Tag: substance abuse

Janelle Irwin TaylorNovember 2, 2018
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5min15
Like any favored candidate, Kathleen Peters is feeling confident with her campaign for Pinellas County Commission, but she’s not taking any chances. “We’ll be knocking on doors right up until Monday evening,” Peters said. “We’re also beefing up some of our social media and reaching folks there.” Peters said her campaign has a couple of […]

Guest AuthorMay 18, 2018
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4min6
The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The shortsighted action will adversely affect communities, offenders and businesses: an action that is totally unacceptable. DOC Secretary Julie Jones recently announced that 33 community and in-prison substance abuse treatment and housing providers will […]


7min12
Blaming the Legislature for not fully funding the state prison system, Florida corrections officials are slashing substance-abuse services, transitional housing and re-entry programs – services and programs launched to keep inmates from returning to life behind bars – in an attempt to fill a $28 million budget hole. The Department of Corrections announced the cost-cutting […]

News Service Of FloridaOctober 14, 2017
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7min6
Skyrocketing numbers of overdoses. Burned-out first responders. Families torn apart. Those are just some of the woes a key Senate budget panel heard about during a discussion Thursday focused on the opioid epidemic engulfing Florida and much of the nation. Echoing what a separate Senate committee heard this week, substance-abuse treatment providers, community agency representatives […]

Scott PowersAugust 17, 2017
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3min6
Speaking before a crowd of mental health and substance abuse treatment professionals, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala promised more money for their causes and lashed out at Speaker Richard Corcoran and House Republicans for neglecting them. Latvala, the Republican state Senator from Clearwater who chairs the Appropriations Committee, said Florida has neglected mental health and […]

Jim RosicaOctober 25, 2016
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4min19
The body that administers Florida’s bar exam discriminates by asking applicants about their mental health, according to a federal lawsuit filed this month. A “John Doe” plaintiff filed suit in Tallahassee, where the Florida Board of Bar Examiners is headquartered. He says the Board violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by asking aspiring lawyers about […]

Jim RosicaMay 11, 2016
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6min8
The battle over Broward Bridge is over. The state’s Department of Corrections and Bridges of America announced a settlement Wednesday afternoon. The state had been planning to pull the plug on Broward Bridge, a residential program offering transitional counseling, drug treatment and other services to inmates on work release. Bridges, the Orlando-based nonprofit that runs the program, had […]


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