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Florida Senate - 2008 CS for CS for SB 1150

By the Committees on Judiciary; Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; and Senator Storms

590-07895-08 20081150c2

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A bill to be entitled

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An act relating to mental health and substance abuse;

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amending s. 394.4572, F.S.; requiring level II screening

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for all personnel who work with persons with mental

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illness; amending s. 394.462, F.S.; providing for HIV

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testing of persons being transported for mental health

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services upon the request of law enforcement officers or

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other designated agents who come into contact with the

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person's body fluids; requiring the county health

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department to provide HIV testing at no cost to such

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officers and agents; amending s. 394.67, F.S.; removing an

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obsolete reference to a corporation's contract with the

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Department of Children and Family Services and adding a

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reference to a corporation's licensure by the Agency for

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Health Care Administration to the definition of

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residential treatment center for children and adolescents;

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amending s. 394.674, F.S.; establishing priority

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populations who are eligible for services funded by the

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Department of Children and Family Services; authorizing

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the department to adopt rules; creating s. 394.4996, F.S.;

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authorizing the department to establish facilities that

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provide services as an integrated adult mental health

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crisis stabilization unit and addictions receiving

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facility; requiring licensure; providing eligibility

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criteria for treatment services; authorizing the

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department to adopt rules; amending s. 553.80, F.S.;

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requiring that local construction regulations for secure

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mental health treatment facilities be enforced by the

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department; amending s. 916.111, F.S.; requiring that a

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forensic evaluator training course be provided annually in

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order for mental health experts to be placed on the

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forensic evaluator registry; providing that mental health

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professionals that have taken the course within the last 5

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years remain on the registry; requiring mental health

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professionals on the registry to maintain training course

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documentation and provide the department with current

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information; amending s. 916.115, F.S.; allowing certain

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persons who are supervised by a person who has taken the

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forensic evaluator training course to assist in the

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forensic evaluation process; amending s. 916.13, F.S.;

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requiring defendants in the custody of the Department of

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Corrections who are adjudicated incompetent to remain in

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the custody of the Department of Corrections and receive

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treatment from the department; requiring the Department of

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Children and Family Services to determine whether the

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inmate has regained competency; providing timelines for

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competency hearings; amending s. 916.15, F.S.; providing a

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timeline for holding a commitment hearing for defendants

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who no longer meet the criteria for continued commitment

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by reason of insanity; providing an exception for

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defendants in the custody of the Department of

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Corrections; requiring defendants in the custody of the

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Department of Corrections who are charged with a new

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felony and found not guilty by reason of insanity to

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remain in the department's custody for the remainder of

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their sentence; requiring the Department of Children and

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Family Services to evaluate the inmate and file a report

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with the court requesting a hearing for determining

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continued commitment placement; amending s. 985.19, F.S.;

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requiring that experts appointed in juvenile incompetent-

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to-proceed cases be a psychiatrist, licensed psychologist,

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or physician and have completed the forensic evaluator

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training within 5 years prior to conducting evaluations

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for the court; providing that, beginning July 1, 2009,

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experts who have completed or retaken the course within

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the last 5 years remain on the registry; requiring experts

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on the registry to maintain training course documentation

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and provide the Department of Children and Family Services

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with current information; requiring the Department of

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Children and Family Services and the Agency for Health

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Care Administration to prepare a mental health plan to be

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submitted to the Legislature and the Governor; requiring a

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study by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and

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Governmental Accountability on mental health issues;

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providing an effective date.

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Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

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     Section 1.  Subsection (1) of section 394.4572, Florida

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Statutes, is amended to read:

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     394.4572  Screening of mental health personnel.--

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     (1)(a)  The department and the Agency for Health Care

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Administration shall require employment screening for mental

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health personnel using the standards for level 2 screening set

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forth in chapter 435. "Mental health personnel" includes all

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program directors, professional clinicians, staff members, and

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volunteers working in public or private mental health programs

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and facilities who have direct contact with unmarried patients

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under the age of 18 years. For purposes of this chapter,

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employment screening of mental health personnel shall also

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include, but is not limited to, employment screening as provided

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under chapter 435.

