase in the number of children being taken in for involuntary psychiatric examinations, a state panel Thursday began looking to address the “Baker Act” issue.

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