Florida Senate - 2012                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 434
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                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                Floor: 3/AD/2R         .                                
             01/10/2012 03:30 PM       .                                

       Senator Rich moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 589 and 590
    4  insert:
    5         (3)HEALTH CARE COORDINATION. –
    6         (a) The department shall work with the Agency for Health
    7  Care Administration in consultation with pediatricians, other
    8  experts in health care, and experts in and recipients of child
    9  welfare services, to develop a plan for a coordinated approach
   10  to providing comprehensive health care for children in
   11  care.Comprehensive health care refers to strategies and services
   12  for meeting the physical, dental, mental, emotional, and
   13  developmental health needs of children. It includes all health
   14  care including primary, tertiary, and specialty care. The plan
   15  must include the following components:
   16         1. A schedule for the initial and follow-up health
   17  screenings;
   18         2. A strategy for providing access to health care services
   19  and treatment for health needs identified through screenings;
   20         3. A strategy for the updating and appropriate sharing of
   21  health care data and information which may include establishing
   22  an electronic health record;
   23         4. A system for ensuring continuity of health care services
   24  which may include establishing a medical home for each child in
   25  care;
   26         5. A procedure for providing oversight of prescription
   27  medication;
   28         6. A protocol to increase collaboration among health,
   29  mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, courts,
   30  education, and other child-serving systems, as well as providers
   31  and community organizations, to meet the health care needs of
   32  children in care; and
   33         7. A strategy for including families in health care
   34  decisions for children in care.
   35         (b) The department shall submit a report to the Governor
   36  and the Legislature by March 1 and September 1 of each year
   37  until a system for providing comprehensive health care to
   38  children in care has been implemented statewide. The report must
   39  address progress that has been made toward achieving each of the
   40  components in paragraph (a).
   41         (4) PERMANENT CONNECTIONS. –
   42         (a)The department, in collaboration with the Independent
   43  Living Services Advisory Council shall establish a workgroup for
   44  the purpose of developing and implementing strategies to ensure
   45  that each child who leaves care has at least one positive,
   46  reliable caring adult who will continue to support him or her
   47  after leaving care, through his or her young adulthood and
   48  beyond. This adult may include:
   49         1. People with whom the youth has some emotional
   50  attachment such as birth family, extended family, kin, adoptive
   51  family, foster family, teachers, mentors or coaches;
   52         2. People with whom the youth would like to stay connected
   53  or re-establish contact; or
   54         3. People who the youth defines as family or supports.
   55         (b) The department shall submit a report by December 31 of
   56  each year to the Governor and the Legislature which includes a
   57  summary of the actions taken and practices implemented statewide
   58  to ensure that no child leaves care without a lifelong
   59  connection to a supportive adult.
   62  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   63         And the title is amended as follows:
   64         Delete line 64
   65  and insert:
   66         of school, community, and family life; requiring the
   67         department to work with the Agency for Health Care
   68         Administration and other stakeholders to develop a
   69         plan for providing comprehensive health care for a
   70         child; requiring a report; requiring the department to
   71         work with the Independent Living Services Advisory
   72         Council to develop strategies to ensure that no child
   73         leaves care without a permanent connection to a
   74         committed adult; requiring a report; requiring