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     (b)  Students in the health care professions who are

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interning in a mental health facility licensed under chapter 395,

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where the primary purpose of the facility is not the treatment of

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minors, are exempt from the fingerprinting and screening

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requirements, provided they are under direct supervision in the

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actual physical presence of a licensed health care professional.

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     (c) Mental health personnel working in a facility licensed

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under chapter 395 who have less than 15 hours per week of direct

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contact with patients or who are health care professionals

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licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration or a board

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thereunder are exempt from the fingerprinting and screening

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requirements, except for persons working in mental health

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facilities where the primary purpose of the facility is the

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treatment of minors.

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     (c)(d) A volunteer who assists on an intermittent basis for

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less than 40 hours per month is exempt from the fingerprinting

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and screening requirements, provided the volunteer is under

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direct and constant supervision by persons who meet the screening

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requirements of paragraph (a).

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     Section 2.  Subsection (4) is added to section 394.462,

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Florida Statutes, to read:

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     394.462  Transportation.--

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     (4) HIV EXPOSURE.--

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     (a) In any case in which a law enforcement officer;

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employee of an emergency medical transport service, private

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transport company contracting with the county, or mobile crisis

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response service; or other designated agent of the county,

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department, or the court comes into contact with or is exposed to

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the body fluids of a person being taken into custody for the

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purpose of delivering him or her to a receiving or treatment

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facility, hospital, community mental health center, or other

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facility authorized to provide mental health evaluations or

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services pursuant to this chapter, the law enforcement officer,

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employee, or agent may seek a court order directing that the

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person who is the source of the significant exposure undergo HIV

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testing. A sworn statement by the law enforcement officer,

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employee, or agent that a significant exposure has occurred

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constitutes probable cause for the issuance of the order by the

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court. The order shall direct the person to undergo HIV testing

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within 48 hours after the issuance of the court order.

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     1. The testing shall be performed in accordance with s.

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     2. The results of the test shall be disclosed to the law

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enforcement officer, employee, or agent no later than 2 weeks

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after the court receives the results.

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     3. The results of the test are not admissible in any

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subsequent court proceeding involving the person being

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transported.

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     (b) A law enforcement officer; employee of an emergency

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medical transport service, private transport company contracting

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with the county, or mobile crisis response service; or other

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designated agent of the county, department, or the court who

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comes into contact with or is exposed to the body fluids of a

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person being transported pursuant to this section and who

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requests HIV testing may obtain such test from his or her

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respective county health department at no cost.

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     Section 3.  Subsection (21) of section 394.67, Florida

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Statutes, is amended to read:

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     394.67  Definitions.--As used in this part, the term:

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     (21)  "Residential treatment center for children and

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adolescents" means a 24-hour residential program, including a

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therapeutic group home, which provides mental health services to

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emotionally disturbed children or adolescents as defined in s.

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394.492(5) or (6) and which is a private for-profit or not-for-

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profit corporation licensed by the Agency for Health Care

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Administration under contract with the department which offers a

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variety of treatment modalities in a more restrictive setting.

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     Section 4.  Section 394.674, Florida Statutes, is amended to

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read:

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     394.674 Clinical Eligibility for publicly funded substance

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abuse and mental health services; fee collection requirements.--

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     (1)  To be eligible to receive substance abuse and mental

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health services funded by the department, a person must be a

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member of at least one of the department's priority populations

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target groups approved by the Legislature, pursuant to s.

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216.0166. The priority populations include:

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     (a) For adult mental health services:

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     1. Adults who have severe and persistent mental illness, as

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designated by the department using criteria which include

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severity of diagnosis, duration of the mental illness, ability to

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independently perform activities of daily living, and receipt of

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disability income for a psychiatric condition. Within this group

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priority populations include:

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     a. Older adults in crisis.

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     b. Older adults who are at risk of being placed in a more

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restrictive environment because of their mental illness.

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     c. Individuals deemed incompetent to proceed or not guilty

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by reason of insanity under chapter 916.

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     d. Other individuals with criminal justice involvement.

