Nine behavioral health bills supported by the Florida Mental Health Advocacy Coalition were signed into law by Governor DeSantis. They all received overwhelming bipartisan support by the Florida legislature.
"Excludes from the definition “drug paraphernalia” narcotic-drug-testing products used solely to determine whether a controlled substance contains fentanyl or other substances. This exclusion does not apply to a narcotic-drug-testing product that can measure or determine a controlled substance's quantity, weight, or potency. substance's
Requires the Department of Children and Families to update the handbook and FAQs on the website for the Baker Act. The last manual on the Baker Act was published in 2014, and the legislature has amended the law several times since.
Authorizes psychologists in compact states to practice telepsychology in other compact states. Includes bill to exempt confidential information from public records.
Addresses application and credentialing requirements for recovery residences, including proof of a prohibition on the premises against alcohol, marijuana, illegal drugs, and the use of prescribed medications by an individual other than the individual for whom the medication is prescribed.
Establishes the Certified Peer Specialist Gateway 3-year Pilot Program within the Department of Corrections for four institutions: Gadsden Re-entry (north of Tallahassee), Baker Re-entry (west of Jacksonville), Lowell Annex in Ocala, and Marion Correctional. Provides participating inmates with a path to become Certified Recovery Peer Specialists.
Expands eligibility for voluntary problem-solving courts such as Drug and Mental Health Courts and bases the time in the adjudicated treatment program on clinical criteria.