Florida Senate - 2024                                    SB 1340
       By Senator Harrell
       31-00562C-24                                          20241340__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to coordinated systems of care for
    3         children; amending s. 397.96, F.S.; defining the term
    4         “care coordination”; providing requirements for care
    5         coordinators; conforming provisions to changes made by
    6         the act; creating s. 1006.05, F.S.; requiring certain
    7         school districts to adhere to a specified mental
    8         health and treatment support system for certain
    9         children, to address certain recommendations, and meet
   10         specified performance outcomes; requiring certain
   11         school districts to have a care coordinator provided
   12         by a managing entity placed in such districts for
   13         certain purposes; requiring each school district to
   14         report annually to the Department of Education on
   15         certain outcomes and funding; providing an effective
   16         date.
   18  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   20         Section 1. Section 397.96, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   21  read:
   22         397.96 Care coordination Case management for complex
   23  substance abuse cases.—
   24         (1) Contingent upon specific appropriations, it is the
   25  intent of the Legislature to provide for a more intensive level
   26  of care coordination case management for complex cases involving
   27  children who need substance abuse services. Such services shall
   28  be directed toward children receiving services from several
   29  agencies or programs to address the complex problems created by
   30  substance abuse, dependency, or addiction.
   31         (2) The department shall determine when a child receiving
   32  children’s substance abuse services under this part shall have a
   33  care coordinator case manager.
   34         (3) For the purposes of this section, “care coordination”
   35  has the same meaning as in s. 394.4573(1). “case management”
   36  means those activities aimed at:
   37         (a)Implementing a treatment plan;
   38         (b)Advocacy;
   39         (c)Linking services providers to a child and family;
   40         (d)Monitoring services delivery; and
   41         (e)Collecting information to determine the effect of
   42  services and treatment.
   43         (4) The care coordinator case manager shall periodically
   44  review services utilization to ascertain compliance with plans
   45  approved by the planning team.
   46         (5) In the attempt to minimize duplication, it is the
   47  intent of the Legislature that a child have no more than one
   48  care coordinator case manager.
   49         Section 2. Section 1006.05, Florida Statutes, is created to
   50  read:
   51         1006.05Mental health coordinated system of care.—
   52         (1)Pursuant to s. 394.491 and to further promote the
   53  effective implementation of a coordinated system of care
   54  pursuant to ss. 394.4573 and 394.495, each school district that
   55  provides mental health assessment, diagnosis, intervention,
   56  treatment, and recovery services to students diagnosed with one
   57  or more mental health or any co-occurring substance use disorder
   58  and students at high risk of such diagnoses shall be guided by
   59  and adhere to the guiding principles of the mental health
   60  treatment and support system as provided under s. 394.491.
   61         (2)(a)School districts shall contract with managing
   62  entities to provide care coordination as defined in s.
   63  394.4573(1) for students with complex behavioral health needs
   64  who continue to experience adverse outcomes due to unmet needs
   65  or an inability to engage.
   66         (b)A care coordinator provided by the managing entity
   67  shall be placed in each school district implementing a
   68  coordinated system of care under subsection (1) to ensure
   69  students are receiving necessary services and that appropriate
   70  funds are being used to support the cost of treatment, including
   71  Medicaid or other governmental or private health care or health
   72  insurance programs, before accessing school-based mental health
   73  treatment and support system funding to purchase community-based
   74  services.
   75         (c)School districts shall address recommendations from the
   76  care coordinator provided by the managing entity when a student
   77  is identified as having experienced an involuntary admission to
   78  an acute psychiatric care facility upon the return of the
   79  student to the school setting.
   80         (3)(a)Pursuant to s. 394.494, each school district shall
   81  meet the general performance outcomes for the child and
   82  adolescent mental health treatment and support system.
   83         (b)Each school district shall report annually to the
   84  department on the general performance outcomes for the child and
   85  adolescent mental health treatment and support system and how
   86  the support system funding is allocated and spent.
   87         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.