Primary Focus: Mental Health Awareness and Assistance Title/Description: Continuing education and inservice training for youth mental health awareness and assistance. Citation: FLA. STAT. § 1012.584 Summary: Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the Department of Education shall establish an evidence-based youth mental health awareness and assistance training program to help school personnel identify and understand the signs of emotional disturbance, mental illness, and substance abuse disorders and provide such personnel with the skills to help a person who is developing or experiencing an emotional disturbance, mental health, or substance use problem. Effective Date: Approved by the Governor March 9, 2018. Notes: This law was included as part of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act from Senate Bill 7026 passed by the Florida 2018 Legislature.
Summary: Among many other things, this bill changed the sections of state law about autism coverage so that Down Syndrome is now an included condition (the relevant sections are summarized at the bottom of this page).
Copayments for outpatient care cannot be greater than $35
This section clearly states that detoxification is not considered outpatient care.
The sections of the law about autism require large employer fully-insured plans to cover autism services for children under age 18 as long as the child was diagnosed with a developmental disability before age 8. Autism spectrum disorder is defined as these 3 conditions:
Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified
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