CFO Alex Sink's Statement on BP's $3 Million grant to Florida for Mental Health Assistance
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TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink offered the following statement after BP announced that it will provide Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) with $3 million for the agency and its community partners to provide mental health services and conduct outreach to individuals living and working in counties affected by the oil spill.
“Even though the oil leak has been capped, its widespread effects are not over, and they continue to take a significant toll on our coastal businesses, communities and their families,” said CFO Alex Sink. “I will continue to fight for fairness within the claims process, and hope these efforts by DCF provide immediate relief to Floridians who have been forced to cope with the environmental, financial and emotional consequences resulting from this oil spill.”
On July 30, DCF submitted a proposal to BP for $5.6 million to provide mental health services. BP is also making a $10 million contribution to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration for phone lines, outreach, other resources, and Florida will benefit from that.
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