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The 2021 Florida Statutes

Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 397
SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES
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F.S. 397.4873
397.4873 Referrals to or from recovery residences; prohibitions; penalties.
(1) A service provider licensed under this part may not make a referral of a prospective, current, or discharged patient to, or accept a referral of such a patient from, a recovery residence unless the recovery residence holds a valid certificate of compliance as provided in s. 397.487 and is actively managed by a certified recovery residence administrator as provided in s. 397.4871.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to:
(a) A licensed service provider under contract with a managing entity as defined in s. 394.9082.
(b) Referrals by a recovery residence to a licensed service provider when the recovery residence or its owners, directors, operators, or employees do not benefit, directly or indirectly, from the referral.
(c) Referrals made before July 1, 2018, by a licensed service provider to that licensed service provider’s wholly owned subsidiary.
(d) The referral of a patient to, or acceptance of a referral of such a patient from, a recovery residence that has no direct or indirect financial or other referral relationship with the licensed service provider and that is democratically operated by its residents pursuant to a charter from an entity recognized or sanctioned by Congress, and where the residence or any resident of the residence does not receive a benefit, directly or indirectly, for the referral.
(3) For purposes of this section, a licensed service provider or recovery residence shall be considered to have made a referral if the provider or recovery residence has informed a patient by any means about the name, address, or other details of a recovery residence or licensed service provider, or informed a licensed service provider or a recovery residence of any identifying details about a patient.
(4) In addition to any other punishment provided by law, any person who willfully and knowingly violates subsection (1) commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(5) A licensed service provider shall maintain records of referrals to or from recovery residences as may be prescribed by the department in rule.
(6) A licensed service provider that violates this section is subject to an administrative fine of $1,000 per occurrence. If such fine is imposed by final order of the department and is not subject to further appeal, the service provider shall pay the fine plus interest at the rate specified in s. 55.03 for each day beyond the date set by the department for payment of the fine. If the service provider does not pay the fine plus any applicable interest within 60 days after the date set by the department, the department shall immediately suspend the service provider’s license. Repeat violations of this section may subject a provider to license suspension or revocation pursuant to s. 397.415.
(7) Nothing in this section requires a licensed service provider to refer a patient to or to accept a referral of a patient from a recovery residence.
History.s. 15, ch. 2017-173; s. 8, ch. 2019-159; s. 5, ch. 2020-38; s. 5, ch. 2021-128.