Florida Senate - 2019 SB 84 By Senator Rodriguez 37-00310-19 201984__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to conversion therapy; creating s. 3 456.064, F.S.; defining the term “conversion therapy”; 4 prohibiting a person who is licensed to provide 5 professional counseling or a practitioner who is 6 licensed under provisions regulating the practice of 7 medicine, osteopathic medicine, psychology, clinical 8 social work, marriage and family therapy, or mental 9 health counseling from practicing or performing 10 conversion therapy for an individual who is younger 11 than a specified age; providing that such licensee or 12 practitioner is subject to disciplinary proceedings by 13 the Department of Health and the appropriate board 14 under certain circumstances; providing an effective 15 date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Section 456.064, Florida Statutes, is created to 20 read: 21 456.064 Conversion therapy.— 22 (1) As used in this section, the term “conversion therapy” 23 means any practice or treatment performed with the goal of 24 changing an individual’s sexual orientation, including, but not 25 limited to, efforts to change behavior, gender identity, or 26 gender expression, or to reduce or eliminate sexual or romantic 27 attraction or feelings toward a person of the same gender. The 28 term does not include professional counseling that provides: 29 (a) Support to an individual actively undergoing gender 30 transition; or 31 (b) Acceptance, support, and understanding of an individual 32 or that facilitates an individual’s coping, social support, and 33 identity exploration and development, including sexual 34 orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful 35 conduct or unsafe sexual practices, provided that the goal of 36 such support is not to change the individual’s sexual 37 orientation or gender identity. 38 (2) A person who is licensed to provide professional 39 counseling or who provides counseling as part of his or her 40 professional practice under chapter 458, chapter 459, chapter 41 490, or chapter 491, including, but not limited to, a medical 42 practitioner, osteopathic physician, psychologist, 43 psychotherapist, clinical social worker, marriage and family 44 therapist, or mental health counselor, may not practice or 45 perform conversion therapy for an individual younger than 18 46 years of age. Any such licensed professional who practices or 47 performs or attempts to practice or perform conversion therapy 48 for an individual younger than 18 years of age engages in 49 unprofessional conduct and is subject to disciplinary 50 proceedings by the department and the appropriate board. 51 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.