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Volunteer Health Care Practitioner Program

Contact the School Health Services Program

Public School Volunteer Health Care Practitioner Program

The Public School Volunteer Health Care Practitioner Act (s. 381.00593, F.S.) was enacted during the 2002 legislative session. The goal of this program is to make a higher quality of health care available in Florida's public schools by encouraging health care practitioners to volunteer their services. This program is implemented by the Department of Health and the Department of Education, in coordination with the"School Health Services Act", s. 381.0056, F.S.  Refer to the following statutes for program requirements:

Provisions:

  • Health Care Practitioner means: physician; osteopathic physician; chiropractic physician; podiatric physician; optometrist; advanced registered nurse practitioner, registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse; pharmacist; dentist or dental hygienist; midwife; speech-language pathologist or audiologist; or physical therapist licensed under the applicable Florida Statute.
  • Services are provided, without compensation, in a public school
  • Services are intended to complement existing school health services or increase the level of health care
  • During a biennial licensure period, participants must provide at least 80 hours per school year, or 400 hours per school year if retired

NOTE: A school year is 10 months, excluding holidays.  Services must normally be provided at the public school campus during the regular school day, as established by each county school district.

Requirements:

To participate in the program, a health care practitioner must:

  • Have a valid, active Florida license.
  • Submit finger prints and have a background screening

Incentives:

Upon presentation of proof of completion from the school district, the participant is eligible for:

  • Waiver of the biennial license renewal fee for an active license; and
  • Fulfillment of a maximum of 25 percent of the continuing education hours required for license renewal. Waiver does not apply to mandatory continuing education hours (HIV/AIDS, Medical Error Reduction, Domestic Violence), as required by the Board of Nursing

Information:

Licensure
Contact the appropriate Department of Health Medical Board. Each board can also provide requirements regarding the acceptable proof of completion. Each school district must certify the volunteer hours performed. Division of Medical Quality Assurance

Local School Districts
County school districts may not choose to participate in this program due to local issues or limitations (such as liability or self insurance restrictions, and availability of program funding for volunteer orientation, scheduling, and supervision of volunteer staff).  Contact the county school district volunteer coordinator for information.  A district volunteer coordinator list is maintained on the Department of Education, Bureau of Family and Community Outreach page at www.fldoe.org/family/dvc.asp.

Department of Health
School Health Services Program Office
Phone:
(850) 245-4475
E-mail:
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
FamilyHealthServices@doh.state.fl.us

Volunteer Services Program
Phone:
(850) 245-4444, Extension 4152 or 2572
E-mail:
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
DHAT_VolunteerCoor@doh.state.fl.us

Documentation

The following formats are provided as models that may be used and modified for local use in order to document and certify volunteer health care practitioner hours.