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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XXIX
Chapter 397
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F.S. 397.321
397.321 Duties of the department.The department shall:
(1) Develop a comprehensive state plan for the provision of substance abuse services. The plan must include:
(a) Identification of incidence and prevalence of problems related to substance abuse.
(b) Description of current services.
(c) Need for services.
(d) Cost of services.
(e) Priorities for funding.
(f) Strategies to address the identified needs and priorities.
(g) Resource planning.
(2) Ensure that a plan for substance abuse services is developed at the local substate entity level in accordance with the provisions of part IV of chapter 394.
(3) Provide on a direct or contractual basis, within the context of funds made available by appropriation:
(a) Public education programs and an information clearinghouse to disseminate information about the nature and effects of substance abuse.
(b) Training for personnel who provide substance abuse services.
(c) A data collection and dissemination system, in accordance with applicable federal confidentiality regulations.
(d) Basic epidemiological and statistical research and the dissemination of results.
(e) Research in cooperation with qualified researchers on services delivered pursuant to this chapter.
(4) Establish a funding program for the dissemination of available federal, state, and private funds through contractual agreements with community-based organizations or units of state or local government which deliver local substance abuse services.
(5) Assume responsibility for adopting rules as necessary to comply with this chapter, including other state agencies in this effort, as appropriate.
(6) Assume responsibility for licensing and regulating licensable service components delivering substance abuse services on behalf of service providers pursuant to this chapter.
(7) Ensure that each licensed service provider develops a system and procedures for:
(a) Clinical assessment.
(b) Treatment planning.
(c) Referral.
(d) Progress reviews.
(e) Followup.
(8) Provide for the systematic and comprehensive program evaluation of substance abuse service providers that are state-owned, state-operated, or state-contracted.
(9) Advise the Governor in the preparation of plans to be submitted for federal funding and support.
(10) Provide a system of documentation and reporting commensurate with the requirements of federal and other agencies providing funding to the state.
(11) Provide, within available funds, training and technical assistance to other state agencies relative to the problem of substance abuse and develop joint agreements with other state agencies to enhance the sharing of information and services.
(12) Develop standards for employee assistance programs for employees of state government, local governments, and private business.
(13) Ensure that service provider personnel have background checks as required in this chapter and meet the minimum standards.
(14) In cooperation with service providers, foster and actively seek additional funding to enhance resources for prevention, intervention, clinical treatment, and recovery support services, including, but not limited to, the development of partnerships with:
(a) Private industry.
(b) Intradepartmental and interdepartmental program offices, including, but not limited to, child care services; family safety; delinquency services; health services; economic services; and children’s medical services.
(c) State agencies, including, but not limited to, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Education, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Elderly Affairs, the Department of Health, the Department of Financial Services, and the Agency for Health Care Administration.
(15) Recognize a statewide certification process for addiction professionals and identify and endorse one or more entities responsible for such certification of service provider personnel. Any decision by a department-recognized credentialing entity to deny, revoke, or suspend a certification, or otherwise impose sanctions on an individual who is certified, is reviewable by the department. Upon receiving an adverse determination, the person aggrieved may request an administrative hearing pursuant to ss. 120.569 and 120.57(1) within 30 days after completing any appeals process offered by the credentialing entity or the department, as applicable.
(16) Provide sufficient and qualified staff to oversee all contracting, licensing, and planning functions within each of its substate offices, as permitted by legislative appropriation.
(17) Ensure that the department develops and ensures the implementation of procedures between its Substance Abuse Program Office and other departmental programs regarding the referral of substance abuse impaired persons to service providers, information on service providers, information on methods of identifying substance abuse impaired juveniles, and procedures for referring such juveniles to appropriate service providers.
(18) Designate addictions receiving facilities for the purpose of ensuring that only qualified service providers render services within the context of a secure facility setting.
(19) Develop and prominently display on its website all forms necessary for the implementation and administration of parts IV and V of this chapter. These forms shall include, but are not limited to, a petition for involuntary admission form and all related pleading forms, and a form to be used by law enforcement agencies pursuant to s. 397.6772. The department shall notify law enforcement agencies, the courts, and other state agencies of the existence and availability of such forms.
History.s. 2, ch. 93-39; s. 2, ch. 97-208; s. 34, ch. 97-271; s. 6, ch. 98-152; ss. 53, 54, ch. 2000-139; s. 17, ch. 2000-349; s. 9, ch. 2009-132; s. 273, ch. 2011-142; ss. 22, 69, ch. 2016-241; s. 3, ch. 2019-159; s. 10, ch. 2020-39.