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Health and Human Services

Health and Human Services

Health and human services within Miami-Dade County help to improve the quality of life and promote independence for our residents by providing health care, housing and social and human services to those in need. By streamlining the delivery of resources to targeted communities including children, seniors and families, Miami-Dade County is comprehensively addressing the needs of individuals and families from early childhood to late adulthood through advocacy, education and service delivery.

  • With an increase of more than 20 percent over the previous year, the Homeownership Assistance Program (HAP) provided by Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT), provided 429 first-time homebuyers across Miami-Dade County with down payment and closing costs assistance totaling more than $2.6 million in FY2014-15.
  • MDEAT’s Miami-Dade County Teen Court, is the largest teen court program in Florida, and provides an alternative sanctioning program for first-time juvenile offenders and provides the offender population with workshops in entrepreneurship covering such topics as business start-up, marketing, and economics. The program served 457 first-time juvenile offenders during the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year and maintained its low recidivism rate of 2 percent. The student court component of teen court served an additional 792 teens at 15 public high schools throughout Miami-Dade County. 
  • The Second Annual Black Male Youth Mental Health Conference Series: Helping to Guide Parents, Youth, and Police: Creating Policies and Practices to Secure a Harmonious Community, hosted by MDEAT, attracted more than 500 participants and was based on the prior theme of equipping mental health service providers, community leaders, educators, parents, and youth on how to produce positive outcomes with black male youth.
  • Nearly 10,000 low-income residents who are living with HIV and AIDS have received access to medical care and support services through a federal grant totaling approximately $27.2 million.
  • Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD) rehabilitated over 1,300 public housing units in 2015 while significantly reducing its public housing vacancy unit count that resulted in over 480 additional families being housed within the last year at no additional expense to the County. At the end of FY2015, the occupancy rate for public housing was at an all-time high of 97 percent.
  • PHCD will receive a High Performer rating of 93 percent for FY 2015 for its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section Eight Management Assessment Program measures the performance and administration of the program in 14 key areas. Contributing to the success of the program was an effort to maximize all funding in providing rental housing assistance to eligible families.
  • As part of the Mayor’s highly successful Engage305 Initiative, the Juvenile Services Department (JSD) has recruited and trained willing faith-based volunteers to form the JSD Chaplaincy Program. This program, which is on its way to becoming a statewide model, is designed to provide comfort to those in need and serve as a stabilizing force for JSD’s employees and their clients during times of stress, grief, and hardship. As a result of this effort, additional faith-based providers have been added to JSD’s service delivery network.
  • The Miami-Dade County Youth Commission, staffed by JSD personnel, celebrated its fifth year of existence in 2015. Noteworthy events and activities sponsored by the Youth Commission include a countywide Youth Art Speak Exhibit and Youth Leadership conference; a joint meeting with the Board of County Commissioners; communitywide youth/police dialogues; and trips to Washington, D.C. and Tallahassee to present youth-related issues.
  • In 2015, the Homeless Trust (HT) placed over 15,000 homeless adults and children into emergency, transitional or permanent housing.
  • More homeless veterans will have access to affordable housing as a result of the allocation of 45 additional HUD Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Vouchers, bringing the total number of VASH vouchers to 249. VASH has been a key component to the effort to end veterans’ homelessness by December 2015.

  • Miami-Dade County, together with the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, City of Miami and Miami VA, has led an unprecedented effort to house homeless veterans in our community. Nearly 500 veterans have been placed into permanent housing since Jan. 1, 2015. Systems have been coordinated to ensure homelessness for those who have served our country is rare, brief and non-recurring. Between January 2014 and January 2015, data indicates the percentage of homeless veterans on our streets dropped from 15 percent to less than 3 percent. Since that time, the VA has awarded HT additional monies to assist with its January 21, 2015 Point-In-Time Count.
  • Community Action and Human Services Department’s (CAHSD) Head Start/Early Head Start division served 8,163 children and their families; more than 2,908 were projected to enter kindergarten. 
  • The Head Start/Early Head Start program now services 814 more children at no additional cost to local taxpayers; and the program was awarded an additional grant of $4.1M, with 9 new providers and 240 new children.
  • FY 2015, CAHSD awarded scholarships to 20 students, from various target areas, totaling $42,000. These scholarships were made possible by fundraising activities of the advisory committees and matching dollars from the Community Services Block Grant.
  • CAHSD’s Greater Miami Service Corps (GMSC) connects low-income young people to positive pathways that provide a foundation towards self-sufficiency. This year seven members earned a high school diploma, nine members earned their hospitality training credentials through Miami-Dade College, and 108 GMSC members received $267,969 in educational scholarships.
  • The Meals on Wheels Program delivered 131,698 nutritionally-balanced meals to 475 homebound clients, along with nutrition education and counseling, to help prevent malnutrition and other health-related conditions. Additional funds have been awarded to MOW program which have assisted in reducing the wait list by 20%.
  • Locations were announced for the first five locations of Jackson Health System’s new urgent-care network, bringing Jackson facilities to North Miami Beach, South Beach, Miami Gardens, Cutler Bay, and Country Walk. This is the beginning of a new outpatient strategy designed to broaden access, improve care, reduce costs, and—above all—build wellness in Miami-Dade County. Jackson also transferred another facility to the City of Opa-locka to be used for further expansion of community healthcare services.
  • With the oversight of both the Public Health Trust Board of Trustees and an independent Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Jackson approved investment of more than $187 million in new facilities, technology, and medical equipment. This is part of a $1.4 billion plan that will secure Jackson’s position as a global leader and the local provider of choice.
  • For the fifth consecutive year, all Jackson hospitals were recognized by Human Rights Campaign as leaders in LGBT healthcare.
  • Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center was again ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine named five specialties—nephrology, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, cardiology and heart surgery, and neonatology—for which Holtz Children’s is among the nation’s top 50 care destinations.






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