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Farm Share, Florida’s Managing Entities Partner to Provide Behavioral Health Information to Farm Share’s Food Recipients

Farm Share, Florida’s largest food bank, and Florida’s seven Managing Entities are partnering to provide information to Farm Share’s food recipients about how they can access needed behavioral health services. Numerous studies have made it clear that food insecurity is linked to increased rates of depression and anxiety.

Through this innovative partnership, the organizations will provide informational cards in the bags of food distributed by Farm Share. The cards will feature contacts for local behavioral health Managing Entities, enabling recipients to easily connect with mental health and substance use disorder providers – regardless of whether they have health insurance.

“Florida’s seven Managing Entities oversee our state’s indispensable behavioral health safety net system, and our goal is to make sure every Floridian who needs mental health or substance use disorder treatment knows what resources are available,” said Natalie Kelly, CEO of the Florida Association of Managing Entities. “We’re grateful to Farm Share for its collaboration on helping spread the word about these vital services.”

Added Farm Share CEO Stephen Shelley, “Farm Share is here to support all Floridians, and we recognize that many individuals who are facing food insecurity are also facing increased stress, anxiety, and other challenges. This partnership with Florida’s Managing Entities is a natural fit as we can help Floridians beyond their food insecurity and help connect them with resources that can get them back on their feet.”

The managing entities work with a network of over 300 behavioral health care providers who deliver services to over 300,000 of Florida’s most vulnerable residents, including children, expectant mothers, veterans, and the chronically homeless.

Providers help meet patients’ diverse needs with “wraparound services” that not only address mental health issues and substance abuse, but also assist with housing, transportation, and employment. Community boards administer, manage, and ensure accountability of state and federal funds for behavioral health services, keeping oversight and accountability closest to the people they serve.

About the Florida Association of Managing Entities
The Florida Association of Managing Entities (FAME) is the statewide organization representing Florida’s seven Managing Entities. FAME’s mission is to advance the behavioral health recovery of individuals and their families in the state of Florida. For more information, visit FLManagingEntities.com.

About Farm Share
With more than 3.9 million families suffering from food insecurity throughout Florida, Farm Share meets the everyday hunger needs of Floridians by working hand in hand with local farmers to recover and redistribute produce that would otherwise be thrown away due to aesthetic imperfections.

Farm Share currently serves all 67 counties in Florida. Since its inception, Farm Share has distributed more than 751 million pounds of food, with a value of more than $1.9 billion. In 2020 alone, Farm Share distributed more than 104 million pounds of food and served more than 86 million meals to Floridians. For more information about Farm Share, visit FarmShare.org.

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Florida Association of Managing Entities Applauds Attorney General Moody on Walgreens Settlement

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida Association of Managing Entities CEO Natalie K. Kelly issued the following statement regarding Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s announcement of a $680 million settlement with Walgreens for its role in the opioid crisis. 

“On behalf of Florida’s seven Managing Entities, I applaud Attorney General Moody for her steadfast fight in the battle against prescription drug abuse and the $680 million settlement her office reached with Walgreens,” said FAME CEO Natalie Kelly. “Florida is suffering from a drug overdose death rate 23 percent higher than the national average, and we must do everything we can to address this crisis.

“I look forward to these funds being made available in an accountable and streamlined manner over the next two decades by the state to combat the opioid epidemic.” 

Florida’s seven local Managing Entities work with a network of over 300 behavioral health care providers who deliver services to over 300,000 of Florida’s most vulnerable residents, including children, expectant mothers, veterans, and the chronically homeless.

Providers meet patients’ diverse needs with “wraparound services” that not only address mental health issues and substance abuse, but also assist with housing, transportation, and employment. Community boards administer, manage, and ensure accountability of state and federal funds for behavioral health services, keeping oversight and accountability closest to the people they serve.

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About the Florida Association of Managing Entities

The Florida Association of Managing Entities (FAME) is the statewide organization representing Florida’s seven Managing Entities. FAME’s mission is to advance the behavioral health recovery of individuals and their families in the state of Florida. For more information, visit FLManagingEntities.com

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Florida Association of Managing Entities Praises Legislature for Prioritizing Behavioral Health Services

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida Association of Managing Entities CEO Natalie K. Kelly issued the following statement on the Florida Legislature’s Fiscal Year 2022/2023 budget, which includes more than $100 million in recurring funds for behavioral health services.

