Children and adults can be victims of human trafficking. “If you see something, say something.” If you have information regarding suspected Human Trafficking of a child in Florida contact: Florida Abuse Hotline 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873). If you have information regarding suspected Human Trafficking of an adult anywhere in the United States or of a child outside of Florida please contact: National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888. Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE): To get help for victims and survivors of human trafficking or to connect with local services. Visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline online at: https://humantraffickinghotline.org.
The bill also requires that establishments implement a procedure for reporting suspected human trafficking and post a sign in an area accessible to employees with the relevant provisions of that procedure. The Board of Massage Therapy will be adopting Rules to implement this requirement. Information on rulemaking can be found in the Board’s meeting agendas published on our website at: Massage Therapy Meeting Information.
Massage Establishments licensed after July 1, 2019 are required to have a Designated Establishment Manager (DEM). Massage Establishments licensed before July 1, 2019 must name a DEM by January 1, 2020. A DEM must be a licensed Massage Therapist with a clear and active license without restriction, practice at the establishment, and be responsible for the operation of the establishment in accordance with the laws and rules. Below are the new and revised draft forms for establishments which incorporate the requirement for a DEM. These forms are listed below and will be considered at the next meeting of the Board of Massage Therapy.
The bill amends the laws governing massage establishments, requiring establishments to have a plan for reporting suspected human trafficking, amending the grounds for discipline of an establishment, and the requiring that each establishment have a Designated Establishment Manager.
Each healthcare provider licensed by one of the named Boards must complete a one hour continuing education (CE) course on human trafficking that has been specifically approved by their Board for this purpose. The course must be completed by January 1, 2021 and will count towards the required CE for renewal. The bill does not require that this course be taken again for future renewal cycles. The links below will direct you to courses that meet this requirement as soon as they are approved by the applicable Board.
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Each healthcare provider licensed by one of the named Boards must post a sign regarding human trafficking in a conspicuous place accessible to employees by January 1, 2021. The sign must be at least 11 x 15 inches and in at least 32-point type. The sign must contain statutorily required language and be posted in English and Spanish. The Department has also provided Mandarin translations of these signs for use in offices where those languages are spoken. The links below contain signs that meet the statutory requirements when printed at the listed size.
Additional information about human trafficking can be found at any of the following websites:
Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888, Text HELP to 233733 (BEFREE), or Visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline online at: https://humantraffickinghotline.org.
Yes. The human trafficking course counts towards the continuing education renewal requirement for the biennium during which you take the course.
This requirement will not affect your ability to renew your license before January 1, 2021. However, if the course is taken before your renewal date, the CE credit will count towards your renewal requirement.
The statute does not specify the method of continuing education. Check the courses approved for your profession to see if an online course has been approved.