Florida Senate - 2018 SB 444 By Senator Bean 4-00186-18 2018444__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to pregnancy support services; 3 creating s. 381.96, F.S.; providing definitions; 4 requiring the Department of Health to contract with a 5 not-for-profit statewide alliance of organizations to 6 provide pregnancy support services through 7 subcontractors; providing duties of the department; 8 providing contract requirements; requiring the 9 contractor to spend a specified percentage of funds on 10 direct client services; providing for subcontractor 11 background screenings under certain circumstances; 12 requiring the contractor to annually survey 13 subcontractors; specifying the entities eligible for a 14 subcontract; requiring services to be provided in a 15 noncoercive manner; forbidding the inclusion of faith 16 based content in informational materials; providing an 17 effective date. 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Section 381.96, Florida Statutes, is created to 22 read: 23 381.96 Pregnancy support services.— 24 (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 25 (a) “Department” means the Department of Health. 26 (b) “Eligible client” means a pregnant woman or a woman who 27 suspects that she is pregnant, and the family of such a woman, 28 who voluntarily seeks pregnancy support services. The period of 29 eligibility may continue for, but may not exceed, 12 months 30 after the birth of the child. 31 (c) “Florida Pregnancy Care Network, Inc.,” or “network” 32 means the not-for-profit statewide alliance of pregnancy support 33 organizations that provide pregnancy support services through a 34 comprehensive system of care to women and their families. 35 (d) “Pregnancy support services” means services that 36 promote and encourage childbirth, including, but not limited to: 37 1. Direct client services, such as pregnancy testing, 38 counseling, referral, training, and education for pregnant women 39 and their families. 40 2. Program awareness activities, including a promotional 41 campaign to educate the public about the pregnancy support 42 services offered by the network and a website that provides 43 information on the location of providers in the user’s area, as 44 well as other available community resources. 45 3. Communication activities, including the operation and 46 maintenance of a hotline or call center with a single statewide 47 toll-free telephone number which is available 24 hours a day for 48 an eligible client to obtain the location and contact 49 information for a pregnancy center located in his or her area. 50 (e) “Wellness services” means services or activities 51 intended to maintain and improve health or prevent illness and 52 injury, including, but not limited to, high blood pressure 53 screening, influenza vaccines, anemia testing, thyroid 54 screening, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, assistance 55 with smoking cessation, and tetanus vaccines. 56 (2) DEPARTMENT DUTIES.—The department shall contract with 57 the network for the management and delivery of pregnancy support 58 services to eligible clients. 59 (3) CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS.—The department contract must 60 specify the contract deliverables, including financial reports 61 and other reports due to the department, timeframes for 62 achieving contractual obligations, and any other requirements 63 that the department determines are necessary, such as staffing 64 and location requirements. The contract must require the network 65 to: 66 (a) Establish, implement, and monitor a comprehensive 67 system of care through subcontractors which meets the pregnancy 68 support and wellness needs of eligible clients. 69 (b) Establish and manage subcontracts with a sufficient 70 number of providers to ensure the availability of pregnancy 71 support and wellness services for eligible clients and maintain 72 and manage the delivery of such services throughout the contract 73 period. 74 (c) Spend at least 90 percent of contract funds on 75 pregnancy support and wellness services. 76 (d) Offer wellness services through vouchers or other 77 appropriate arrangements that allow the purchase of services 78 from qualified health care providers. 79 (e) Require a background screening, as provided in s. 80 943.0542, for all paid staff and volunteers of a subcontractor 81 if such staff or volunteers provide direct client services to an 82 eligible client who is a minor or an elderly person or who has a 83 disability. 84 (f) Annually survey its subcontractors and specify the 85 sanctions that will be imposed for noncompliance with the terms 86 of a subcontract. 87 (g) Subcontract only with providers that exclusively 88 promote and support childbirth. 89 (h) Ensure that informational materials provided to an 90 eligible client by a provider are current and accurate and cite 91 the source of any medical statement included in the materials. 92 (4) SERVICES.—Services provided pursuant to this section 93 must be provided in a noncoercive manner and instructional 94 materials may not include any faith-based content. 95 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.