Florida Senate - 2021 SB 1582 By Senator Rouson 19-01896-21 20211582__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Task Force on the Monitoring of 3 Children in Out-of-Home Care; creating s. 39.4092, 4 F.S.; creating the Task Force on the Monitoring of 5 Children in Out-of-Home Care for specified purposes; 6 providing for membership; authorizing the task force 7 to conduct meetings through teleconferences; 8 prohibiting members from being reimbursed for per diem 9 or travel expenses; requiring monthly reports to the 10 secretary of the Department of Children and Families; 11 requiring the task force to annually submit certain 12 recommendations to the Governor and Legislature; 13 providing an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Section 39.4092, Florida Statutes, is created to 18 read: 19 39.4092 Task Force on the Monitoring of Children in Out-of 20 Home Care.— 21 (1) The Task Force on the Monitoring of Children in Out-of 22 Home Care, a task force as defined in s. 20.03(8), is 23 established within the Department of Children and Families. The 24 task force shall be composed of 15 members. Five members shall 25 be appointed by the Governor, five members shall be appointed by 26 the President of the Senate, and five members shall be appointed 27 by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The task force 28 shall be composed of representatives from the Department of 29 Children and Families, the Department of Law Enforcement, the 30 Guardian Ad Litem Program, Safe Kids Florida within the 31 Department of Health, community-based care lead agencies, and 32 Child Protection Teams. Each member shall serve at the pleasure 33 of the appointing official. A vacancy on the task force shall be 34 filled in the same manner as the original appointment. 35 (2) The task force shall annually elect a chair from among 36 its members. 37 (3) The task force shall meet as necessary in order to 38 complete its task. The task force may conduct its meetings 39 through teleconferences or other similar electronic means. 40 Members of the task force are not entitled to receive 41 reimbursement for per diem or travel expenses. 42 (4) The task force shall develop a statewide system for 43 collecting information on, and monitoring the whereabouts and 44 safety of, children who have been placed in out-of-home care. 45 The task force shall explore ways to improve the use of 46 technology, training, communication, and cooperation among all 47 entities involved in the child welfare system in order to 48 improve the quality of care of children placed in out-of-home 49 care and to identify children who are at risk for being lost. 50 The task force shall develop statewide uniform guidelines, 51 standards, and protocols to effectively respond when a child in 52 out-of-home care is reported missing. 53 (5) The task force shall submit monthly reports on the 54 number of children who have gone missing, and the reason why, if 55 known, from out-of-home care to the secretary of the Department 56 of Children and Families. Beginning January 1, 2022, and every 57 year thereafter, the task force shall submit its recommendations 58 for developing a statewide monitoring system and uniform 59 guidelines as required under subsection (4) to the Governor, the 60 President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of 61 Representatives. 62 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.