After my daughter Jennifer died, January 15, 2009 in Largo, Florida, I embarked on my mission of The Jennifer Act. My commitment to Jennifer and her son, Trey, was to work with Florida Lawmakers to address and repair Florida’s Involuntary Commitment Law (Marchman Act). In 8 1/2 years, (with God’s grace), I have accomplished most of my 10 commitment to the mission, however, my vision to work with Florida Lawmakers and make the repairs needed to save FLORIDA lives has not yet been reached. I am grateful to Florida Representative Chris Latvala, Florida Senator Jack Latvala and Senator Darryl Rouson for their efforts to draft and introduce The Jennifer Act. We did not pass the ORIGINAL draft, but in light of the increased opioid epidemic, the CDC’s statistics, and President Trump declaring the Opioid Crisis a National Emergency), my prayer is a new and modified draft of The Jennifer Act will be introduced in FLORIDA. I am looking for a Florida Lawmaker to sponsor and co-sponsor a new bill draft. It would be a great honor to have the same Florida Lawmakers in Pinellas County) back The Jennifer Act mission. I am praying for God’s honorable soldiers to contact me and God’s will be done to complete The Jennifer Act mission and commitment. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROVERBS 16:3- COMMIT TO THE LORD WHATEVER YOU DO, AND HE WILL ESTABLISH YOUR PLANS.
–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.