HB 369 is an omnibus substance abuse bill that clarifies recovery residence and patient brokering laws. It also makes significant changes to background screening. Included in those changes:
- Peer specialists must be certified and pass a level 2 background check if they receive public funds
- Behavioral health workforce within Chapters 394 and 397 will be held to a higher Level 2 screening standard to include qualifying offenses in both 435.04 and 408.809, F.S.
- Agency determination on exemptions from disqualification applications must be made within 60 days
- The agency can limit the exemption (i.e. recovery residences, adult substance abuse, or adult co-occurring settings)
- Employees may work within Chapter 397 in substance abuse or co-occurring settings for up to 90-days under direct supervision while the exemption from disqualification is under review (Note: Only applies if it has been 5 or more (3 years for peers) years since all court ordered sanctions have been met)