Florida Senate - 2020 CS for SB 1586 By the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; and Senators Hooper and Perry 586-02773-20 20201586c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the First Responders Suicide 3 Deterrence Task Force; amending s. 14.2019, F.S.; 4 establishing the task force adjunct to the Statewide 5 Office for Suicide Prevention of the Department of 6 Children and Families; specifying the task force’s 7 purpose; providing for the composition and the duties 8 of the task force; requiring the task force to submit 9 reports to the Governor and the Legislature on an 10 annual basis; providing for future repeal; providing 11 an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Subsection (5) is added to section 14.2019, 16 Florida Statutes, to read: 17 14.2019 Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention.— 18 (5) The First Responders Suicide Deterrence Task Force, a 19 task force as defined in s. 20.03(8), is created adjunct to the 20 Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention. 21 (a) The purpose of the task force is to make 22 recommendations on how to reduce the incidence of suicide and 23 attempted suicide among employed or retired first responders in 24 this state. 25 (b) The task force is composed of a representative of the 26 statewide office and a representative of each of the following 27 first responder organizations, nominated by the organization and 28 appointed by the Secretary of Children and Families: 29 1. The Florida Professional Firefighters. 30 2. The Florida Police Benevolent Association. 31 3. The Florida Fraternal Order of Police: State Lodge. 32 4. The Florida Sheriffs Association. 33 5. The Florida Police Chiefs Association. 34 6. The Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association. 35 (c) The task force shall elect a chair from among its 36 membership. Except as otherwise provided, the task force shall 37 operate in a manner consistent with s. 20.052. 38 (d) The task force shall identify or make recommendations 39 on developing training programs and materials that would better 40 enable first responders to cope with personal life stressors and 41 stress related to their profession and foster an organizational 42 culture that: 43 1. Promotes mutual support and solidarity among active and 44 retired first responders; 45 2. Trains agency supervisors and managers to identify 46 suicidal risk among active and retired first responders; 47 3. Improves the use and awareness of existing resources 48 among active and retired first responders; and 49 4. Educates active and retired first responders on suicide 50 awareness and help-seeking. 51 (e) The task force shall identify state and federal public 52 resources, funding and grants, first responder association 53 resources, and private resources to implement identified 54 training programs and materials. 55 (f) The task force shall report on its findings and 56 recommendations for training programs and materials to deter 57 suicide among active and retired first responders to the 58 Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the 59 House of Representatives by each July 1, beginning in 2021, and 60 through 2023. 61 (g) This subsection is repealed July 1, 2023. 62 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.