NEXT TO LAST: Florida ranks 49th in funding for mental health, experts say

Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 at 14:20 PM.

The association, working with county sheriffs' offices,  determined many mental health cases involve patients who are off their medication due to financial difficulty.

The association partners with area pharmacies to provide emergency one-month supplies of medications when possible, costing the organization as much as $15,000 per year.

One in four of the chronically homeless, many of whom are military veterans, have mental health problems, many severe, she said.

But needy patients usually end up in a hospital emergency room, which is the most expensive treatment facility, but for the area, is the only option, Barr said.

HOW TO HELP

The Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties welcomes new members and donations to help support area mental health services. Annual dues are $30, payable by PayPal or check. Contact 244-1040 or pay at www.mhaow.org or 571 Mooney Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547.

Email News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes, follow him on Twitter or call 850-682-6524.



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