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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

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 3/9/2018

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.


HB 221
Introduced 9/2015
Sponsor Rep. Trujillo
Status Signed into Law 4/2016

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).

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