Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1226 By Senator Taddeo 40-01249-19 20191226__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to military veterans and 3 servicemembers court programs; amending s. 394.47891, 4 F.S.; requiring the chief judge of each judicial 5 circuit to establish a Military Veterans and 6 Servicemembers Court Program; requiring the chief 7 judge to consider nationally recognized best practices 8 when adopting policies and procedures for the program; 9 providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Section 394.47891, Florida Statutes, is amended 14 to read: 15 394.47891 Military veterans and servicemembers court 16 programs.— 17 (1) The chief judge of each judicial circuit shall
may18 establish a Military Veterans and Servicemembers Court Program 19 under which veterans, as defined in s. 1.01, including veterans 20 who were discharged or released under a general discharge, and 21 servicemembers, as defined in s. 250.01, who are charged or 22 convicted of a criminal offense and who suffer from a military 23 related mental illness, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse 24 disorder, or psychological problem can be sentenced in 25 accordance with chapter 921 in a manner that appropriately 26 addresses the severity of the mental illness, traumatic brain 27 injury, substance abuse disorder, or psychological problem 28 through services tailored to the individual needs of the 29 participant. Entry into any Military Veterans and Servicemembers 30 Court Program must be based upon the sentencing court’s 31 assessment of the defendant’s criminal history, military 32 service, substance abuse treatment needs, mental health 33 treatment needs, amenability to the services of the program, the 34 recommendation of the state attorney and the victim, if any, and 35 the defendant’s agreement to enter the program. 36 (2) The chief judge shall consider nationally recognized 37 best practices in adopting policies and procedures for the 38 program. 39 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.