Department of Health

Health Dept. Says Pot Licenses To Be Awarded This Fall A day after facing criticism for the pace of carrying out a 2014 medical-marijuana law, the Florida Department of Health has announced that it expects to issue key licenses to five nurseries this fall.
Senate Panel Wants Answers From DOH On Children's Health ProgramsA Florida Senate panel on Wednesday demanded answers from a state Department of Health official about how many special-needs children have recently lost services as the state transitions to a new Medicaid system --- and why.
Senate Proposal Allowing Medical Marijuana For Terminally IllTwo key lawmakers have proposed allowing terminally ill patients a cannabis cure to help grapple with pain.
Medical Marijuana Licensing Delays Lead To FrustrationWith the Department of Health unable to say when licenses will be issued in the state's new medical-marijuana industry, a House Republican on Tuesday blasted delays in carrying out a 2014 law billed as helping children with severe epilepsy.
Judge Rules Against State In Flap Over Children's Medical ProgramAn administrative law judge has ruled against the Florida Department of Health in a challenge involving the eligibility of children for a state program that provides specialized medical care.
Scott Signs Executive Order Tracking Mental Health ServicesAs the state Department of Children and Families convened its annual child-protection summit Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order aimed at better coordinating mental health services --- something DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said will help his agency provide improved care for children.
Women Walk To Promote Breastfeeding In MiamiLocal women are taking to the streets of Miami to promote breastfeeding in South Florida.
Judge To Decide Dispute About Special-Needs ChildrenAn administrative law judge is considering a challenge to the Florida Department of Health involving the eligibility of children for a state program that provides specialized medical care.
Florida DOH Confirms Year's First Case Of West Nile VirusThe Florida Department of Health wants Floridians and visitors to protect themselves from mosquitoes as the first case of West Nile virus illness for the year has been confirmed.
Florida DOH Offers Free Back-To-School ImmunizationsWhat do some students dislike more than actually going back to school? Getting a shot at the doctor’s office. But for children entering kindergarten and the 7th grade, chances are they are due for a vaccine to meet requirements for school entry.
Lawmakers Add Cash Infusion For Children's ProgramAfter worries about cuts earlier in the year, legislative leaders have agreed to pour $13 million into the Early Steps program, which serves babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities or delays.
Questions Raised After Kids Moved Out Of Health ProgramThe state last month removed about 2,000 children from a specialized program that provides services to medically fragile kids, finding that they were no longer "clinically eligible" under a new screening process.