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     e. Individuals who have co-occurring mental illness and

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substance use disorders.

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     2. Adults experiencing an acute mental or emotional crisis

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as defined in s. 394.67(17).

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     (b) For children's mental health services:

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     1. Children who have a serious emotional disturbance.

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     2. Children who have an emotional disturbance.

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     3. Children who are at risk of emotional disturbance.

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     (c) For substance abuse services:

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     1. Adults who have substance use disorders and have a

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history of intravenous drug use.

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     2. Persons dually diagnosed as having co-occurring

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substance abuse and mental health disorders.

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     3. Parents putting children at risk due to a substance

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abuse disorder.

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     4. Persons who have a substance abuse disorder and have

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been ordered by the court to receive treatment.

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     5. Children at risk for initiating drug use.

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     6. Children under state supervision.

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     7. Children who have a substance abuse disorder but who are

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not under the supervision of a court or in the custody of a state

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agency.

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     8. Persons identified as a priority population as a

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condition of the receipt of the Substance Abuse Block Grant.

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     (2)  Crisis services, as defined in s. 394.67, must, within

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the limitations of available state and local matching resources,

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be available to each person who is eligible for services under

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subsection (1), regardless of the person's ability to pay for

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such services. A person who is experiencing a mental health

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crisis and who does not meet the criteria for involuntary

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examination under s. 394.463(1), or a person who is experiencing

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a substance abuse crisis and who does not meet the involuntary

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admission criteria in s. 397.675, must contribute to the cost of

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his or her care and treatment pursuant to the sliding fee scale

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developed under subsection (4), unless charging a fee is

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contraindicated because of the crisis situation.

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     (3)  Mental health services, substance abuse services, and

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crisis services, as defined in s. 394.67, must, within the

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limitations of available state and local matching resources, be

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available to each person who is eligible for services under

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subsection (1). Such person must contribute to the cost of his or

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her care and treatment pursuant to the sliding fee scale

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developed under subsection (4).

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     (4) The department shall adopt rules relating to client

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implement the clinical eligibility, client enrollment, and fee

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collection requirements for publicly funded substance abuse and

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mental health services. The rules must require that each provider

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under contract with the department which enrolls eligible persons

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into treatment to develop a sliding fee scale for persons who

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have a net family income at or above 150 percent of the Federal

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Poverty Income Guidelines, unless otherwise required by state or

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federal law. The sliding fee scale must use the uniform schedule

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of discounts by which a provider under contract with the

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department discounts its established client charges for services

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supported with state, federal, or local funds, using, at a

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minimum, factors such as family income, financial assets, and

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family size as declared by the person or the person's guardian.

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The rules must include uniform criteria to be used by all service

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providers in developing the schedule of discounts for the sliding

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fee scale. The rules must address the most expensive types of

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treatment, such as residential and inpatient treatment, in order

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to make it possible for a client to responsibly contribute to his

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or her mental health or substance abuse care without jeopardizing

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the family's financial stability. A person who is not eligible

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for Medicaid and whose net family income is less than 150 percent

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of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines must pay a portion of

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his or her treatment costs which is comparable to the copayment

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amount required by the Medicaid program for Medicaid clients

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pursuant to s. 409.9081. The rules must require that persons who

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receive financial assistance from the Federal Government because

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of a disability and are in long-term residential treatment

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settings contribute to their board and care costs and treatment

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costs and must be consistent with the provisions in s. 409.212.

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     (5)  A person who meets the eligibility criteria in

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subsection (1) shall be served in accordance with the appropriate

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district substance abuse and mental health services plan

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specified in s. 394.75 and within available resources.

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     (6) The department may adopt rules to administer this

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section.

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     Section 5.  Section 394.4996, Florida Statutes, is created

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to read:

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     394.4996 Integrated adult mental health crisis

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stabilization and addictions receiving facilities.--

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     (1) Beginning July 1, 2008, the Agency for Health Care

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Administration, in consultation with the Department of Children

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and Family Services, may license facilities that integrate

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services provided in an adult mental health crisis stabilization

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unit with services provided in an adult addictions receiving

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facility. Such a facility shall be licensed by the agency as an

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adult crisis stabilization unit under part IV and shall meet all

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licensure requirements for crisis stabilization units providing

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integrated services.

