Your Agency’s Psychiatric ARNPs may now Prescribe to Children in the Child Welfare Setting.

The passage of HB 7099, which became law on July 1, authorizes psychiatric nurses to obtain consent for and prescribe psychotropic medication to dependent minors and advise the court and DCF on any continued need for psychotropic medications and other services. The bill amends s. 39.407, F.S., to allow psychiatric nurses to prescribe psychotropic medication to dependent minors, obtain express and informed consent from parents for such prescribing, and advise the court and DCF on continued need for psychotropic medications and other services while a child is in DCF care.

The bill also amends s. 39.407(6), F.S., to require the court to conduct an initial hearing to review the child’s residential treatment plan within 60-days after the child’s admission to the residential treatment program. This change complies with federal FFPSA requirements. Judges will now have to review the child’s placement in a residential treatment center within 60 days rather than 3 months.