Florida Senate - 2022                                     SB 836
       By Senator Brodeur
       9-00914A-22                                            2022836__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to medication technicians; amending s.
    3         429.02, F.S.; defining the term “medication
    4         technician”; amending s. 429.52, F.S.; providing
    5         minimum requirements and specifications for training
    6         of medication technicians; providing an effective
    7         date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Present subsections (16) through (28) of section
   12  429.02, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (17)
   13  through (29), respectively, a new subsection (16) is added to
   14  that section, and subsection (12) of that section is amended, to
   15  read:
   16         429.02 Definitions.—When used in this part, the term:
   17         (12) “Extended congregate care” means acts beyond those
   18  authorized in subsection (19) (18) which may be performed
   19  pursuant to part I of chapter 464 by persons licensed thereunder
   20  while carrying out their professional duties, and other
   21  supportive services that may be specified by rule. The purpose
   22  of such services is to enable residents to age in place in a
   23  residential environment despite mental or physical limitations
   24  that might otherwise disqualify them from residency in a
   25  facility licensed under this part.
   26         (16)“Medication technician” means an unlicensed staff
   27  member who has completed 6 hours of training. A medication
   28  technician may provide assistance with a resident’s self
   29  administration of medications and with his or her use of point
   30  of-care devices.
   31         Section 2. Subsection (6) of section 429.52, Florida
   32  Statutes, is amended to read:
   33         429.52 Staff training and educational requirements.—
   34         (6) Medication technicians shall Staff assisting with the
   35  self-administration of medications under s. 429.256 must
   36  complete a minimum of 6 additional hours of training provided by
   37  a registered nurse or a licensed pharmacist before providing
   38  assistance. Two hours of continuing education are required
   39  annually thereafter. The agency shall establish by rule the
   40  minimum requirements of medication technician this training,
   41  which must address infection control, safe handling and use of
   42  point-of-care devices, communicating with case managers and
   43  health care providers, standard of care protocols for the
   44  provision of care in a licensed assisted living facility,
   45  identification of nursing standards, and methods of assisting
   46  residents with the self-administration of medications.
   47         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.