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HB 1051 — Forensic Hospital Diversion Pilot Program

by Rep. Ponder and others (SB 1094 by Senator Gainer)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee (CF)

HB 1051 authorizes the Department of Children and Families to implement a Forensic Hospital Diversion Pilot Program in Okaloosa County in conjunction with the First Judicial Circuit. The purpose of the program is to provide competency-restoration and community-reintegration services in either a locked residential treatment facility when appropriate or a community-based facility based on consideration of public safety, the needs of the individual, and available resources.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2017.

Vote: Senate 37-0; House 117-0