Terms Used In Florida Statutes > Chapter 394 - Mental Health
Access center: means a facility that has medical, mental health, and substance abuse professionals to provide emergency screening and evaluation for mental health or substance abuse disorders and may provide transportation to an appropriate facility if an individual is in need of more intensive services. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Accessible electronic information and information technology: means electronic information and information technology that conforms to the standards for accessible electronic information and information technology as set forth by…. See Florida Statutes 282.602
Addictions receiving facility: is a secure, acute care facility that, at a minimum, provides emergency screening, evaluation, detoxification, and stabilization services; is operated 24 hours per day, 7 days per week; and is designated by the department to serve individuals found to have substance abuse impairment who qualify for services under this part. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Administrator: means the chief administrative officer of a receiving or treatment facility or his or her designee. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
Affiliate: means an entity that is related through a parent corporation's controlling interest. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Affirmed: In the practice of the appellate courts, the decree or order is declared valid and will stand as rendered in the lower court.
Agency: means any official, officer, department, board, commission, division, bureau, section, district, office, authority, committee, or council, or any other unit of organization, however designated, of the executive branch of state government, and the Public Service Commission. See Florida Statutes 283.30
agency computing facility: means agency space containing fewer than a total of 10 physical or logical servers, but excluding single, logical-server installations that exclusively perform a utility function such as file and print servers. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Agency with jurisdiction: means the entity that releases, upon lawful order or authority, a person who is serving a sentence in the custody of the Department of Corrections, a person who was adjudicated delinquent and is committed to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice, a person who was involuntarily committed to the custody of the Department of Children and Families upon an adjudication of not guilty by reason of insanity, or a person who is serving a sentence in a county or municipal jail for a sexually violent offense as defined in paragraph (9)(i). See Florida Statutes 394.912
Alarm system: means any electrical device, signaling device, or combination of electrical devices used to signal or detect a burglary, fire, robbery, or medical emergency. See Florida Statutes 489.505
Alarm system contractor: means a person whose business includes the execution of contracts requiring the ability, experience, science, knowledge, and skill to lay out, fabricate, install, maintain, alter, repair, monitor, inspect, replace, or service alarm systems for compensation, including, but not limited to, all types of alarm systems for all purposes. See Florida Statutes 489.505
Allegation: something that someone says happened.
Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
Appraisal: A determination of property value.
Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
Assessable improvements: means , without limitation, any and all public improvements and community facilities that the district is empowered to provide in accordance with this act. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Assessment bonds: means special obligations of the district which are payable solely from proceeds of the special assessments levied for an assessable project. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
Average daily balance: means the average daily balance of public deposits held during the reported month. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Average monthly balance: means the average monthly balance of public deposits held by the depository during any 12 calendar months. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
board: means the board within a district or subdistrict of the department which is established in accordance with 1s. See Florida Statutes 394.67
board of supervisors: means the governing board of the district or, if such board has been abolished, the board, body, or commission succeeding to the principal functions thereof or to whom the powers given to the board by this act have been given by law. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Bond: includes "certificate" and the provisions which are applicable to bonds are equally applicable to certificates. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Book-entry form: means that securities are not represented by a paper certificate but represented by an account entry on the records of a depository trust clearing system or, in the case of United States Government securities, a Federal Reserve Bank. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Budget authority: Authority provided by law to enter into obligations that will result in outlays of Federal funds. Budget authority may be classified by the period of availability (one-year, multiyear, no-year), by the timing of congressional action (current or permanent), or by the manner of determining the amount available (definite or indefinite).
Certificate: means a geographically unlimited certificate of competency issued by the department as provided in this part. See Florida Statutes 489.505
Certification: means the act of obtaining or holding a certificate of competency from the department as provided in this part. See Florida Statutes 489.505
Charity: An agency, institution, or organization in existence and operating for the benefit of an indefinite number of persons and conducted for educational, religious, scientific, medical, or other beneficent purposes.
Chief judge: The judge who has primary responsibility for the administration of a court but also decides cases; chief judges are determined by seniority.
