Public funding provides a vital piece of our financial sustainability.
The Academy was founded in 2017 as one of the first public-private partnerships in mental health on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Every year, approximately 45% of the Academy’s budget is covered by public funds allocated by Florida’s Department of Children and Families (note: the Academy raises the remaining 55% of its budget from the private sector, through fundraising campaigns, foundation support, and corporate donors.)
We are very grateful for the ongoing support provided to us by Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, our Florida Managing Entity that disburses substance abuse and mental health funding in our region.
Beginning in fiscal year 2022-23, the Academy has begun receiving additional mental health public funding from Sarasota and Manatee Counties.
The Creation of our Public-Private Partnership
Academy Director, William McKeever, is joined by in the studio by Larry Allen, former Chief Operating Officer of Central Florida Behavioral Health Network. (17 minutes)