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Diabetes Self Management Education and Support

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Diabetes Self Management Education and Support (DSMES) 

DSMES is a great service recommended for people with type 2 diabetes. The service can be tailored to meet individual needs or provided in a group setting.  DSMES can be provided via telehealth however, at this time there are no locations in Florida where this is being provided.

DSMES services provide people with information to help manage diabetes, such as:

  • Understanding what the disease is
  • How your medication works
  • What foods are best to eat
  • Being active
  • Coping with emotions and stress
  • Working with your provider to get needed support
  • Self-management tools and apps
  • Reducing your risk for other health problems

How do you know you are receiving quality DSME?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) authorizes two organizations, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialist (ADCES) to certify DSMES programs as meeting the national standards.  The designation of ADA recognition or ADCES accreditation assures participants in these DSMES programs that they are receiving quality services1].

DSMES is covered by insurance.

DSMES is a private insurance covered service per 627.6408 Florida Statute. If you have any difficulty with insurance coverage of diabetes self-management education, contact the Office of Insurance Regulation Consumer Hotline at 1-877-693-5236.

Find an ADA-recognized DSMES program near you:

American Diabetes Association - Provider Search Page

Find an ADCES-accredited DSMES program near you:

Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialist - Florida Programs


County health departments (CHDs) are leaders in diabetes prevention and management. The following CHDs offer quality diabetes prevention programs and/or diabetes self-management education services.

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Programs

Florida Department of Health in Alachua County
224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641
(352) 334-7962

Florida Department of Health in Bay County
597 W 11Th St, Panama City, FL 32401-2330
(850) 252-9656 and/or (850) 252-6609 

Florida Department of Health in Jackson County
4979 Healthy Way, Marianna, FL 32446-7993
(850) 526-2412

Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County 
1105 E. Kennedy Blvd. 
Tampa, FL 33602-3551
(813) 307-8009

Florida Department of Health in Putnam County
2801 Kennedy Street, Palatka, FL 32177
(386) 326-3200

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DSMES Accreditation and Recognition Process. Accessed October 29, 2019.