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Special Needs Shelter Interagency Committee

Contact the Bureau of Preparedness and Response

  •  850-245-4040

    Mailing Address

    Florida Department of Health 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A23 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399 

The 1999 Legislative session established Section 381.0303(5), F.S., creating the
Special Needs Shelter Interagency Committee (SpNS) under the direction of the Department of
Health.  The legislation authorized the State Surgeon General to establish an interagency committee with the State Surgeon General (or an appointed designee) to serve as the committee’s chair.  The committee, originally formed to address issues not dealt with in the state’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, identifies and works to resolve special needs sheltering challenges.   

The interagency committee is championed by the Bureau of Preparedness and Response and includes approximately 35 members from different state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other local associations.  The committee has addressed specific topics, including: 
  • Functional Needs Support Services
  • Level of Care Planning
  • Animals in Shelters
  • Communications
  • Discharge Planning
  • Mental Health and Cognitive Impairments
  • Transportation
The committee also addresses high priority issues identified by members and key stakeholders.  The goal is to facilitate the development of policies, procedures, and best practices that may be adopted in the state’s Special Needs Shelter Program, focusing not only on people with special medical needs, but also on the state’s vulnerable population.

Committee work could not be done without key stakeholders.  Participation is appreciated as Florida strives to meet the medical needs of special needs clients and vulnerable populations.

Upcoming Meetings 

No meetings scheduled at this time

Special Needs Shelter Interagency Committee Member Roster

Past Meetings 

April 9, 2015  SpNS Interagency Committee Meeting Summary

November 21, 2013

May 16, 2013
January 18, 2013
For more information regarding the SpNS Interagency Committee or to request meeting notifications, please send an email to the below address:

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To contact us by phone, call (850) 245-4040

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