FLORIDA: DIGEST OF THE JENNIFER ACT
A bill to be entitled- Florida
The Jennifer Act
An act relating to substance abuse services; providing a short title; amending s. 28.241, F.S.; providing a reduced filing fee for involuntary admissions proceedings under the Marchman Act; providing for distribution of proceeds; amending s. 397.321, F.S.; requiring that the Department of Children and Family Services strive to ensure that there are secure facility beds available to each county in the state in sufficient quantity to meet the normal demand from that county; amending ss. 397.321 and 397.332, F.S.; transferring specified duties and responsibilities for oversight of providers of substance abuse services from the Department of Children and Family Services to the Office of Drug Control; providing for a type two transfer of specified duties from the Department of Children and Family Services to the Office of Drug Control; amending s. 397.6797, F.S.; increasing the time allowed after an emergency admission for an assessment of the need for further treatment; amending ss. 397.6772, 397.6773, and 397.6798, F.S.; conforming provisions to the increase in the period allowed for assessments; amending s. 397.754, F.S.; specifying requirements for initial processing of inmates by the Department of Corrections for substance abuse needs; providing that, to the fullest extent possible, inmates be given the choice between faith-based and non-faith-based substance abuse programs; providing an effective date.
Here is a copy of The Jennifer Act Legislation for FL. It was drafted by FL. State Senator Jack Latvala this year. We did not have enough time to get a co-sponsor (FL. State Representative) for The Jennifer Act. Senator Latvala will re-introduce the bill in 2012. Please write to your local Fl. State Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor The Jennifer Act with Senator Jack Latvala for 2012. This bill will intervene in a life and death crisis and save lives for those struggling with a grave substance addiction. Your help and support is very much appreciated. Many parents write me whose children have died from overdoses. We can save other families from the pain, grief and loss that we have experienced from losing our children. Please do all you can to post this on your website, post this on facebook and twitter and pass it along to your friends in your community. Together we can save lives and make a difference! (www.TheJenniferAct.com)
Thank you for caring,
Sharon Blair (Founder of The Jennifer Act)
Jennifer Reynolds died: Jan. 15, 2009 at age 29 years