2017 Legislation Impacting Your Profession

Posted in Latest News on July 20, 2017.

HB 1121 Child Welfare

Child Welfare
Effective Date: July 1, 2017
HB 1121 (full text)

HB 1121 permits hospitals licensed under Ch. 395, F.S. and physicians’ offices to release patient records to the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) for investigative purposes. DCF agents or representatives can now obtain records without written permission from the patient, but only when the information will be used to investigate cases of abuse, neglect, or exploitation that impact children and/or vulnerable adults.

The bill also requires mental health receiving facilities to initiate an involuntary examination of a minor admitted under the Baker Act; this examination must take place within 12 hours of arrival at the facility.

If you’d like to view all 2017 bills impacting health care professions, please go to http://www.flhealthsource.gov/2017-bills



More Latest News

Third Quarterly Performance Report Released for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year
June 8, 2018

The Quarterly Performance Report for the third quarter of the 2017-2018 fiscal year is now available online. Continue reading


New Legislation Impacting Your Profession
April 17, 2018

Click here to view a full list of bill summaries from the 2018 Florida Legislative Session that may impact your profession. Continue reading