State Statutes

HPCNEF State Statute 408.033

Local and state health planning councils may:

  1. Develop a district area health plan that permits each local health council to develop strategies and set priorities for implementation based on its unique local health needs.
  2. Advise the “Agency” on healthcare issues and resource allocations.
  3. Promote public awareness of community health needs, emphasizing health promotion and cost-effective health service selection.
  4. Collect data and conduct analysis and studies related to healthcare needs of the district, including needs of medically indigent persons, and assist the agency and other state agencies in carrying out data collection activities that relate to the functions of this subsection.
  5. Monitor the onsite construction progress, if any, of certificate of need approved projects and report council findings to the agency on forms provided by the agency.
  6. Advise and assist any regional planning councils within each district that have elected to address health issues in their strategic regional policy plans with the development of the health element of the plans to address the health goals and policies in the State Comprehensive Plan.
  7. Advise and assist local governments within each district on the development of an optional health plan element of the comprehensive plan provided in chapter 163, to assure compatibility with the health goals and policies in the State Comprehensive Plan and district health plan. To facilitate the implementation of this section, the local health council shall annually provide the local governments in its service area, upon request, with:
    1. A copy of and appropriate updates of the district health plan;
    2. A report of hospital and nursing home utilization statistics for facilities within the local government jurisdiction; and
    3. Applicable agency rules and calculated need methodologies for health facilities and services regulated under s. 408.034 for the district served by the local health council.
  8. Monitor and evaluate the adequacy, appropriateness, and effectiveness, within the district, of local, state, federal, and private funds distributed to meet the needs of the medically indigent and other underserved population groups.
  9. In conjunction with the Department of Health, plan for services at the local level for persons infected with the human immunodeficiency virus.
  10. Provide technical assistance to encourage and support activities by providers, purchasers, consumers, and local, regional, and state agencies in meeting the healthcare goals, objectives, and policies adopted by the local health council.
  11. Provide the agency with data required by rule for the review of certificate-of-need applications and the projection of need for health services and facilities in the district.
    1. Local health councils may conduct public hearings to pursuant s.408.039(3)(b).
    2. Each local health council shall enter into a memorandum of agreement with each regional planning council in its district that elects to address health issues in its strategic regional policy plan. In addition, each local health council shall enter into a memorandum of agreement with each local government that includes an optional health element in its comprehensive plan. Each memorandum of agreement must specify the manner in which each local government, regional planning council, and local health council will coordinate its activities to ensure a unified approach to health planning and implementation efforts.
    3. Local health councils may employ personnel or contract for staffing services with persons who possess appropriate qualifications to carry out the councils’ purposes. However, such personnel are not state employees.
    4. Personnel of the local health councils shall provide an annual orientation to council members about council member responsibilities.
    5. Each local health council is authorized to accept and receive, in furtherance of its health planning functions, funds, grants, and services from governmental agencies and from private or civic sources and to perform studies related to local health planning in exchange for such funds, grants, or services. Each local health council shall, no later than January 30 of each year, render an accounting of the receipt and disbursement of such funds received by it to the Department of Health. The department shall consolidate all such reports and submit such consolidated report to the Legislature no later than March 1 of each year.