“The Florida Legislature has truly shown up for Floridians and prioritized the behavioral health services that many rely on to lead productive and healthy lives. The more than $100 million in recurring funding for behavioral health services will help expand services, increase care coordination and enhance the overall system in Florida for residents of all ages.

“Florida’s Managing Entities are grateful to the Legislature for recognizing the tremendous need for behavioral health services in our state and for shaping policy that will change Floridians’ lives for the better.”

Florida’s seven local Managing Entities work with a network of over 300 behavioral health care providers who deliver services to over 300,000 of Florida’s most vulnerable residents, including children, expectant mothers, veterans, and the chronically homeless.

Providers meet patients’ diverse needs with “wraparound services” that not only address mental health issues and substance abuse, but also assist with housing, transportation, and employment. Community boards administer, manage, and ensure accountability of state and federal funds for behavioral health services, keeping oversight and accountability closest to the people they serve.

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About the Florida Association of Managing Entities

The Florida Association of Managing Entities (FAME) is the statewide organization representing Florida’s seven Managing Entities. FAME’s mission is to advance the behavioral health recovery of individuals and their families in the state of Florida. For more information, visit FLManagingEntities.com

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Florida’s Managing Entities Applaud the Legislature for Passing Bills to Enhance Behavioral Health Services for All Floridians

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Coming on the heels of the passage of Senate Bill 282, which has been sent to Governor DeSantis and will bolster Florida’s peer specialist system, the Legislature today continued its momentum to enhance behavioral health in Florida with passage of SB 1262 and SB 1844. Florida Association of Managing Entities CEO Natalie K. Kelly released the following statement:

“We are so grateful to the entire Florida Legislature for their support of significant legislation that will enhance the behavioral health system in Florida. Three key pieces of legislation will transform how Florida delivers behavioral health services.

“Thanks to the Legislature, peer specialists, who can use their own experiences to help others in mental health and substance use disorder recovery, have a more streamlined and simplified process to becoming one through the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist program.

“With the passage of Senate Bill 1262, families will now have an easier time accessing emergency behavioral health services, which can change the outcome of an emergency situation with the provision of early care. 

“Also, Senate Bill 1844 goes a long way toward destigmatizing mental health care for children by eliminating the court process, among other provisions. 

Florida’s seven local Managing Entities work with a network of almost 300 behavioral health care providers who deliver services to over 300,000 of Florida’s most vulnerable residents, including children, expectant mothers, veterans, and the chronically homeless.

Providers meet patients’ diverse needs with “wraparound services” that not only address mental health issues and substance abuse, but also assist with housing, transportation, and employment. Community boards administer, manage, and ensure accountability of state and federal funds for behavioral health services, keeping oversight and accountability closest to the people they serve.

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About the Florida Association of Managing Entities

The Florida Association of Managing Entities (FAME) is the statewide organization representing Florida’s seven Managing Entities. FAME’s mission is to advance the behavioral health recovery of individuals and their families in the state of Florida. For more information, visit FLManagingEntities.com

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Florida Association of Managing Entities Encourages Legislature to Fund Behavioral Health Services Based on Needs Assessment and Keep Management Closest to Communities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Florida Association of Managing Entities CEO Natalie K. Kelly applauds the Legislature for prioritizing behavioral health services and encourages legislators to support the House of Representatives’ recommendation to allocate additional recurring funds to the Managing Entities to expand behavioral health services in accordance with the triennial needs assessment.

“Every three years, the Managing Entities conduct an extensive needs assessment of behavioral health services in communities throughout Florida and provide this assessment to the Department of Children and Families. We implore legislators to expand behavioral health services and to support the House’s recommendation to allocate $150 million in recurring funds to the Managing Entities to meet identified needs in communities.

“Behavioral health needs aren’t limited to treatment and counseling, but they also address housing, transportation and employment assistance. All of these needs help people live life to their fullest potential. 

“By having Florida’s seven Managing Entities manage the funding, local needs are met with precision, as needs can vary throughout the state.”

Florida’s seven local Managing Entities work with a network of over 300 behavioral health care providers who deliver services to over 300,000 of Florida’s most vulnerable residents, including children, expectant mothers, veterans, and the chronically homeless.

Providers meet patients’ diverse needs with “wraparound services” that not only address mental health issues and substance abuse, but also assist with housing, transportation, and employment. Community boards administer, manage, and ensure accountability of state and federal funds for behavioral health services, keeping oversight and accountability closest to the people they serve.