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       Florida Senate - 2010                             CS for SB 1404
       
       
       
       By the Committees on Military Affairs and Domestic Security; and
       Military Affairs and Domestic Security
       
       
       
       583-02386-10                                          20101404c1
    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 Department of Children and Family
    6         Services, to seek federal funding for a grants program
    7         that addresses veterans’ outreach and suicide
    8         prevention; amending s. 14.20195, F.S.; revising the
    9         membership of the Suicide Prevention Coordinating
   10         Council to include veterans appointed by the Governor;
   11         providing an effective date.
   12  
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   14  
   15         Section 1. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs, in
   16  collaboration with the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention
   17  and the Department of Children and Families Services, shall seek
   18  federal funding for veterans’ outreach and suicide prevention
   19  programs and initiatives. Subject to the receipt of such
   20  funding, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall implement and
   21  administer a veterans’ outreach and suicide prevention grants
   22  program. The department may focus grant awards to those areas of
   23  the state which are considered underserved by United States
   24  Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities and to
   25  veterans who are otherwise ineligible for health care services
   26  under the federal veterans’ benefits system. Programs and
   27  initiatives awarded grants by the department must include both
   28  veterans and their families in outreach and suicide prevention
   29  efforts and coordinate their efforts with the United States
   30  Department of Veterans Affairs.
   31         Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 14.20195, Florida
   32  Statutes, is amended to read:
   33         14.20195 Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council; creation;
   34  membership; duties.—There is created within the Statewide Office
   35  for Suicide Prevention a Suicide Prevention Coordinating
   36  Council. The council shall develop strategies for preventing
   37  suicide.
   38         (2) MEMBERSHIP.—The Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council
   39  shall consist of 30 28 voting members.
   40         (a) Fourteen members shall be appointed by the director of
   41  the Office of Drug Control and shall represent the following
   42  organizations:
   43         1. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Corporation
   44  described in s. 394.655.
   45         2. The Florida Association of School Psychologists.
   46         3. The Florida Sheriffs Association.
   47         4. The Suicide Prevention Action Network USA.
   48         5. The Florida Initiative of Suicide Prevention.
   49         6. The Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition.
   50         7. The Alzheimer’s Association.
   51         8. The Florida School Board Association.
   52         9. Volunteer Florida.
   53         10. The state chapter of AARP.
   54         11. The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association.
   55         12. The Florida Council for Community Mental Health.
   56         13. The Florida Counseling Association.
   57         14. NAMI Florida.
   58         (b) The following state officials or their designees shall
   59  serve on the coordinating council:
   60         1. The Secretary of Elderly Affairs.
   61         2. The State Surgeon General.
   62         3. The Commissioner of Education.
   63         4. The Secretary of Health Care Administration.
   64         5. The Secretary of Juvenile Justice.
   65         6. The Secretary of Corrections.
   66         7. The executive director of the Department of Law
   67  Enforcement.
   68         8. The executive director of the Department of Veterans’
   69  Affairs.
   70         9. The Secretary of Children and Family Services.
   71         10. The director of the Agency for Workforce Innovation.
   72         (c) The Governor shall appoint six four additional members
   73  to the coordinating council. At least four of the appointees
   74  must have expertise that is critical to the prevention of
   75  suicide or represent an organization that is not already
   76  represented on the coordinating council. At least two of the
   77  appointees must be veterans, of whom one must be currently
   78  enrolled as a student.
   79         (d) For the members appointed by the director of the Office
   80  of Drug Control, seven members shall be appointed to initial
   81  terms of 3 years, and seven members shall be appointed to
   82  initial terms of 4 years. For the members appointed by the
   83  Governor, two members shall be appointed to initial terms of 4
   84  years, and two members shall be appointed to initial terms of 3
   85  years. Thereafter, such members shall be appointed to terms of 4
   86  years. Any vacancy on the coordinating council shall be filled
   87  in the same manner as the original appointment, and any member
   88  who is appointed to fill a vacancy occurring because of death,
   89  resignation, or ineligibility for membership shall serve only
   90  for the unexpired term of the member’s predecessor. A member is
   91  eligible for reappointment.
   92         (e) The director of the Office of Drug Control shall be a
   93  nonvoting member of the coordinating council and shall act as
   94  chair.
   95         (f) Members of the coordinating council shall serve without
   96  compensation. Any member of the coordinating council who is a
   97  public employee is entitled to reimbursement for per diem and
   98  travel expenses as provided in s. 112.061.
   99         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2010.

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