Client: means any individual receiving services in any substance abuse or mental health facility, program, or service, which facility, program, or service is operated, funded, or regulated by the agency and the department or regulated by the agency. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Clinical record: means all parts of the record required to be maintained and includes all medical records, progress notes, charts, and admission and discharge data, and all other information recorded by facility staff which pertains to the patient's hospitalization or treatment. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Collateral-pledging level: means the percentage of collateral required to be pledged by a qualified public depository as provided under…. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
Community development district: means a local unit of special-purpose government which is created pursuant to this act and limited to the performance of those specialized functions authorized by this act; the governing head of which is a body created, organized, and constituted and authorized to function specifically as prescribed in this act for the purpose of the delivery of urban community development services; and the formation, powers, governing body, operation, duration, accountability, requirements for disclosure, and termination of which are as required by general law. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Community facility: means a community service provider that contracts with the department to furnish substance abuse or mental health services under part IV of this chapter. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Community mental health center or clinic: means a publicly funded, not-for-profit center that contracts with the department for the provision of inpatient, outpatient, day treatment, or emergency services. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
Contracting: means , except where exempted in this part, engaging in business as a contractor or performing electrical or alarm work for compensation and includes, but is not limited to, performance of any of the acts found in subsections (2) and (12), which define the services which a contractor is allowed to perform. See Florida Statutes 489.505
Contractor: means a person who is qualified to engage in the business of electrical or alarm system contracting pursuant to a certificate or registration issued by the department. See Florida Statutes 489.505
Convicted of a sexually violent offense: means a person who has been:
(a) Adjudicated guilty of a sexually violent offense after a trial, guilty plea, or plea of nolo contendere;
(b) Adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity of a sexually violent offense; or
(c) Adjudicated delinquent of a sexually violent offense after a trial, guilty plea, or plea of nolo contendere. See Florida Statutes 394.912
Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
Cost: when used with reference to any project, includes, but is not limited to:
(a) The expenses of determining the feasibility or practicability of acquisition, construction, or reconstruction. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Court reporter: A person who makes a word-for-word record of what is said in court and produces a transcript of the proceedings upon request.
Crisis services: means short-term evaluation, stabilization, and brief intervention services provided to a person who is experiencing an acute mental or emotional crisis, as defined in subsection (18), or an acute substance abuse crisis, as defined in subsection (19), to prevent further deterioration of the person's mental health. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Crisis stabilization unit: means a program that provides an alternative to inpatient hospitalization and that provides brief, intensive services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for mentally ill individuals who are in an acutely disturbed state. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Current month: means the month immediately following the month for which the monthly report is due from qualified public depositories. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Custodian: means the Chief Financial Officer or a bank, savings association, or trust company that:
(a) Is organized and existing under the laws of this state, any other state, or the United States;
(b) Has executed all forms required under this chapter or any rule adopted hereunder;
(c) Agrees to be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state, or of the courts of the United States which are located within this state, for the purpose of any litigation arising out of this chapter; and
Customer entity: means an entity that obtains services from the Department of Management Services. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Cybersecurity: means the protection afforded to an automated information system in order to attain the applicable objectives of preserving the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, information, and information technology resources. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
Data: means a subset of structured information in a format that allows such information to be electronically retrieved and transmitted. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Data governance: means the practice of organizing, classifying, securing, and implementing policies, procedures, and standards for the effective use of an organization's data. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
Default or insolvency: includes , without limitation, the failure or refusal of a qualified public depository to pay a check or warrant drawn upon sufficient and collected funds by a public depositor or to return a deposit on demand or at maturity together with interest as agreed; the issuance of an order by a supervisory authority restraining such depository from making payments of deposit liabilities; or the appointment of a receiver for such depository. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
Designated receiving facility: means a facility approved by the department which may be a public or private hospital, crisis stabilization unit, or addictions receiving facility; which provides, at a minimum, emergency screening, evaluation, and short-term stabilization for mental health or substance abuse disorders; and which may have an agreement with a corresponding facility for transportation and services. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Director: means any member of the official board of directors reported in the organization's annual corporate report to the Florida Department of State, or, if no such report is made, any member of the operating board of directors. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Disaster recovery: means the process, policies, procedures, and infrastructure related to preparing for and implementing recovery or continuation of an agency's vital technology infrastructure after a natural or human-induced disaster. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
District administrator: means the person appointed by the Secretary of Children and Families for the purpose of administering a department service district as set forth in 1s. See Florida Statutes 394.67
District roads: means highways, streets, roads, alleys, sidewalks, landscaping, storm drains, bridges, and thoroughfares of all kinds and descriptions. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
Donee: The recipient of a gift.
