Florida Senate - 2020 SB 160 By Senator Perry 8-00235A-20 2020160__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to peer-to-peer support for first 3 responders; creating s. 111.09, F.S.; defining terms; 4 prohibiting a person who is not a health care 5 practitioner and who provides peer-to-peer support to 6 a first responder from testifying or divulging 7 specified information under certain circumstances; 8 providing exceptions; prohibiting liability and a 9 cause of action under certain circumstances; providing 10 an effective date. 11 12 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 13 14 Section 1. Section 111.09, Florida Statutes, is created to 15 read: 16 111.09 Peer-to-peer support for first responders.— 17 (1) For purposes of this section, the term: 18 (a) “First responder” has the same meaning as provided in 19 s. 112.1815 and includes public safety communications officers, 20 dispatchers, and 911 or other phone system operators whose job 21 duties include providing support or services to first 22 responders. 23 (b) “Health care practitioner” has the same meaning as 24 provided in s. 456.001. 25 (c) “Peer-to-peer support” means any conversation or 26 communication between a first responder and a person who is not 27 a health care practitioner but who has experience working as or 28 with a first responder regarding any physical or emotional 29 conditions or issues associated with the first responder’s 30 employment. 31 (2) A person who is not a health care practitioner and who 32 provides peer-to-peer support to a first responder may not 33 testify in any civil, criminal, administrative, or disciplinary 34 proceeding or otherwise divulge information obtained during such 35 peer-to-peer support, except when any of the following occur: 36 (a) The person providing peer-to-peer support is a 37 defendant in a civil, criminal, administrative, or disciplinary 38 proceeding arising from a complaint filed by the first 39 responder, in which case such information may be divulged but is 40 limited to the scope of the proceeding. 41 (b) The first responder agrees, in writing, to allow the 42 person to testify about or divulge information related to the 43 peer-to-peer support. 44 (c) There are articulable facts or circumstances that would 45 lead a reasonable, prudent person to fear for the safety of the 46 first responder, another person, or society, and the person 47 providing peer-to-peer support communicates the information only 48 to the potential victims, appropriate family members, or law 49 enforcement or other appropriate authorities. There is no 50 liability on the part of, and no cause of action of any nature 51 may arise against, the person for disclosing information under 52 this paragraph. 53 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.