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     (2) An integrated mental health crisis stabilization unit

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and addictions receiving facility may provide services under this

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section to adults, 18 years of age or older, who fall into one or

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more of the following categories:

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     (a) An adult meeting the requirements for voluntary

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admission for mental health treatment under s. 394.4625.

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     (b) An adult meeting the criteria for involuntary

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examination for mental illness under s. 394.463.

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     (c) An adult qualifying for voluntary admission for

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substance abuse treatment under s. 397.601.

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     (d) An adult meeting the criteria for involuntary admission

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for substance abuse impairment under s. 397.675.

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     (3) The department, in consultation with the agency, shall

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adopt by rule standards that address eligibility criteria;

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clinical procedures; staffing requirements; operational,

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administrative, and financing requirements; and the investigation

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of complaints. Standards that are implemented specific to

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substance abuse treatment services shall meet or exceed existing

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standards for addiction receiving facilities.

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     Section 6.  Subsection (1) of section 553.80, Florida

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Statutes, is amended to read:

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     553.80  Enforcement.--

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     (1) Except as provided in paragraphs (a)-(g) (a)-(f), each

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local government and each legally constituted enforcement

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district with statutory authority shall regulate building

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construction and, where authorized in the state agency's enabling

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legislation, each state agency shall enforce the Florida Building

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Code required by this part on all public or private buildings,

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structures, and facilities, unless such responsibility has been

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delegated to another unit of government pursuant to s. 553.79(9).

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     (a)  Construction regulations relating to correctional

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facilities under the jurisdiction of the Department of

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Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice are to be

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enforced exclusively by those departments.

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     (b)  Construction regulations relating to elevator equipment

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under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Elevators of the

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Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall be

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enforced exclusively by that department.

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     (c) Construction regulations relating to secure mental

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health treatment facilities under the jurisdiction of the

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Department of Children and Family Services shall be enforced

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exclusively by that department.

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     (d)(c) In addition to the requirements of s. 553.79 and

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this section, facilities subject to the provisions of chapter 395

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and part II of chapter 400 shall have facility plans reviewed and

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construction surveyed by the state agency authorized to do so

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under the requirements of chapter 395 and part II of chapter 400

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and the certification requirements of the Federal Government.

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     (e)(d) Building plans approved under s. 553.77(3) and

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state-approved manufactured buildings, including buildings

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manufactured and assembled offsite and not intended for

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habitation, such as lawn storage buildings and storage sheds, are

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exempt from local code enforcing agency plan reviews except for

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provisions of the code relating to erection, assembly, or

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construction at the site. Erection, assembly, and construction at

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the site are subject to local permitting and inspections. Lawn

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storage buildings and storage sheds bearing the insignia of

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approval of the department are not subject to s. 553.842. Such

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buildings that do not exceed 400 square feet may be delivered and

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installed without need of a contractor's or specialty license.

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     (f)(e) Construction regulations governing public schools,

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state universities, and community colleges shall be enforced as

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provided in subsection (6).

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     (g)(f) The Florida Building Code as it pertains to toll

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collection facilities under the jurisdiction of the turnpike

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enterprise of the Department of Transportation shall be enforced

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exclusively by the turnpike enterprise.

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The governing bodies of local governments may provide a schedule

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of fees, as authorized by s. 125.56(2) or s. 166.222 and this

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section, for the enforcement of the provisions of this part. Such

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fees shall be used solely for carrying out the local government's

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responsibilities in enforcing the Florida Building Code. The

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authority of state enforcing agencies to set fees for enforcement

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shall be derived from authority existing on July 1, 1998.

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However, nothing contained in this subsection does not shall

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operate to limit such agencies from adjusting their fee schedule

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in conformance with existing authority.

