Read the latest Florida news about the license of a mental health counselor which was suspended; the statute in Florida providing protection for a child and their parent regarding the prescribing of psychotropic medication; and the new prescription drug monitoring program which will protect the patient from being over prescribed and also prevent patients from going from to doctor to doctor until one fulfills their prescriptions desires.

State suspends license of mental-health counselor
7:44 p.m. EDT, August 31, 2011
-Eloísa Ruano González

The Florida Department of Health has suspended the license of a Casselberry mental-health counselor. Health officials said David B. Bollet, a counselor at the Center for Counseling and Consulting, cannot practice safely because of an addiction to crack cocaine and marijuana and needs treatment. He was convicted of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Full article here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/os-state-suspends-counselor-20110831,0,7977113.story

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As of Sept. 1, 2011, Today, Florida Statute 409.912(51)  is implemented.  This statute states, in regards to the prescribing of psychotropic drugs, that

“The agency may not pay for psychotropic medication prescribed for a child in the Medicaid program without the express and informed consent of the child’s parent or legal guardian. The physician shall document the consent in the child’s medical record and provide the pharmacy with a signed attestation of this documentation with the prescription.The physician shall document the consent in the child’s medical record and provide the pharmacy with a signed attestation of this documentation with the prescription.”

Entire Statute:  http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0400-0499/0409/Sections/0409.912.html

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Orlando Sentinel
Sept. 11, 2011

Florida’s prescription-drug database launches today Prescription-drug-monitoring program will deter doctor shopping, over-prescribing, supporters say.

To read full article: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/os-prescription-drug-monitoring-begins-20110901,0,2941249.story