What They are Saying about APD Successfully Implementing Senate Bill 82

“In keeping with Governor Ron DeSantis’ priority to support our state’s most vulnerable citizens, the Agency for Health Care Administration recognizes the importance of improving the quality of service to individuals with disabilities and their families,” said Secretary Simone Marstiller. “The implementation of SB 82 will enhance the level of critical care services for those who depend on the Medicaid waiver program and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.”

“SB 82 has brought on many challenges to Waiver Support Coordinators and members of SCAF. Waiver Support Coordinators from around the state have risen to the challenge transitioning to Qualified Organizations. These changes should strengthen the quality and consistency of support coordination across the state,” said Support Coordinators Association of Florida Chairperson Laura Mohesky.

Association of Support Coordination Agencies in Florida Chairman Ryan Chandler said, “We look forward to continuing to work with the agency to implement the changes brought about by SB 82, to bring more consistent Waiver Support Coordination service delivery to the individuals we serve.”

FARF Executive Director Tyler Sununu said, “We are appreciative that the Florida Legislature and Governor DeSantis recognized the need to serve individuals with severe maladaptive behaviors in our community Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Floridians with disabilities and their families needed additional service options afforded to them to best meet their needs. The community ICFs look forward to working with APD and AHCA to ensure the needs of Floridians with intellectual disabilities and behavioral challenges are met through this new level of care.”

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