Florida Senate - 2017                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1044
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  03/13/2017           .                                

       The Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (Garcia)
       recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 1693 and 1694
    4  insert:
    5         Section 28. Section 743.067, Florida Statutes, is amended
    6  to read:
    7         743.067 Certified unaccompanied homeless youths.—
    8         (1) For purposes of this section, the term ancertified
    9  unaccompanied homeless youth” means a minor who is a homeless
   10  child or youth or an unaccompanied youth, as those terms are
   11  defined in 42 U.S.C. s. 11434a., who has been certified as
   12  homeless or unaccompanied by is an individual who is 16 years of
   13  age or older and is:
   14         (a) A school district homeless liaison;
   15         (a) Found by a school district’s liaison for homeless
   16  children and youths to be an unaccompanied homeless youth
   17  eligible for services pursuant to the McKinney-Vento Homeless
   18  Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. ss. 11431-11435; or
   19         (b) Believed to qualify as an unaccompanied homeless youth,
   20  as that term is defined in the McKinney-Vento Homeless
   21  Assistance Act, by:
   22         (b)1. The director of an emergency shelter program funded
   23  by the United States Department of Housing and Urban
   24  Development, or the director’s designee; or
   25         (c)2. The director of a runaway or homeless youth basic
   26  center or transitional living program funded by the United
   27  States Department of Health and Human Services, or the
   28  director’s designee.;
   29         3. A clinical social worker licensed under chapter 491; or
   30         4. A circuit court.
   31         (2)(a)The Office on Homelessness within the Department of
   32  Children and Families shall develop a standardized form that
   33  must be used by the entities specified in subsection (1) to
   34  certify qualifying unaccompanied homeless youth. The form must
   35  include the circumstances that qualify the youth; the date the
   36  youth was certified; the name, title, and signature of the
   37  certifying individual; and a citation to this section. A minor
   38  who qualifies as an unaccompanied homeless youth shall be issued
   39  a written certificate documenting his or her status by the
   40  appropriate individual as provided in subsection (1). The
   41  certificate shall be issued on the official letterhead
   42  stationery of the person making the determination and shall
   43  include the date of the finding, a citation to this section, and
   44  the signature of the individual making the finding.
   45         (b) A certified unaccompanied homeless youth may use the
   46  completed form to apply at no charge for an identification card
   47  issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
   48  pursuant to s. 322.051(9).
   49         (c) A health care provider may accept the written
   50  certificate or identification card as proof of the minor’s
   51  status as a certified an unaccompanied homeless youth and may
   52  keep a copy of the certificate or identification card in the
   53  youth’s medical file.
   54         (3) A certified an unaccompanied homeless youth may:
   55         (a) Petition the circuit court to have the disabilities of
   56  nonage removed under s. 743.015. The youth shall qualify as a
   57  person not required to prepay costs and fees as provided in s.
   58  57.081. The court shall advance the cause on the calendar.
   59         (b) Notwithstanding s. 394.4625(1), consent to medical,
   60  dental, psychological, substance abuse, and surgical diagnosis
   61  and treatment, including preventative care and care by a
   62  facility licensed under chapter 394, chapter 395, or chapter 397
   63  and any forensic medical examination for the purpose of
   64  investigating any felony offense under chapter 784, chapter 787,
   65  chapter 794, chapter 800, or chapter 827, for:
   66         1. Himself or herself; or
   67         2. His or her child, if the certified unaccompanied
   68  homeless youth is unmarried, is the parent of the child, and has
   69  actual custody of the child.
   70         (4) This section does not affect the requirements of s.
   71  390.01114.
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   74  And the title is amended as follows:
   75         Between lines 108 and 109
   76  insert:
   77         amending s. 743.067, F.S.; defining the term
   78         “certified unaccompanied homeless youth”; requiring
   79         the Office on Homelessness within the Department of
   80         Children and Families to develop a standardized form
   81         to be used in the certification process; providing
   82         information that must be included in the form;
   83         authorizing a certified unaccompanied homeless youth
   84         to apply at no charge to the Department of Highway
   85         Safety and Motor Vehicles for an identification card;
   86         conforming terminology;