Florida Administrative Code

Chapter 65C-35, Psychotropic Medication for Children in Out of Home Care,

65C-35.011 (9) The Department may address the efficacy of psychotropic medication through requirements in lead agency contracts, including but not limited to the utilization of pre-consent reviews or second opinions by child psychiatrists.

65C-35.012 Requests for Second Opinions.

(1) The child protective investigator or dependency case manager may seek a second medical opinion at any time after consultation with a supervisor as to the need for a second opinion.

(2) When any party files a motion requesting that the court order a second medical opinion, the court may order the Department or its contracted service provider to obtain a second opinion within a reasonable timeframe as established by the court. Within one (1) business day of the court’s order, the child protective investigator or the dependency case manager will make a referral for an appointment for the second opinion.

(3) The child protective investigator or dependency case manager must obtain the second opinion within twenty-one (21) calendar days of receipt of the court order.