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     Section 7.  Section 916.111, Florida Statutes, is amended to

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read:

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     916.111  Training of mental health experts.--The evaluation

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of defendants for competency to proceed or for sanity at the time

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of the commission of the offense shall be conducted in such a way

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as to ensure uniform application of the criteria enumerated in

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Rules 3.210 and 3.216, Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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     (1) A forensic evaluator training course approved by the

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department must be provided at least annually to ensure that

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mental health professionals have the opportunity to be placed on

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the department's forensic evaluator registry.

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     (a) Beginning July 1, 2009, experts shall remain on the

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registry if they have completed or retaken the required training

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within the previous 5 years. Those who have not completed the

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required training within the previous 5 years shall be removed

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from the registry and may not conduct evaluations for the courts.

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     (b) A mental health professional who has completed the

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training course within the previous 5 years is responsible for

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maintaining documentation of completion of the required training

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and providing the department with current contact information.

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     (2) The department shall develop, and may contract with

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accredited institutions:

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     (a)(1) To provide:

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     1.(a) A plan for training mental health professionals to

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perform forensic evaluations and to standardize the criteria and

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procedures to be used in these evaluations;

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     2.(b) Clinical protocols and procedures based upon the

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criteria of Rules 3.210 and 3.216, Florida Rules of Criminal

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Procedure; and

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     3.(c) Training for mental health professionals in the

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application of these protocols and procedures in performing

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forensic evaluations and providing reports to the courts; and

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     (b)(2) To compile and maintain the necessary information

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for evaluating the success of this program, including the number

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of persons trained, the cost of operating the program, and the

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effect on the quality of forensic evaluations as measured by

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appropriateness of admissions to state forensic facilities and to

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community-based care programs.

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     Section 8.  Subsection (1) of section 916.115, Florida

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Statutes, is amended to read:

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     916.115  Appointment of experts.--

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     (1)  The court shall appoint no more than three experts to

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determine the mental condition of a defendant in a criminal case,

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including competency to proceed, insanity, involuntary placement,

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and treatment. The experts may evaluate the defendant in jail or

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in another appropriate local facility or in a facility of the

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Department of Corrections.

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     (a) To the extent possible, the Appointed experts must

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shall have completed forensic evaluator training as provided in

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s. 916.111 approved by the department, and each shall be a

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psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, or physician.

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     (b) Graduate students completing a practicum or internship,

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psychological specialists or counselors, and postdoctoral fellows

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at the state's mental health treatment facilities may assist in

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the evaluation process as long as their reports are overseen and

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signed by a supervising evaluator who has completed forensic

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evaluator training within the previous 5 years.

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     (c)(b) The department shall maintain and annually provide

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the courts with a forensic evaluator registry list of available

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mental health professionals who have completed the approved

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training as experts.

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     Section 9.  Section 916.13, Florida Statutes, is amended to

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read:

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     916.13  Involuntary commitment of defendant adjudicated

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incompetent.--

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     (1) Except for a defendant who is serving a sentence in the

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custody of the Department of Corrections, a Every defendant who

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is charged with a felony and who is adjudicated incompetent to

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proceed may be involuntarily committed for treatment upon a

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finding by the court of clear and convincing evidence that:

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     (a)  The defendant has a mental illness and because of the

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mental illness:

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     1.  The defendant is manifestly incapable of surviving alone

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or with the help of willing and responsible family or friends,

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including available alternative services, and, without treatment,

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the defendant is likely to suffer from neglect or refuse to care

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for herself or himself and such neglect or refusal poses a real

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and present threat of substantial harm to the defendant's well-

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being; or

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     2.  There is a substantial likelihood that in the near

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future the defendant will inflict serious bodily harm on herself

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or himself or another person, as evidenced by recent behavior

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causing, attempting, or threatening such harm;

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     (b)  All available, less restrictive treatment alternatives,

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including treatment in community residential facilities or

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community inpatient or outpatient settings, which would offer an

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opportunity for improvement of the defendant's condition have

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been judged to be inappropriate; and

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     (c)  There is a substantial probability that the mental

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illness causing the defendant's incompetence will respond to

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treatment and the defendant will regain competency to proceed in

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the reasonably foreseeable future.

