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       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SB 1404
       
       
       
       By the Committee on Military Affairs and Domestic Security
       
       
       
       
       583-01508-10                                          20101404__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to veterans’ suicide prevention;
    3         directing the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, in
    4         partnership with the Statewide Office for Suicide
    5         Prevention and the Division of Community Colleges, to
    6         establish the veterans’ suicide prevention pilot
    7         project, subject to the availability of funding;
    8         specifying the purpose of the project; providing
    9         project requirements; providing staff activities;
   10         requiring an evaluation report for the Governor and
   11         Legislature; providing for project expiration;
   12         amending s. 14.20195, F.S.; revising the membership of
   13         the Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council to include
   14         at least one veteran appointed by the Governor;
   15         providing an effective date.
   16  
   17  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   18  
   19         Section 1. Veterans’ suicide prevention pilot project.—
   20         (1) PURPOSE.—The Department of Veterans’ Affairs, in
   21  partnership with the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention and
   22  the Division of Community Colleges, and subject to the
   23  availability of public or private funding, shall establish a
   24  pilot project at a community college or vocational technical
   25  training facility in a rural section of the state considered
   26  underserved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
   27  The purpose of the pilot project is to reduce the incidence of
   28  suicide among veterans by conducting outreach activities and
   29  increasing access to services and supports for veterans and
   30  their families who may be in need of mental health services and
   31  suicide prevention counseling.
   32         (2) PILOT PROJECT.—The pilot project must:
   33         (a) Provide outreach to veterans, their families, and the
   34  community in order to increase information on and access to
   35  services for veterans who are at risk of suicide.
   36         (b) Develop a veteran-to-veteran peer support program that
   37  reaches out to veterans on a continual basis.
   38         (c)Provide linkage and access-assistance services for
   39  veterans and their families to community mental health services
   40  and United States Department of Veterans Affairs mental health
   41  counseling services.
   42         (3)PILOT PROJECT STAFF ACTIVITIES.—Pilot project staff may
   43  provide veterans’ benefits assistance services, organize and
   44  lead a veterans’ peer-to-peer support program, conduct liaison
   45  and outreach with local mental health facilities and the United
   46  States Department of Veterans Affairs health care system,
   47  provide outreach to educational facility faculty and community
   48  resources in order to educate persons about the risk of suicide
   49  among veterans and the warning signs of potential suicide which
   50  may be unique to veterans, and assist veterans and their
   51  families in obtaining needed mental health counseling services
   52  through all available federal, state, and local resources.
   53         (4)PROJECT EVALUATION REPORT.—The department shall provide
   54  the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of
   55  the House of Representatives with a report that includes a
   56  description of the project design, an evaluation of project
   57  efficacy, a review of best practices developed during the
   58  project, and recommendations regarding the application of best
   59  practices to other areas of the state. The report is due by
   60  March 1, 2013.
   61         (5)EXPIRATION.—The pilot project shall expire July 1,
   62  2013.
   63         Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 14.20195, Florida
   64  Statutes, is amended to read:
   65         14.20195 Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council; creation;
   66  membership; duties.—There is created within the Statewide Office
   67  for Suicide Prevention a Suicide Prevention Coordinating
   68  Council. The council shall develop strategies for preventing
   69  suicide.
   70         (2) MEMBERSHIP.—The Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council
   71  shall consist of 29 28 voting members.
   72         (a) Fourteen members shall be appointed by the director of
   73  the Office of Drug Control and shall represent the following
   74  organizations:
   75         1. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation
   76  described in s. 394.655.
   77         2. The Florida Association of School Psychologists.
   78         3. The Florida Sheriffs Association.
   79         4. The Suicide Prevention Action Network USA.
   80         5. The Florida Initiative of Suicide Prevention.
   81         6. The Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition.
   82         7. The Alzheimer’s Association.
   83         8. The Florida School Board Association.
   84         9. Volunteer Florida.
   85         10. The state chapter of AARP.
   86         11. The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association.
   87         12. The Florida Council for Community Mental Health.
   88         13. The Florida Counseling Association.
   89         14. NAMI Florida.
   90         (b) The following state officials or their designees shall
   91  serve on the coordinating council:
   92         1. The Secretary of Elderly Affairs.
   93         2. The State Surgeon General.
   94         3. The Commissioner of Education.
   95         4. The Secretary of Health Care Administration.
   96         5. The Secretary of Juvenile Justice.
   97         6. The Secretary of Corrections.
   98         7. The executive director of the Department of Law
   99  Enforcement.
  100         8. The executive director of the Department of Veterans’
  101  Affairs.
  102         9. The Secretary of Children and Family Services.
  103         10. The director of the Agency for Workforce Innovation.
  104         (c) The Governor shall appoint five four additional members
  105  to the coordinating council. At least four of the appointees
  106  must have expertise that is critical to the prevention of
  107  suicide or represent an organization that is not already
  108  represented on the coordinating council. At least one of the
  109  appointees must be a veteran.
  110         (d) For the members appointed by the director of the Office
  111  of Drug Control, seven members shall be appointed to initial
  112  terms of 3 years, and seven members shall be appointed to
  113  initial terms of 4 years. For the members appointed by the
  114  Governor, three two members shall be appointed to initial terms
  115  of 4 years, and two members shall be appointed to initial terms
  116  of 3 years. Thereafter, such members shall be appointed to terms
  117  of 4 years. Any vacancy on the coordinating council shall be
  118  filled in the same manner as the original appointment, and any
  119  member who is appointed to fill a vacancy occurring because of
  120  death, resignation, or ineligibility for membership shall serve
  121  only for the unexpired term of the member’s predecessor. A
  122  member is eligible for reappointment.
  123         (e) The director of the Office of Drug Control shall be a
  124  nonvoting member of the coordinating council and shall act as
  125  chair.
  126         (f) Members of the coordinating council shall serve without
  127  compensation. Any member of the coordinating council who is a
  128  public employee is entitled to reimbursement for per diem and
  129  travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061.
  130         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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