Fact Sheet

The Pew MacArthur Results First Initiative in Florida

This page was updated in August 2017 to reflect progress in the state


In 2015, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued two executive orders promoting accountability, efficiency, and best practices to improve mental health services throughout the state. The orders charge the state’s Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Children and Families, Health, and Health Care Administration agencies to collaborate on efforts such as a coordinated delivery model and a streamlined budgeting process. The orders also establish three pilot counties—Alachua, Broward, and Pinellas—that will conduct a comprehensive review of behavioral health service delivery, including cross-agency coordination and the availability and effectiveness of institutional care compared with community care.

To help with these endeavors, the administration partnered with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in October 2015. The Florida departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice will inventory state programming and work together to build a comprehensive cost-benefit model to provide policymakers with information they need to most efficiently allocate state resources. These efforts will inform a long-term statewide strategic plan, signaling the Scott administration’s commitment to providing effective and efficient criminal justice programming and mental health services.


Secretaries Julie L. Jones of the Department of Corrections, and Christina Daly, of the Department of Juvenile Justice are committed to using the Results First approach as an evidence-based budgetary tool. The agencies worked together to develop inventories of their current investments in adult criminal justice and juvenile justice programs. Using this detailed information on costs and evidence of effectiveness, the agencies are identifying areas for improvement in their contracting practices and are working to prioritize program funds going forward. The departments are now collecting data to conduct cost-benefit analyses of their programs to assess and predict the investment value of current and potential program offerings.