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     (2)(a) A defendant who has been charged with a felony and

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who has been adjudicated incompetent to proceed due to mental

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illness, and who meets the criteria for involuntary commitment to

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the department under the provisions of this chapter, may be

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committed to the department, and the department shall retain and

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treat the defendant. Within No later than 6 months after the date

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of admission and at the end of any period of extended commitment,

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or at any time the administrator or designee shall have

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determined that the defendant has regained competency to proceed

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or no longer meets the criteria for continued commitment, the

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administrator or designee shall file a report with the court

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pursuant to the applicable Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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     (b) A defendant who is serving a sentence in the custody of

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the Department of Corrections, who is charged with a new felony

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or is entitled to a mandatory appeal pursuant to Rule 3.851,

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Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, and who has been adjudicated

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incompetent to proceed due to mental illness shall be retained in

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the physical custody of the Department of Corrections and the

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department shall administer a lesson plan for competency

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restoration training provided by the Department of Children and

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Family Services. Within 6 months after the administration of the

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lesson plan and every 12 months thereafter, or at any time the

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Department of Children and Family Services determines that the

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defendant has regained competency to proceed, the Department of

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Children and Family Services shall file a report with the court

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pursuant to the applicable Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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     (c) Within 15 days after the court receives notification

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that a defendant is competent to proceed or no longer meets the

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criteria for continued commitment, the defendant shall be

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transported back to jail pursuant to s. 916.107(10) for the

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purpose of holding a competency hearing.

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     (d) A competency hearing shall be held within 30 days after

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a court receives notification that the defendant is competent to

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proceed.

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     Section 10.  Section 916.15, Florida Statutes, is amended to

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read:

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     916.15  Involuntary commitment of defendant adjudicated not

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guilty by reason of insanity.--

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     (1)  The determination of whether a defendant is not guilty

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by reason of insanity shall be determined in accordance with Rule

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3.217, Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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     (2) Except for a defendant who is serving a sentence in the

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custody of the Department of Corrections, a defendant who is

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acquitted of criminal charges because of a finding of not guilty

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by reason of insanity may be involuntarily committed pursuant to

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such finding if the defendant has a mental illness and, because

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of the illness, is manifestly dangerous to himself or herself or

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others.

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     (3) Except for a defendant who is serving a sentence in the

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custody of the Department of Corrections, a Every defendant

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acquitted of criminal charges by reason of insanity and found to

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meet the criteria for involuntary commitment may be committed and

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treated in accordance with the provisions of this section and the

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applicable Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure. The department

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shall admit a defendant so adjudicated to an appropriate facility

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or program for treatment and shall retain and treat such

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defendant.

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     (a) Within No later than 6 months after the date of

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admission, prior to the end of any period of extended commitment,

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or at any time the administrator or designee has shall have

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determined that the defendant no longer meets the criteria for

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continued commitment placement, the administrator or designee

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shall file a report with the court pursuant to the applicable

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Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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     (b) Within 15 days after the court receives notification

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that the defendant no longer meets the criteria for continued

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commitment placement, the defendant shall, pursuant to s.

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916.107(10), be transported back to jail for the purpose of

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holding a commitment hearing.

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     (c) A commitment hearing shall be held within 30 days after

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the court receives notification that the defendant no longer

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meets the criteria for continued commitment placement.

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     (4) A defendant who is serving a sentence in the custody of

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the Department of Corrections, who has been charged with a new

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felony, and who has been adjudicated not guilty by reason of

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insanity shall be retained in the physical custody of the

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Department of Corrections for the remainder of his or her

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sentence. Within 30 days before the defendant's anticipated

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release date, the Department of Children and Family Services

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shall evaluate the defendant and file a report with the court

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requesting that the defendant be returned to the court's

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jurisdiction to determine if the defendant continues to meet the

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criteria for continued commitment placement.

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     (5)(4) In all proceedings under this section, both the

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defendant and the state shall have the right to a hearing before

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the committing court. Evidence at such hearing may be presented

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by the hospital administrator or the administrator's designee as

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well as by the state and the defendant. The defendant shall have

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the right to counsel at any such hearing. If In the event that a

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defendant is determined to be indigent pursuant to s. 27.52, the

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public defender shall represent the defendant. The parties shall

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have access to the defendant's records at the treating facilities

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and may interview or depose personnel who have had contact with

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the defendant at the treating facilities.

