Note: Quite a few of Florida's documents require Adobe for PDF files. Please see Tools For Viewing
Vital Records-Vital Statistics consists of information on obtaining certificates
of birth, death, marriage, and dissolution of marriage.
-Contact Information - Find out who to contact to obtain Domestic Violence assistance or to volunteer your services.
-Safety Plan - If you are in an abusive relationship, be prepared to get away. Read these
suggestions to properly prepare yourself.
11 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) that are located throughout the state. These agencies then provide services directly
or through local providers to the elder citizens of our great state.
Community Care for the Elderly is a state-funded program for frail elders, age 60 and older.
Eligibility is based, in part, on a client's inability to perform certain daily tasks essential for independent living, such
as meal preparation, bathing or grooming. Additional community based services included adult day health care, home health
aide, counseling home repair, medical therapeutic care, home nursing and emergency alert response. Community Care for the
Elderly clients are assessed a co-payment, based on their ability to pay for services received.
Consumer Resource Guide. This Consumer Resource Guide is about services for elders. Its purpose is to give you, the consumer,
the information you need about the services that are available. HTML version. For a complete of the printed
version, please download a (2 MG).zipped PDF FILE [239 pages]
Elder Services In Florida-Services in your neighborhood (PDF FILES)
The Florida Consumer Directed Care Project
(CDC) - Department of Elder Affairs directed program for financially
and functionally eligible frail elders, adults with physical disabilities, parents of children with developmental disabilities
and adults with developmental disabilities who are willing and able to direct their own services are encouraged to apply.
Consumer Directed Care is not intended for Medicaid waiver consumers who need case management assistance and cannot accept
responsibility for their own care.
Boca Raton Interfaith in Action
Call: 561-391-7401 or
An organization founded to maintain dignity and independence
while enhancing the quality of life of home-bound individuals and their caregivers. Now developing and implementing
a Comprehensive Family Caregiver Support Program, funded by the Quantum Foundation.
Polk County Caregiver's Organization
charitable organization for education and the provision of assistance, supplies, care, information, counseling, nurturing,
shelter, transportation, advocacy, public discussion, lectures and recognition to aid and encourage family caregivers and
give them a voice in the Polk County community and throughout the state of Florida.
About Children's Mental Health -Floridas public-funded childrens mental health system serves eligible children with
serious emotional disturbance, children with emotional disturbance, and children at risk of emotional disturbance, within
the amount of funds appropriated for these services.
Child Support Services-locating missing parents, establishing legal paternity, and establishing,
enforcing, and modifying support orders.
KidCare -Florida KidCare offers affordable,
low-cost health insurance for the uninsured children of Florida.
New Hope Center, Inc.100 East Sybelia Avenue, Suite 300
Maitland, FL 32751
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgProvides assistance to Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Brevard County residents
by granting the wishes of terminally ill children.
Substance Abuse Prevention-Information regarding the Florida Youth Initiative Program, Prevention Programs (special
projects), and the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey.
West Coast Dental Association (813) 931-3018
The Developmental Disabilities Home and Community-based
Waiver program (also called the Medicaid Waiver) is a mechanism to provide care in community-based settings, as an alternative
to institutional care. Contact Information The addresses and phone numbers for district/regional staff.
TAC - is a national organization that works to achieve positive outcomes on behalf
of people with disabilities or other special needs by providing state-of-the-art information, capacity building, and technical
expertise to organizations and policymakers in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, human services, and affordable
Provides legal requirement(s), fees etc involved in establishing guardianship in the State
Health Care Advance Directives
Adult Care Food Program -Provides meal reimbursement to eligible Licensed Adult Day Care Centers and others.
Promotes the improvement and/or maintenance of the nutritional status of Florida's community-based elderly and functionally
impaired adults that attend eligible day care programs. Providing
assistance to low income families through the Food Stamp, Medicaid and Temporary Cash Assistance Programs.
Assistance Program and Link-Up Florida are designed to ensure that all residents of Florida
have access to telephone service and connections in their homes.
Private Fuel Funds - There are non-federal dollars available from local fuel funds, which frequently
are contributed by your neighbors when they pay their utility bill. Ask the state energy assistance office for the local phone
number of the fuel fund nearest your residence.
