Dear friends and advocates:
We have an exciting opportunity!
Meridian asked our Legislative Delegation to support a special project to develop a Health Home for our mental health and substance use disorder patients who are not receiving primary care. Thanks to Representative Perry and Senator Bradley, and Budget Leadership (Representative Hudson and Senator a Garcia) our project is in the budget that will go to the Governor. This project will provide $500,000 to fund the creation of a fully integrated clinic offering primary care, care coordination, transition planning from inpatient, and referrals to specialty care. We are developing this level of care to improve health outcomes and reduce cost for these individuals.
This is an evidence-based, local solution to addressing the needs of our currently underserved clients whose health risks and chronic problems are significant.
Time is of the essence as final budget passage and Governor approval will happen very quickly this year because of the delays in the session.
Governor Rick Scott