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     Section 11.  Paragraphs (b) and (d) of subsection (1) of

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section 985.19, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:

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     985.19  Incompetency in juvenile delinquency cases.--

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     (1)  If, at any time prior to or during a delinquency case,

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the court has reason to believe that the child named in the

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petition may be incompetent to proceed with the hearing, the

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court on its own motion may, or on the motion of the child's

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attorney or state attorney must, stay all proceedings and order

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an evaluation of the child's mental condition.

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     (b)  All determinations of competency shall be made at a

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hearing, with findings of fact based on an evaluation of the

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child's mental condition made by not less than two nor more than

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three experts appointed by the court. The basis for the

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determination of incompetency must be specifically stated in the

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evaluation and shall be conducted in compliance with uniform

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procedures relating to competency to proceed and evaluation

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criteria. In addition, a recommendation as to whether residential

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or nonresidential treatment or training is required must be

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included in the evaluation. Experts appointed by the court to

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determine the mental condition of a child shall be allowed

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reasonable fees for services rendered. State employees may be

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paid expenses pursuant to s. 112.061. The fees shall be taxed as

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costs in the case.

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     (d) Appointed experts shall have completed forensic

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evaluator training approved by the Department of Children and

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Family Services within 5 years before conducting evaluations for

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the court, and each shall be a psychiatrist, licensed

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psychologist, or physician.

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     1.(d) For incompetency evaluations related to mental

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illness, the Department of Children and Family Services shall

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maintain and annually provide the courts with a list of available

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mental health professionals who have completed a training program

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approved by the Department of Children and Family Services to

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perform the evaluations. Beginning July 1, 2009, experts shall

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remain on the list as long as they have completed or retaken the

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forensic evaluator training within the previous 5 years. Those

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who have not completed the required training within the previous

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5 years shall be removed from the list and may not conduct

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evaluations for the courts.

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     2. Experts are responsible for maintaining documentation of

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completion of the required training and providing the department

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with current contact information during the 5-year effective

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period of the required training.

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     Section 12. The Department of Children and Family Services

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and the Agency for Health Care Administration, in consultation

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with the Florida Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation

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and the Criminal Justice, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse

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Technical Assistance Center, shall prepare a plan relating to the

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provision and management of mental health services for

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consideration by the Legislature.

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     (1) The plan shall, at a minimum, include the following:

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     (a) A review and evaluation of the structure of governance

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of mental health services and recommendations that will improve

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the coordination of services at the local and state level,

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maximize the use of resources, and inform and link target

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populations with available services.

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     (b) A review and evaluation of, and recommendations

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concerning, the development of methodologies to accurately

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estimate target populations for mental health services, the

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service needs of each target population, and the availability of

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services.

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     (c) Proposed guidelines for the development and

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implementation of community-based mental health programs and

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services that reduce the likelihood of future involvement with

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the criminal justice system.

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     (d) Proposed guidelines for the development and

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implementation of programs and services that facilitate the

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transition and successful reentry into the community by providing

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a continuum of mental health services to persons released from

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criminal justice or forensic facilities.

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     (e) Recommended performance measures and reporting

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requirements for state and local programs and services specified

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in paragraphs (c) and (d).

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     (f) Proposed guidelines and strategies for providing a

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continuum of care to persons receiving competency restoration

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services.

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     (2) The plan shall be submitted to the Governor, the

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President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of

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Representatives by January 1, 2010.

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     Section 13. The Office of Program Policy Analysis and

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Government Accountability shall conduct a study and make

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recommendations relating to mental health services by January

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2009. The study shall include a review of the following:

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     (1) Mental health courts in this state compared with

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similar courts in other states.

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     (2) Mental health funding in this state compared with

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mental health funding in other states.

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     (3) A review of cost-containment strategies for mental

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health services in other states.

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     (4) Mental health diversion programs in this state compared

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with similar programs in other states.

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     Section 14.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2008.

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