Meals On Wheels Association of America -represents those who provide congregate and home-delivered
meals services to people in need.
PO Box 4486
Clearwater, FL 33758
financial assistance for rent or mortgage payments, emergency needs in situations of catastrophic loss (fire, flood, earthquake),
utility bills (water, electricity, gas). Request will only be considered if a letter is attached from a pastoral or agency
letter. Payments will be sent directly to the creditor.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Assumption Catholic Church
Jacksonville, FL Zip: 32207
Provides the following programs: Emergency Food Distribution To Those In Need, Distribution
of Lunches To Transients, Emergency Financial Assistance, Visits To The Homebound And Those In Nursing Homes, Receipt And
Distribution of Clothing, Referral Of Clients To Appropriate Community Agencies For Additional Assistance
The purpose of the Temporary Cash Assistance program is to provide temporary financial
help to eligible low-income families. The program is designed to end dependence by needy parents on government benefits by
promoting training, job preparation and work.
Cash Assistance FAQs -TANF State Plan
Managed Health Care
The Bureau of Managed Health Care plays an important role in AHCA's mission to champion
accessible, affordable, quality health care for all Floridians through the oversight and monitoring of a variety of programs.
Florida Hospital Services Guide - Visit the Florida Hospital Services Guide to locate the
services in your area by medical conditions, surgeries, statistics and medical specialties.
Medicaid - continued
Medicaid - During your interview, the eligibility specialist will determine your eligibility for all public
assistance programs.This will include Medicaid, Temporary Cash Assistance and Food Stamps. You can apply for Medicaid
at any Department of Children and Families (DCF) office.Click here for a complete list of DCF offices in your area
- Additional information about Medicaid for low income families is available in the Family-Related Medicaid Fact Sheet.
Information regarding the income and asset limits for Medicaid for low income families and children
can be found on the
Medicaid/SSI Related Programs in Florida
(PDF, 170KB) -A fact sheet that summarizes Medicaid programs for aged and disabled people, including the institutional
care program. Explains eligibility criteria, and gives contact names and phone numbers.
Medicaid for Elderly or Disabled - The State of Florida has several programs
designed to provide Medicaid to low income individuals who are either elderly (65 or older) or disabled.This is referred
to as SSI Related Medicaid. Additional information about Medicaid for elderly or disabled individuals is available
in the SSI-Related Programs Fact Sheet
Medicare Assistance (SHINE)
- If you need individual assistance, the Department offers our SHINE
program. SHINE stands for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders and is a statewide network of trained volunteer counselors
that can provide you with free
insurance counseling and information about your Medicare
and health insurance coverage. To contact a SHINE volunteer, call the Florida Elder Helpline, toll-free, at 1-800-963-5337
or click here to obtain a listing of Elder Helplines
in each of Florida's 67 counties.
MediPass - Medicaid Provider Access System (MediPass) is a primary care case management program for
Medicaid recipients developed and administered by Florida Medicaid. For more information call 888-419-3456 between
the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. Eastern Time Monday through Friday.
SSI-Related Programs Fact Sheet
contains information about Medicaid eligibility criteria for the aged, blind and disabled, including Medicare cost-sharing
coverage for Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs), Specified Low-Income Beneficiaries (SLMBs), and coverage for Qualified
Medicare Plan Choices in Florida - Explains the various types of Medicare health plan options currently available in Florida including original
Medicare and managed care plans.
DJJ Home - Department of Juvenile Justice homepage
Long Term Care
Home Care For the Elderly (HCE)-
provides a subsidy payment to help caregivers maintain low-income elders in their own home or in the
home of a caregiver. The monthly basic subsidy payment is made to the caregiver fro support and health maintenance, and to
assist with food, housing, clothing, and medical care of the client. There is also a special subsidy available to assist with
specialized health care needs. An eligible HCE participant must be at risk for nursing home placement.
Contact: (850) 414-2000
Long-Term Care- This guide gives information about long-term care options.
