Florida Senate - 2022 SB 478 By Senator Brodeur 9-00532-22 2022478__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to suicide prevention; directing the 3 Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention within the 4 Department of Children and Families to conduct a study 5 for specified purposes; specifying requirements for 6 the study; requiring the office to submit the report 7 to the Legislature and the Secretary of Children and 8 Families by a specified date; providing an effective 9 date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. (1) In order to assess the adequacy of the 14 current infrastructure of Florida’s National Suicide Prevention 15 Lifeline (NSPL) system and other components of the state’s 16 behavioral health crisis system and to inform the Legislature on 17 how best to provide appropriate and sustainable funding for such 18 purposes, the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention within the 19 Department of Children and Families shall conduct a study that, 20 at a minimum, includes the following: 21 (a) An overview of the current infrastructure of the NSPL 22 system within this state. 23 (b) An analysis of the current capacity of other crisis 24 response services available throughout the state, including 25 services provided by mobile response teams and centralized 26 receiving facilities. The analysis must include information on 27 the geographic area and the total population served by each 28 mobile response team along with the average response time to 29 each call made to a mobile response team; the number of calls 30 that a mobile response team was unable to respond to due to 31 staff limitations, travel distance, or other factors; and the 32 veteran status and age groups of individuals served by mobile 33 response teams. 34 (c) Proposed strategies to improve linkages between the 35 NSPL infrastructure and crisis response services throughout the 36 state. 37 (d) In consultation with the Department of Children and 38 Families, identified available mental health block grant funds 39 that can be used to support the NSPL and crisis response 40 infrastructure within this state, including any available 41 funding through opioid settlements or through the American 42 Rescue Plan Act, Pub. L. No. 117-2, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, 43 and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136, or other 44 federal legislation. 45 (e) In consultation with the Agency for Health Care 46 Administration, identified sources of funding available through 47 the Medicaid program specifically for crisis response services, 48 including funding that may be available through seeking approval 49 of a section 1115 waiver submitted to the Centers for Medicare 50 and Medicaid Services. 51 (f) Proposed strategies to ensure that managing entities 52 continue to work with community stakeholders throughout the 53 state in furtherance of supporting the NSPL system and other 54 crisis response services. 55 (2) By July 1, 2023, the office shall submit a report 56 detailing the findings of the study to the President of the 57 Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the chairs 58 of the appropriations committees of the Legislature, the chairs 59 of the committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over 60 behavioral health care services, and the Secretary of Children 61 and Families. 62 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.