Florida Senate - 2021 SB 1192 By Senator Powell 30-01191-21 20211192__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to mental illness training for law 3 enforcement officers; creating s. 943.17161, F.S.; 4 requiring the Department of Law Enforcement to 5 establish a continued employment training component 6 relating to mental illness; requiring that the 7 training component include instruction on the 8 recognition of and appropriate responses to 9 individuals exhibiting certain symptoms or 10 characteristics; authorizing completion of the 11 training to count toward continued employment or 12 appointment instruction requirements; providing an 13 effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Section 943.17161, Florida Statutes, is created 18 to read: 19 943.17161 Continued employment training relating to mental 20 illness.—The department shall establish a continued employment 21 training component relating to mental illness as defined in s. 22 394.455. The training component must include, but need not be 23 limited to, instruction on the recognition of the symptoms or 24 characteristics of an individual with a mental illness and 25 appropriate responses to an individual exhibiting such symptoms 26 or characteristics. Completion of the training component may 27 count toward the 40 hours of instruction for continued 28 employment or appointment as a law enforcement officer required 29 under s. 943.135. 30 Section 2. This act shall take effect October 1, 2021.