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Assisted Living for Frail Elders Waiver
- for clients age 60 or older who are at risk of nursing home placement and meet additional specific functional
criteria. Additional support and services are made available, in Assisted Living Facilities with Extended Congregate Care
or Limited Nursing Services Licenses, to provide the right person, the right services, in the right place.
Public Guardianship Program - The
Public Guardianship program provides guardianship services for incapacitated persons when a private guardianship is not available.
The Guardianship program provides a public guardian only to those persons whose needs cannot be met through less drastic means
of intervention. For more information on the Public Guardianship Program, please call 813-974-1649 or contact the Elder Help
Line in your area by calling 1-800-963-5337.
- Florida Statute 394.463, Baker Act
Involuntary Examination is a means of providing individuals with emergency services and temporary detention for mental health
evaluation and treatment when required, either on a voluntary or an involuntary basis.
Marchman Act -
A Petition to Marchman Act may be obtained in the Mental Health division of the Probate
Clerk's Office. Marchman Act is a means of providing an individual in need of substance abuse services with emergency
services and temporary detention for substance abuse evaluation and treatment when required, either on a voluntary or involuntary
basis. A minor may seek voluntary admission for substance abuse services without parental or guardian consent.
- Locate a Substance Abuse or Mental Health Provider in your area.
Prescription Drug Assistance
Medication/Drug Assistance-Zepherhills, FL
Neighborhood Care Center
Provides emergency medication assistance to individuals on a one time only basis. Each case is evaluated and determined
for eligibility for resident in Zepherhills
doubles the current monthly benefits, providing $160 a month in prescription drug benefits. It's named after retiring
Senator Ron Silver of North Miami, and will serve about 58,000 elderly Floridians who are Medicare eligible and have family
incomes between 88 - 120 percent of the federal poverty level (between $7,797-$10,632). Download Application for Print: DOC
Prescription Assistance Fact Sheet
(PDF, 256KB) A fact sheet that summarizes various prescription assistance programs,that may help with the cost of prescriptions
drugs, including pharmaceutical discounts, state and federal programs and uninsured or under 65 consumer.
Caregiver Respite Programs - The Florida Department of Elder
Affairs administers three volunteer-based programs. Volunteers may spend up to four hours per visit,
providing companionship to a frail, homebound elder. Activities may include conversation, reading together, playing board
games, or perhaps preparing a light snack.
Consumer Resource Guide. This Guide is about services for elders. Its purpose is to give you, the consumer, the information you need about the services
that are available.
RELIEF Program- offers family members and loved ones providing constant care for a frail elder and those stricken with Alzheimer's
disease and related dementia a much needed break.
Senior Companion Program- is a national service peer volunteer program, which is part of the National Senior Service Corps. Provide services to elders at risk of institutionalization due to chronic illnesses, disabilities or isolation
Health Rehabilitation Therapies -
For additional information on rehabilitative therapies contact your
doctor, local health clinic or call the Elder Helpline (1-800-963-5337).
- To insure the availability of efficient, cost-effective, and quality trans-portation services
for transportation disadvantaged persons. Toll-free: (866)-374-3368 ext. 5700. General Information: Joann.Hutchinson@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Veterans Information
Florida's "Veterans Benefit Guide, tour a state veterans' nursing home, sign up for our electronic newsletter
VA Domicliary Care -
Robert H. Jenkins, Jr. Veterans' Domiciliary Home of Florida
Located in Lake City, our home provides care to honorably discharged veterans. Veterans must be in need of Assistance with
Activities of Daily Living (ADL)- i.e., grooming, medications, feeding, or food preparation due to disease or disability.
1-year resident of Florida (at time of application).
VA Medical Centers
- Including medical examination and treatment, transportation, optometrists,dental, surgical services, wheelchairs, artificial
limbs, and adaptive appliances
Veteran Nursing Homes
- Criteria & Requirements: Candidates must be veterans with qualifying war or peace-time service, be a resident
of Florida for one year immediately prior to applying for admission and must require long-term care in a skilled nursing facility
necessary medical services to eligible
veterans on an outpatient basis to include
medical examination and related medical
services, drugs,rehabilitation, counseling
and mental health services as necessary
for the treatment of physical or mental