Section 985.403, Florida Statutes 2004
985.403 Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offenders and their Victims.--
(1) The Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offenders and Victims of Juvenile Sexual Abuse and Crimes as created by s. 111, chapter 94-209, Laws of Florida, is renamed and continued as the Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offenders and their Victims.
(2) The task force shall have the expanded duty to:
(a) Study and recommend standards for specially licensed professionals to work with juvenile sexual offenders and their victims and recommend standards for certifying programs for the treatment of juvenile sexual offenders and their victims. The Juvenile Justice Standards and Training Commission and the Agency for Health Care Administration shall work with the task force to establish these standards.
(b) Evaluate and make recommendations regarding the use of Medicaid for the delivery of services at all levels of the system of services to eligible clients. These recommendations may include consideration of a change in the state Medicaid plan or the formal request for a waiver from the Federal Government.
(c) Establish training requirements and curricula for investigators, prosecutors, and judges. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Juvenile Justice Standards and Training Commission shall work with the task force on these training and curriculum requirements.
(d) Assist communities in establishing recommended community networks.
(e) Provide an avenue for public awareness regarding the issue of juvenile sexually offending behavior.
(f) Evaluate and recommend funding sources for services to be provided.
(g) Recommend quality assurance standards and outcome measures.
(h) Recommend statutory changes to facilitate prosecution of juvenile sexual offender cases.
History.--s. 10, ch. 95-266; s. 52, ch. 95-267; s. 63, ch. 97-238.
Note.--Former s. 39.0572.