Donor: The person who makes a gift.
Duplicating: means the process of reproducing an image or images from an original to a final substrate through the electrophotographic, xerographic, laser, or offset process or any combination of these processes, by which an operator can make more than one copy without rehandling the original. See Florida Statutes 283.30
Electronic: means technology having electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic, or similar capabilities. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Electronic information and information technology: includes information technology and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment that is used in creating, converting, or duplicating data or information. See Florida Statutes 282.602
Electronic means: means a form of telecommunication which requires all parties to maintain visual as well as audio communication when being used to conduct an examination by a qualified professional. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Eligible collateral: means securities, Federal Home Loan Bank letters of credit, and cash, as designated in…. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Enterprise: means state agencies and the Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of Financial Services, and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Enterprise architecture: means a comprehensive operational framework that contemplates the needs and assets of the enterprise to support interoperability. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
Ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
Express and informed consent: means consent voluntarily given in writing, by a competent person, after sufficient explanation and disclosure of the subject matter involved to enable the person to make a knowing and willful decision without any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, or other form of constraint or coercion. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Facility: means any hospital, community facility, public or private facility, or receiving or treatment facility providing for the evaluation, diagnosis, care, treatment, training, or hospitalization of persons who appear to have or who have been diagnosed as having a mental illness or substance abuse impairment. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
Federal funds: means funds from federal sources for substance abuse or mental health facilities and programs, exclusive of federal funds that are deemed eligible by the Federal Government, and are eligible through state regulation, for matching purposes. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
Financial institution: means , including, but not limited to, an association, bank, brokerage firm, credit union, industrial savings bank, savings and loan association, trust company, or other type of financial institution organized under the laws of this state or any other state of the United States and doing business in this state or any other state, in the general nature of the business conducted by banks and savings associations. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
General obligation bonds: means bonds which are secured by, or provide for their payment by, the pledge, in addition to those special taxes levied for their discharge and such other sources as may be provided for their payment or pledged as security under the resolution authorizing their issuance, of the full faith and credit and taxing power of the district and for payment of which recourse may be had against the general fund of the district. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
Governing body: means the chief legislative body of a county, a board of county commissioners, or boards of county commissioners in counties acting jointly, or their counterparts in a charter government. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Governmental unit: means the state or any county, school district, community college district, state university, special district, metropolitan government, or municipality, including any agency, board, bureau, commission, and institution of any of such entities, or any court. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
Guardian: means the natural guardian of a minor, or a person appointed by a court to act on behalf of a ward's person if the ward is a minor or has been adjudicated incapacitated. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Guardian advocate: means a person appointed by a court to make decisions regarding mental health treatment on behalf of a patient who has been found incompetent to consent to treatment pursuant to this part. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
Hearsay: Statements by a witness who did not see or hear the incident in question but heard about it from someone else. Hearsay is usually not admissible as evidence in court.
Incapacitated: means that a person has been adjudicated incapacitated pursuant to part V of chapter 744 and a guardian of the person has been appointed. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Incident: means a violation or an imminent threat of violation, whether such violation is accidental or deliberate, of information technology resources, security, policies, or practices. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Incompetent to consent to treatment: means a state in which a person's judgment is so affected by a mental illness or a substance abuse impairment that he or she lacks the capacity to make a well-reasoned, willful, and knowing decision concerning his or her medical, mental health, or substance abuse treatment. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
Information technology: means equipment, hardware, software, firmware, programs, systems, networks, infrastructure, media, and related material used to automatically, electronically, and wirelessly collect, receive, access, transmit, display, store, record, retrieve, analyze, evaluate, process, classify, manipulate, manage, assimilate, control, communicate, exchange, convert, converge, interface, switch, or disseminate information of any kind or form. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Information technology: means any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment that is used in the automatic acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, or reception of data or information. See Florida Statutes 282.602
Information technology policy: means a definite course or method of action selected from among one or more alternatives that guide and determine present and future decisions. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
Interoperability: means the technical ability to share and use data across and throughout the enterprise. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Involuntary services: means court-ordered outpatient services or inpatient placement for mental health treatment pursuant to…. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
Landowner: means the owner of a freehold estate as appears by the deed record, including a trustee, a private corporation, and an owner of a condominium unit; it does not include a reversioner, remainderman, mortgagee, or any governmental entity, who shall not be counted and need not be notified of proceedings under this act. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
Legacy: A gift of property made by will.
