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Designated State Health Program

During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) was directed to seek federal approval for a designated state health program (DSHP) that will allow general revenue funds expended on behavioral health services to become eligible as state match for federal funds.

The Agency, in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), is soliciting public input on the proposal to create a DSHP to serve targeted populations that are enrolled in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Safety Net System administered by DCF in an effort to enhance long-term outcomes by increasing the use of coordinated, community-based services and supports and reducing the use of intensive services. These populations consist of Medicaid eligible individuals that are at high risk for poor health and social outcomes.

Public Meetings

Location Date Time


Agency for Health Care Administration 
6800 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Main Training Room
Tampa, FL 33614

August 30, 2017 1:00-3:00 pm


Agency for Health Care Administration
2727 Mahan Drive
Building 3, Conference Room B
Tallahassee, FL 32308

September 1, 2017 1:00-3:00 pm