Florida Senate - 2017 SB 1094 By Senator Gainer 2-01341-17 20171094__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Forensic Hospital Diversion 3 Pilot Program; amending s. 916.185, F.S.; authorizing 4 the Department of Children and Families to implement a 5 Forensic Hospital Diversion Pilot Program in Okaloosa 6 County in conjunction with the First Judicial Circuit 7 in Okaloosa County; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section 12 916.185, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 13 916.185 Forensic Hospital Diversion Pilot Program.— 14 (3) CREATION.—There is authorized a Forensic Hospital 15 Diversion Pilot Program to provide competency-restoration and 16 community-reintegration services in either a locked residential 17 treatment facility when appropriate or a community-based 18 facility based on considerations of public safety, the needs of 19 the individual, and available resources. 20 (a) The department may implement a Forensic Hospital 21 Diversion Pilot Program modeled after the Miami-Dade Forensic 22 Alternative Center, taking into account local needs and 23 resources in Okaloosa County, in conjunction with the First 24 Judicial Circuit in Okaloosa County; in Duval County, in 25 conjunction with the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Duval County; in 26 Broward County, in conjunction with the Seventeenth Judicial 27 Circuit in Broward County; and in Miami-Dade County, in 28 conjunction with the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade 29 County. 30 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.