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Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Mission of the Commission

As required by 394.9086, F.S., the Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse (Commission) was created in 2021 by the Florida Legislature to examine the current methods of providing mental health and substance abuse services in the state and to improve the effectiveness of current practices, procedures, programs, and initiatives in providing such services; identify any barriers or deficiencies in the delivery of such services; and recommend changes to existing laws, rules, and policies necessary to implement the Commission’s recommendations. The Commission shall meet quarterly or upon the call of the chair. The Commission shall hold its meetings via teleconference or other electronic means.

Members

The Commission consists of 19 members representing a diverse work group of individuals including state agency heads or their designees, appointments by the Florida Legislature and Governor, as well as criminal justice, law enforcement, and mental health and substance abuse professionals. Please click on members to view bios.

Sheriff Bill Prummell, Chair
Governor Appointee

Ann Berner
Speaker of the House Appointee

Representative Christine Hunschofsky
Speaker of the House Appointee

Clara Reynolds
Governor Appointee

Senator Darryl Rouson
President of the Senate Appointee

Doug Lenoardo
President of the Senate

Dr. Jay Reeve
Governor Appointee

Dr. Kathleen Moore
President of the Senate Appointee

Dr. Kelly Gray-Eurom
Governor Appointee

Larry Rein
Governor Appointee

Chief Judge Mark Mahon
Governor Appointee

Melissa Larkin-Skinner
Speaker of the House Appointee

Ray Gadd
President of the Senate Appointee

Wes Evans
Governor Appointee

Shawn Salamida
Speaker of the House Appointee

Secretary Shevaun Harris
Florida Department of Children and Families

Secretary Simone Marstiller
Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

Dr. Uma Suryadevara
Speaker of the House Appointee

Chief Judge Ronald Ficarrotta
Governor Appointee

Meetings

To view upcoming meetings and previous minutes view the meetings page.