Lawmakers continue to file funding requests for hometown projects in the coming fiscal year, with Republican lawmakers filing appropriation bills to earmark money to a program in Brevard County that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find jobs. Another seeks funding for a Seminole County Sheriff program that helps people recover from opioid abuse.
Funding requests are filed so lawmakers can consider including the projects in the state fiscal year 2022-2023 budget, which will provide state spending from July 1, 2022 until June 30, 2023. Lawmakers will begin working on the budget when they convene for the 60-day Legislative Session in Tallahassee in January.
Rep. Randy Fine on Monday filed an appropriations bill requesting $250,000 for the Brevard Achievement Center, which will work to increase employment opportunities, work skills, independence and community integration for more than 100 adults with significant disabilities. According to budget documents, 15% of the funding would be performance-based with incremental financial penalties for failure to meet deliverables.
Fine expects the program to require between $1 million and $3 million in additional funding for an additional five years beyond the 2022-2023 budget.
Opened in March 2021, the Center is a level II treatment facility that aims to better coordinate addiction recovery care. The center provides inpatient and outpatient treatment and can house up to 40 clients — 30 male and 10 female. The center currently is operating a three-year pilot project where Seminole County deputies contact patients who have overdosed and give them an opportunity to attend the center. Patients are given counseling and treatment for addiction by professionals until space becomes available at longterm substance abuse treatment centers.
Budget documents show Plakon anticipates the program will require funding for two years beyond the 2022- 2023 budget, but that the funding would total less than $1 million.