Florida Senate - 2016 CS for SB 818
By the Committee on Health Policy; and Senators Latvala and
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to instruction on human trafficking;
3 amending s. 456.031, F.S.; providing that certain
4 licensing boards must require specified licensees to
5 complete a specified continuing education course that
6 includes a section on human trafficking as a condition
7 of relicensure or recertification; providing
8 requirements and procedures related to the course;
9 providing an effective date.
11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
13 Section 1. Section 456.031, Florida Statutes, is amended to
15 456.031 Requirement for instruction on domestic violence
16 and human trafficking.—
17 (1)(a) The appropriate board shall require each person
18 licensed or certified under chapter 458, chapter 459, part I of
19 chapter 464, chapter 466, chapter 467, chapter 490, or chapter
20 491 to complete a 2-hour continuing education course, approved
21 by the board, on domestic violence, as defined in s. 741.28, and
22 on human trafficking, as defined in s. 787.06(2), as part of
23 every third biennial relicensure or recertification.
24 1. The domestic violence section of the course must
25 consist of data and information on the number of patients in
26 that professional’s practice who are likely to be victims of
27 domestic violence and the number who are likely to be
28 perpetrators of domestic violence, screening procedures for
29 determining whether a patient has any history of being either a
30 victim or a perpetrator of domestic violence, and instruction on
31 how to provide such patients with information on, or how to
32 refer such patients to, resources in the local community, such
33 as domestic violence centers and other advocacy groups, that
34 provide legal aid, shelter, victim counseling, batterer
35 counseling, or child protection services.
36 2. The human trafficking section of the course must consist
37 of data and information on the types of human trafficking, such
38 as labor and sex, and the extent of human trafficking; factors
39 that place a person at greater risk for being a victim of human
40 trafficking; management of medical records of patients who are
41 human trafficking victims; patient safety and security; public
42 and private social services available for rescue, food,
43 clothing, and shelter referrals; hotlines for reporting human
44 trafficking maintained by the National Human Trafficking
45 Resource Center and the United States Department of Homeland
46 Security; validated assessment tools for identifying human
47 trafficking victims and general indicators that a person may be
48 a victim of human trafficking; procedures for sharing
49 information related to human trafficking with a patient; and
50 referral options for legal and social services.
51 (b) Each such licensee or certificateholder shall submit
52 confirmation of having completed the continuing education such
53 course, on a form provided by the board, when submitting fees
54 for every third biennial relicensure or recertification renewal.
55 (c) The board may approve additional equivalent courses
56 that may be used to satisfy the requirements of paragraph (a).
57 Each licensing board that requires a licensee to complete a
58 continuing an educational course pursuant to this subsection may
59 include the hour required for completion of the course in the
60 total hours of continuing education required by law for the such
61 profession, unless the continuing education requirements for the
62 such profession consist of fewer than 30 hours of continuing
63 education biennially.
64 (d) Any person holding two or more licenses subject to the
65 provisions of this subsection shall be permitted to show proof
66 of completion of having taken one board-approved course on
67 domestic violence and human trafficking, for purposes of
68 relicensure or recertification for additional licenses.
69 (e) Failure to comply with the requirements of this
70 subsection shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action
71 under each respective practice act and under s. 456.072(1)(k).
72 In addition to discipline by the board, the licensee shall be
73 required to complete the board-approved such course under this
75 (2) Each board may adopt rules to carry out the provisions
76 of this section.
77 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.