The Pew MacArthur Results First Initiative in Florida
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 in order to provide policymakers with information they need to 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.
Both the secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, Julie L. Jones, and the secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice, Christina Daly, are committed to applying the Results First approach as an evidence-based budgetary tool. The agencies and the Results First team are working together to compile program inventories in adult criminal justice and juvenile justice to help the state prioritize funding and efficiently spend resources.
The agency teams will begin data collection in adult criminal justice and juvenile justice, aiming to supply data that will aid the agencies and pilot counties in their execution of the governor’s executive orders on criminal justice programming and mental health services.