Mental health providers to collect, provide data

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate has approved a bill that would require facilities that treat mentally ill patients who have been temporarily committed to submit data annually.

The bill (SB 1726) passed Friday with a 38-0 vote. The required information would include licensed beds, beds used and the number of indigent clients using those beds.

Lawmakers have wrestled with the funding of crisis stabilization units. The Legislature in 2012 mandated that the state create a pay-per-case plan rather than the current system.

The bill adjusts a previous plan under which Baker Act providers would be paid based on bed capacity rather than a set fee.

The Baker Act allows for the involuntary institutionalization of mentally ill individuals if authorities believe they might cause harm to themselves or others.

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