Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 7012
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
       (Hooper) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with directory and title amendments)
    3         Between lines 113 and 114
    4  insert:
    5         (5) The First Responders Suicide Deterrence Task Force, a
    6  task force as defined in s. 20.03(8), is created adjunct to the
    7  Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention.
    8         (a) The purpose of the task force is to make
    9  recommendations on how to reduce the incidence of suicide and
   10  attempted suicide among employed or retired first responders in
   11  this state.
   12         (b) The task force is composed of a representative of the
   13  statewide office and a representative of each of the following
   14  first responder organizations, nominated by the organization and
   15  appointed by the Secretary of Children and Families:
   16         1. The Florida Professional Firefighters.
   17         2. The Florida Police Benevolent Association.
   18         3. The Florida Fraternal Order of Police: State Lodge.
   19         4. The Florida Sheriffs Association.
   20         5. The Florida Police Chiefs Association.
   21         6. The Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association.
   22         (c) The task force shall elect a chair from among its
   23  membership. Except as otherwise provided, the task force shall
   24  operate in a manner consistent with s. 20.052.
   25         (d) The task force shall identify or make recommendations
   26  on developing training programs and materials that would better
   27  enable first responders to cope with personal life stressors and
   28  stress related to their profession and foster an organizational
   29  culture that:
   30         1. Promotes mutual support and solidarity among active and
   31  retired first responders;
   32         2. Trains agency supervisors and managers to identify
   33  suicidal risk among active and retired first responders;
   34         3. Improves the use and awareness of existing resources
   35  among active and retired first responders; and
   36         4. Educates active and retired first responders on suicide
   37  awareness and help-seeking.
   38         (e) The task force shall identify state and federal public
   39  resources, funding and grants, first responder association
   40  resources, and private resources to implement identified
   41  training programs and materials.
   42         (f) The task force shall report on its findings and
   43  recommendations for training programs and materials to deter
   44  suicide among active and retired first responders to the
   45  Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the
   46  House of Representatives by each July 1, beginning in 2021, and
   47  through 2023.
   48         (g) This subsection is repealed July 1, 2023.
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   51  And the directory clause is amended as follows:
   52         Delete lines 82 - 83
   53  and insert:
   54  section 14.2019, Florida Statutes, are amended, paragraphs (e)
   55  and (f) are added to that subsection, and subsection (5) is
   56  added to that section, to read:
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   59  And the title is amended as follows:
   60         Delete line 4
   61  and insert:
   62         Office for Suicide Prevention; establishing the First
   63         Responders Suicide Deterrence Task Force adjunct to
   64         the office; specifying the task force’s purpose;
   65         providing for the composition and the duties of the
   66         task force; requiring the task force to submit reports
   67         to the Governor and the Legislature on an annual
   68         basis; providing for future repeal; amending s.
   69         14.20195,