Florida Senate - 2022 SB 1712 By Senator Burgess 20-01740B-22 20221712__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Veteran Suicide Prevention 3 Training Pilot Program; creating s. 394.9088, F.S.; 4 requiring the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to 5 establish the pilot program; providing the purpose of 6 the pilot program; requiring pilot program 7 participants to receive certain training; requiring 8 the department to contract with an organization to 9 develop the curriculum for such training; requiring 10 the department to establish and oversee the 11 participant certification process; requiring the 12 department to adopt rules; requiring the department to 13 submit an annual report to the Legislature by a 14 specified date; providing an appropriation; providing 15 an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Section 394.9088, Florida Statutes, is created 20 to read: 21 394.9088 Veteran Suicide Prevention Training Pilot 22 Program.— 23 (1) The Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall establish the 24 Veteran Suicide Prevention Training Pilot Program. The purpose 25 of the pilot program is to offer to each Department of Veterans’ 26 Affairs claims examiner and each county and city veteran service 27 officer, as described in s. 292.11, specialized training and 28 certification in the prevention of veteran suicide. 29 (2) Individuals electing to participate in the pilot 30 program must be trained to identify indicators of elevated 31 suicide risk and provide emergency crisis referrals for veterans 32 expressing or exhibiting symptoms of emotional or psychological 33 distress. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall contract 34 with an organization having proven experience developing and 35 implementing veteran-relevant and evidence-based suicide 36 prevention training to develop the curriculum for such training. 37 The department shall establish and oversee the process for 38 certifying program participants who successfully complete such 39 training. 40 (3) The Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall adopt rules 41 necessary to implement the pilot program. 42 (4) The Department of Veterans’ Affairs shall submit a 43 report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the 44 House of Representatives by June 30 of each year which includes 45 information concerning the pilot program and whether any changes 46 should be made to the pilot program which would increase its 47 effectiveness. In its report submitted by June 30, 2026, the 48 department shall include a recommendation of whether the pilot 49 program should be continued. 50 Section 2. The sum of $500,000 in nonrecurring funds is 51 appropriated from the General Revenue Fund to the Department of 52 Veterans’ Affairs for the purpose of implementing this act. 53 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.