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Area of Critical Need Facility Designations
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Areas of Critical Need
The list of approved areas of critical need within Florida previously displayed on the Department’s website is no longer applicable, as the Department has streamlined the process in determining if a practice is in an area of critical need. On November 30, 2020, the State Surgeon General issued a Determination, which identifies the areas of critical need in Florida to be Health Professional Shortage Areas (HSPA), designated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, as displayed at: https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/shortage-area/hpsa-find.
To determine if an address is in a HPSA go to : Find Shortage Areas: HPSA by Address
Applicants of temporary certificates to practice will apply through the Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) website located at: https://flboardofmedicine.gov/licensing/temporary-certificate-for-practice-in-areas-of-critical-need/