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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XXIX
Chapter 397
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F.S. 397.4012
397.4012 Exemptions from licensure.The following are exempt from the licensing provisions of this chapter:
(1) A hospital or hospital-based component licensed under chapter 395.
(2) A nursing home facility as defined in s. 400.021.
(3) A substance abuse education program established pursuant to s. 1003.42.
(4) A facility or institution operated by the Federal Government.
(5) A physician or physician assistant licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459.
(6) A psychologist licensed under chapter 490.
(7) A social worker, marriage and family therapist, or mental health counselor licensed under chapter 491.
(8) A legally cognizable church or nonprofit religious organization or denomination providing substance abuse services, including prevention services, which are solely religious, spiritual, or ecclesiastical in nature. A church or nonprofit religious organization or denomination providing any of the licensed service components itemized under s. 397.311(26) is not exempt from substance abuse licensure but retains its exemption with respect to all services which are solely religious, spiritual, or ecclesiastical in nature.
(9) Facilities licensed under chapter 393 which, in addition to providing services to persons with developmental disabilities, also provide services to persons developmentally at risk as a consequence of exposure to alcohol or other legal or illegal drugs while in utero.
(10) DUI education and screening services provided pursuant to ss. 316.192, 316.193, 322.095, 322.271, and 322.291. Persons or entities providing treatment services must be licensed under this chapter unless exempted from licensing as provided in this section.
(11) A facility licensed under s. 394.875 as a crisis stabilization unit.

The exemptions from licensure in subsections (3), (4), (8), (9), and (10) do not apply to any service provider that receives an appropriation, grant, or contract from the state to operate as a service provider as defined in this chapter or to any substance abuse program regulated under s. 397.4014. Furthermore, this chapter may not be construed to limit the practice of a physician or physician assistant licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459, a psychologist licensed under chapter 490, a psychotherapist licensed under chapter 491, or an advanced practice registered nurse licensed under part I of chapter 464, who provides substance abuse treatment, so long as the physician, physician assistant, psychologist, psychotherapist, or advanced practice registered nurse does not represent to the public that he or she is a licensed service provider and does not provide services to individuals under part V of this chapter. Failure to comply with any requirement necessary to maintain an exempt status under this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

History.s. 3, ch. 93-39; s. 734, ch. 95-148; s. 65, ch. 97-190; s. 208, ch. 99-13; s. 9, ch. 2000-350; s. 51, ch. 2001-45; s. 31, ch. 2001-62; s. 3, ch. 2002-196; s. 985, ch. 2002-387; s. 91, ch. 2004-267; s. 4, ch. 2005-55; s. 44, ch. 2006-1; s. 40, ch. 2006-227; s. 13, ch. 2009-132; s. 8, ch. 2015-100; s. 70, ch. 2016-241; s. 4, ch. 2017-173; s. 25, ch. 2018-106; s. 11, ch. 2020-39.
Note.Former s. 397.405.