Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - December 10, 2019
December 10, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #77

Ordinance 19-46 - Infectious Disease Elimination Program

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Joshua T. Barnett, Health Care Services Manager, Ext. 3978

Jennifer Bencie, MD, Health Officer, Department of Health in Manatee County

Ava Ehde, Neighborhood Services Department Director, Ext. 3974

Action Requested
  • Adoption of Ordinance No. 19-46, amending the title of Chapter 2-18 from "Pain Management Clinics" to "Public Health" and creating Article II - Manatee County Infectious Disease Elimination Program Ordinance, and
  • Authorization to execute a Letter of Agreement pursuant to F.S. 381.0038(4) with the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statute 381.0038(4) Infectious Disease Elimination Act

Background Discussion
The "Infectious Disease Elimination Act," was passed by the Florida Legislature (S 40-0; H 111-3) and was signed into law by Governor DeSantis, effective July 1, 2019.

The Health Care Services Section of the Neighborhood Services Department, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County, has worked with the Manatee County Health Care Alliance, County Administration, the County Attorney's Office, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Children and Families, and local community stakeholders regarding this program and the ensuing ordinance.

As a result of local collaboration, education, six focus groups, and stakeholder meetings (05/28/2019 & 06/19/2019), the Infectious Disease Elimination program services is identified as a necessary and positive next step in addressing the ongoing effects of the opioid epidemic. The goal of the proposed Ordinance is to eliminate the transmission of infectious diseases.

Florida Statutes, Section 381.0038(4)(a)2, requires a county commission to approve Exchange Services via an Ordinance.  It also requires a Letter of Agreement with the local health department for the purposes of data exchange and monitoring, and to develop contracts with eligible entities to provide allowable services without any potential cost to the County.  Overall operations, data management, education, and updates are outlined in the proposed ordinance. 

The Palm Beach Commission has already enacted an ordinance to allow Exchange Services within their county, in addition to the Miami-Dade program currently in operation.

County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please provide copies of the approved ordinance to:

Original to: Board Records

Copy to: Health Care Services, Joshua Barnett, at joshua.barnett@mymanatee.org

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Response Memo to CAO Matter No. 2019-0449.initialled.pdf
Attachment:  SB366_IDEA Bill Expansion_June 2019.pdf
Attachment:  Proposed Ordinance 19-46 (updated).pdf
Attachment:  Syringe Needle Exchange LOA.pdf
Attachment:  SEP Fact Sheet.pdf
Attachment:  IDEA Letter of Support - Manatee County Health Care Alliance.pdf
Attachment:  Ordinance 19-46 - Notice of Public Hearing.pdf