State’s New Health Budget Seeks Increase Funding For Child Welfare

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state Senate’s health budget proposal will increase funding to hire more child welfare investigators and boost programs for people with developmental disabilities.

Sen. Joe Negron’s $30 billion proposal is an increase from this year’s budget and includes state and federal money.

The Department of Children and Families would get nearly $10 million to increase salaries and help improve the high turnover rate of child protective investigators. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities would also get a boost of more than $75 million for their community-based waiver program which helps about 30,000 people a year.

But the Senate proposal also includes deep cuts for adult substance abuse and mental health programs.

The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriation is set to continue discussions Thursday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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