Florida Senate - 2018                                    SB 1440
       By Senator Powell
       30-01433-18                                           20181440__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to mental illness training for law
    3         enforcement officers; creating s. 943.17161, F.S.;
    4         requiring the Department of Law Enforcement to
    5         establish a continued employment training component
    6         relating to mental illness; defining the term “mental
    7         illness”; specifying instruction to be included in the
    8         training component; providing that completion of the
    9         training may count toward continued employment or
   10         appointment instruction requirements; providing an
   11         effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Section 943.17161, Florida Statutes, is created
   16  to read:
   17         943.17161 Continued employment training relating to mental
   18  illness.—The department shall establish a continued employment
   19  training component relating to mental illness as defined in s.
   20  394.455. The training component shall include, but need not be
   21  limited to, instruction on the recognition of the symptoms and
   22  characteristics of an individual with a mental illness and
   23  appropriate responses to an individual exhibiting such symptoms
   24  and characteristics. Completion of the training component may
   25  count toward the 40 hours of instruction for continued
   26  employment or appointment as a law enforcement officer required
   27  under s. 943.135.
   28         Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2018.