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Secures Additional $26M in Federal Funding for Florida’s State Opioid Response Project, Re-Establishes Office of Drug Control within the Executive Office of the Governor and Orders a Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis held a Mental Health Listening Session at the Governor’s Mansion with state agency leadership and elected officials to discuss how they can collaborate and communicate with local stakeholders.

Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis, joined by Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Chad Poppell, addressed the Children’s Week Award Dinner and Reception to help kick off 2019 Children’s Week

DCF’s first priority has always been and will continue to be the safety and protection of Florida’s most vulnerable – our children. DCF absolutely shares the passion for the protection of children and high standards for their care as the other participants in the lawsuit.

Today, Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Chad Poppell issued the following statement in support of Governor Ron DeSantis’ State of the State address.

Governor Ron DeSantis proclaimed the second week of February as Florida Foster Family Appreciation Week, observed on February 11-15, 2019, to celebrate the enduring and invaluable contributions foster families provide to children in their care.

The comprehensive analysis and review of the child welfare system involvement related to Jordan Belliveau is now available.

DCF has suspended the requirements in subsection 397.427(2), Florida Statutes, and subsection 65D-30.014(3), Florida Administrative Code, regarding the requirement relating to the determination of need for methadone medication-assisted treatment.

D-SNAP sites will assist individuals and families recovering from Hurricane Michael

As part of a continuing effort to provide relief from the effects of Hurricane Michael, the USDA announced today that households in 12 Florida counties that may not normally be eligible for nutrition assistance under regular SNAP rules may temporarily qualify for D-SNAP benefits


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