Florida Senate - 2017 SB 1130 By Senator Bean 4-01250A-17 20171130__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the pregnancy support services; 3 creating s. 381.96, F.S.; providing definitions; 4 requiring the Department of Health to contract with a 5 not-for-profit statewide alliance of organizations to 6 provide pregnancy support services through 7 subcontractors; providing duties of the department; 8 providing contract requirements; requiring the 9 contractor to spend a specified percentage of funds on 10 direct client services; requiring the contractor to 11 annually monitor subcontractors; providing for 12 subcontractor background screenings under certain 13 circumstances; specifying the entities eligible for a 14 subcontract; requiring services to be provided in a 15 noncoercive manner and forbidding the inclusion of 16 religious content; providing an effective date. 17 18 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 19 20 Section 1. Section 381.96, Florida Statutes, is created to 21 read: 22 381.96 Pregnancy support services.— 23 (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 24 (a) “Department” means the Department of Health. 25 (b) “Eligible client” means a pregnant woman or a woman who 26 suspects she is pregnant, and the family of such woman, who 27 voluntarily seeks pregnancy support services. The woman and her 28 family shall continue to be eligible clients for no more than 12 29 months after the birth of the child. 30 (c) “Florida Pregnancy Care Network, Inc.,” or “network” 31 means the not-for-profit statewide alliance of pregnancy support 32 organizations that provide pregnancy support services through a 33 comprehensive system of care to women and their families. 34 (d) “Pregnancy support services” means services that 35 promote and encourage childbirth, including, but not limited to: 36 1. Direct client services, such as pregnancy testing, 37 counseling, referral, training, and education for pregnant women 38 and their families. 39 2. Program awareness activities, including a promotional 40 campaign to educate the public about the pregnancy support 41 services offered by the network and a website that provides 42 information on the location of providers in the user’s area, as 43 well as other available community resources. 44 3. Communication activities, including the operation and 45 maintenance of a hotline or call center with a single statewide 46 toll-free number which is available 24 hours a day for an 47 eligible client to obtain the location and contact information 48 for a pregnancy center located in his or her area. 49 (e) “Wellness services” means services or activities 50 intended to maintain and improve health or prevent illness and 51 injury, including, but not limited to, high blood pressure 52 screening, flu vaccines, anemia testing, thyroid screening, 53 cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, assistance with 54 smoking cessation, and tetanus vaccines. 55 (2) DEPARTMENT DUTIES.—The department shall contract with 56 the network for the management and delivery of pregnancy support 57 services to eligible clients. 58 (3) CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS.—The department contract shall 59 specify the contract deliverables, including financial reports 60 and other reports due to the department, timeframes for 61 achieving contractual obligations, and any other requirements 62 the department determines are necessary, such as staffing and 63 location requirements. The contract shall require the network 64 to: 65 (a) Establish, implement, and monitor a comprehensive 66 system of care through subcontractors to meet the pregnancy 67 support and wellness needs of eligible clients. 68 (b) Establish and manage subcontracts with a sufficient 69 number of providers to ensure the availability of pregnancy 70 support and wellness services for eligible clients, and maintain 71 and manage the delivery of such services throughout the contract 72 period. 73 (c) Spend at least 90 percent of the contract funds on 74 pregnancy support and wellness services. 75 (d) Offer wellness services through vouchers or other 76 appropriate arrangements that allow the purchase of services 77 from qualified health care providers. 78 (e) Require a background screening under s. 943.0542 for 79 all paid staff and volunteers of a subcontractor if such staff 80 or volunteers provide direct client services to an eligible 81 client who is a minor or an elderly person or who has a 82 disability. 83 (f) Annually monitor its subcontractors and specify the 84 sanctions that shall be imposed for noncompliance with the terms 85 of a subcontract. 86 (g) Subcontract only with providers that exclusively 87 promote and support childbirth. 88 (h) Ensure that informational materials provided to an 89 eligible client by a provider are current and accurate and cite 90 the reference source of any medical statement included in such 91 materials. 92 (4) SERVICES.—Services provided pursuant to this section 93 must be provided in a noncoercive manner and may not include any 94 religious content. 95 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.