The Florida Department of Children and Families came under fire recently over its handling of the mentally ill at jails and other correctional facilities. The issue has become so serious that Governor Bush has called for an emergency meeting of the Legislative Budget Commission to address the issue in January. Join Carson Cooper for an in depth discussion on the next Florida Matters.
Drug and alcohol abuse is often thought of as a problem among teens and young adults, but experts say that alcoholism and drug abuse have reached epidemic proportions among older adults. And, as the "Baby Boomer" generation starts to reach retirement age, addiction and recovery experts are bracing for a dramatic increase in the number of elder addicts.
On this edition of Florida Matters:a look back at the top stories that impacted Tampa Bay and West Central Florida in 2006. From tragedy at a juvenile boot camp to insurance woes, property tax increases and election controversy - it's been an eventful year in Florida.