Florida Senate - 2024                             CS for SB 1340
       By the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; and
       Senator Harrell
       586-02658-24                                          20241340c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to coordinated systems of care for
    3         children; creating s. 1006.05, F.S.; defining the term
    4         “care coordinator”; requiring certain school districts
    5         to be guided by and adhere to a specified mental
    6         health and treatment support system for certain
    7         children; requiring school districts to contract with
    8         managing entities to provide care coordinators for
    9         certain students; requiring that a care coordinator
   10         provided by the managing entity be placed in certain
   11         school districts, for specified purposes; requiring
   12         school districts to address certain recommendations,
   13         and meet specified performance outcomes; requiring
   14         each school district to report annually to the
   15         Department of Education on certain performance
   16         outcomes and the allocation and expenditure of certain
   17         funding; providing an effective date.
   19  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   21         Section 1. Section 1006.05, Florida Statutes, is created to
   22  read:
   23         1006.05Mental health coordinated system of care.—
   24         (1)For purposes of this section, the term “care
   25  coordinator” means a person who is responsible for participating
   26  in the development and implementation of a services plan,
   27  linking service providers to a child or adolescent and his or
   28  her family, monitoring the delivery of services, providing
   29  advocacy, collecting information to determine the effect of
   30  services and treatment, and performing care coordination as
   31  defined in s. 394.4573(1).
   32         (2)Pursuant to s. 394.491 and to further promote the
   33  effective implementation of a coordinated system of care
   34  pursuant to ss. 394.4573 and 394.495, each school district that
   35  provides mental health assessment, diagnosis, intervention,
   36  treatment, and recovery services to students diagnosed with one
   37  or more mental health or any co-occurring substance use disorder
   38  and students at high risk of such diagnoses must be guided by
   39  and adhere to the guiding principles of the mental health
   40  treatment and support system as provided under s. 394.491.
   41         (3)(a)School districts shall contract with managing
   42  entities to provide care coordinators for students with complex
   43  behavioral health needs who continue to experience adverse
   44  outcomes due to unmet needs or an inability to engage.
   45         (b)A care coordinator provided by the managing entity must
   46  be placed in each school district implementing a coordinated
   47  system of care to ensure that students are receiving necessary
   48  services and that appropriate funds are being used to support
   49  the cost of treatment, including all available public and
   50  private health insurance funds, before school-based mental
   51  health treatment and support system funding is accessed to
   52  purchase community-based services.
   53         (c)When a student is identified as having experienced an
   54  involuntary admission to an acute psychiatric care facility,
   55  school districts must address recommendations from the care
   56  coordinator provided by the managing entity upon the return of
   57  the student to the school setting.
   58         (4)(a)Pursuant to s. 394.494, each school district shall
   59  meet the general performance outcomes for the child and
   60  adolescent mental health treatment and support system.
   61         (b)Each school district shall report annually to the
   62  department on the general performance outcomes for the child and
   63  adolescent mental health treatment and support system and how
   64  the support system funding is allocated and spent.
   65         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.