House Passes Legislation To Improve DCF Substance Abuse Delivery Services

Legislation to establish systematic improvements of the regulation, oversight and delivery of substance abuse services provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) passed the House today.

House Bill (HB) 1493 became the first bill passed by freshman State Representative Hazelle P. Rogers (D-Lauderhill) during the current session of the Florida House of Representatives.

HB 1493 will allow DCF to better identify individuals who are eligible for services funded by the department and authorizes DCF to issue probationary, regular, and interim licenses. The bill will also allow DCF to license treatment providers by service component, thus reducing the number of licenses required by treatment providers, while continuing to insure providers meet program standards, safeguarding quality client care and reducing bureaucratic requirements.

“This bill changes Florida statutes to allow for the identification of those individuals most in need of publicly-funded substance abuse and mental health treatment services,” Representative Rogers said.  “It also authorizes the department to track these individuals’ progress, as well as measure their success.

“I am very pleased to have had this bill be my first one passed during my freshman year in the Florida House of Representatives,” Representative Rogers added.

The bill passed the House 118-0.