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.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.