Florida Senate - 2017 SB 1342 By Senator Torres 15-01243-17 20171342__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to child psychological abuse; amending 3 s. 39.01, F.S.; revising the definition of the term 4 “harm”; amending s. 39.201, F.S.; revising a provision 5 relating to mandatory reporting requirements for child 6 abuse, abandonment, or neglect to include child 7 psychological abuse; requiring the Board of Psychology 8 within the Department of Health to revise the 9 continuing education requirements for renewal of a 10 license to practice psychology to include child 11 psychological abuse; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Paragraph (m) is added to subsection (30) of 16 section 39.01, Florida Statutes, to read: 17 39.01 Definitions.—When used in this chapter, unless the 18 context otherwise requires: 19 (30) “Harm” to a child’s health or welfare can occur when 20 any person: 21 (m) Inflicts mental injury, as defined in subsection (42), 22 on a child through the use of manipulation or psychological 23 abuse, including, but not limited to, parental alienation, which 24 creates a significant developmental pathology, personality 25 disorder pathology, or delusional-psychiatric pathology as 26 diagnosed by a mental health professional licensed under chapter 27 490 or chapter 491. 28 Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 29 39.201, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 30 39.201 Mandatory reports of child abuse, abandonment, or 31 neglect; mandatory reports of death; central abuse hotline.— 32 (1)(a) Any person who knows, or has reasonable cause to 33 suspect, that a child is abused, abandoned, or neglected by a 34 parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible 35 for the child’s welfare, as defined in this chapter, or that a 36 child is in need of supervision and care and has no parent, 37 legal custodian, or responsible adult relative immediately known 38 and available to provide supervision and care shall report such 39 knowledge or suspicion to the department in the manner 40 prescribed in subsection (2). For purposes of the mandatory 41 reporting requirements in this section, child abuse includes any 42 harm or mental injury as those terms are defined in s. 39.01. 43 Section 3. The Board of Psychology within the Department of 44 Health shall revise the requirements for renewal of a license to 45 practice psychology, pursuant to s. 490.007, Florida Statutes, 46 to require continuing education regarding child psychological 47 abuse, including, but not limited to, abuse through the use of 48 manipulation or parental alienation. 49 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.