Florida Senate - 2024                              CS for SB 564
       By the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; and
       Senator Garcia
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to young adult aftercare services;
    3         amending s. 409.1451, F.S.; revising eligibility
    4         requirements for aftercare services for certain young
    5         adults; authorizing the Department of Children and
    6         Families to distribute federal funds to eligible young
    7         adults in certain circumstances; providing an
    8         effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Present subsection (11) of section 409.1451,
   13  Florida Statutes, is redesignated as subsection (12), a new
   14  subsection (11) is added to that section, and paragraph (a) of
   15  subsection (3) of that section is amended, to read:
   16         409.1451 The Road-to-Independence Program.—
   17         (3) AFTERCARE SERVICES.—
   18         (a)1. Aftercare services are available to a young adult who
   19  has reached 18 years of age but is not yet 23 years of age and,
   20  who, having been placed by a court pursuant to chapter 39, has
   21  lived in out-of-home care for at least 6 months after turning 14
   22  years of age. Young adults who receive support under subsection
   23  (2) or s. 39.6251 are only eligible for aftercare services and
   24  support services that are not already provided by those programs
   25  is:
   26         a. Not in foster care.
   27         b. Temporarily not receiving financial assistance under
   28  subsection (2) to pursue postsecondary education.
   29         2. Subject to available funding, aftercare services as
   30  specified in subparagraph (b)8. are also available to a young
   31  adult who is between the ages of 18 and 22, is receiving
   32  financial assistance under subsection (2), is experiencing an
   33  emergency situation, and whose resources are insufficient to
   34  meet the emergency situation. Such assistance shall be in
   35  addition to any amount specified in paragraph (2)(b).
   36         (11) FUNDING DURING EMERGENCY.—Notwithstanding the
   37  eligibility criteria in subsections (2) and (3), the department
   38  may distribute federal funds to all young adults deemed eligible
   39  by the funding source in the event of a state or national
   40  emergency.
   41         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2024.