Florida Senate - 2016                              CS for SB 818
       By the Committee on Health Policy; and Senators Latvala and
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    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
   14  read:
   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 shall
   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
   74  subsection.
   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.