Legislative Auditing Committee: means a committee or committees designated by joint rule of the Legislature, by the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or by agreement between the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. See Florida Statutes 1.01
Legislative session: That part of a chamber's daily session in which it considers legislative business (bills, resolutions, and actions related thereto).
Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
Likely to engage in acts of sexual violence: means the person's propensity to commit acts of sexual violence is of such a degree as to pose a menace to the health and safety of others. See Florida Statutes 394.912
Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
Local general-purpose government: means a county, municipality, or consolidated city-county government. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Local matching funds: means funds received from governing bodies of local government, including city commissions, county commissions, district school boards, special tax districts, private hospital funds, private gifts, both individual and corporate, and bequests and funds received from community drives or any other sources. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Loss to public depositors: means loss of all principal and all interest or other earnings on the principal accrued or accruing as of the date the qualified public depository was declared in default or insolvent. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Marriage and family therapist: means a person licensed to practice marriage and family therapy under…. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Mediation: means a process whereby a neutral third party acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute without prescribing what it should be. See Florida Statutes 489.505
Mental abnormality: means a mental condition affecting a person's emotional or volitional capacity which predisposes the person to commit sexually violent offenses. See Florida Statutes 394.912
Mental health counselor: means a person licensed to practice mental health counseling under…. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Mental health overlay program: means a mobile service that provides an independent examination for voluntary admission and a range of supplemental onsite services to persons with a mental illness in a residential setting such as a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or an adult family-care home or a nonresidential setting such as an adult day care center. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Mental health services: means those therapeutic interventions and activities that help to eliminate, reduce, or manage symptoms or distress for persons who have severe emotional distress or a mental illness and to effectively manage the disability that often accompanies a mental illness so that the person can recover from the mental illness, become appropriately self-sufficient for his or her age, and live in a stable family or in the community. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Mental illness: means an impairment of the mental or emotional processes that exercise conscious control of one's actions or of the ability to perceive or understand reality, which impairment substantially interferes with the person's ability to meet the ordinary demands of living. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Minor: means an individual who is 17 years of age or younger and who has not had the disability of nonage removed pursuant to…. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Mistrial: An invalid trial, caused by fundamental error. When a mistrial is declared, the trial must start again from the selection of the jury.
Mobile crisis response service: means a nonresidential crisis service available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week which provides immediate intensive assessments and interventions, including screening for admission into a mental health receiving facility, an addictions receiving facility, or a detoxification facility, for the purpose of identifying appropriate treatment services. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
Office of Economic and Demographic Research: means an entity designated by joint rule of the Legislature or by agreement between the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. See Florida Statutes 1.01
Open data: means data collected or created by a state agency, the Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of Financial Services, and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and structured in a way that enables the data to be fully discoverable and usable by the public. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Operating subsidiary: means the qualified public depository's 100-percent owned corporation that has ownership of pledged collateral. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
Patient: means any person, with or without a co-occurring substance abuse disorder, who is held or accepted for mental health treatment. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Patient fees: means compensation received by a community substance abuse or mental health facility for services rendered to a specific client from any source of funds, including city, county, state, federal, and private sources. See Florida Statutes 394.67
person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
Person: means an individual 18 years of age or older who is a potential or actual subject of proceedings under this part. See Florida Statutes 394.912
Person who is experiencing an acute mental or emotional crisis: means a child, adolescent, or adult who is experiencing a psychotic episode or a high level of mental or emotional distress which may be precipitated by a traumatic event or a perceived life problem for which the individual's typical coping strategies are inadequate. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Personal property: All property that is not real property.
Physical restraint: includes the physical holding of a person during a procedure to forcibly administer psychotropic medication. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Physician: means a medical practitioner licensed under chapter 458 or chapter 459 who has experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness or a physician employed by a facility operated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Department of Defense. See Florida Statutes 394.455
plan: means the combined district substance abuse and mental health plan approved by the district administrator and governing bodies in accordance with this part. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
Pledged collateral: means securities or cash held separately and distinctly by an eligible custodian for the benefit of the Chief Financial Officer to be used as security for Florida public deposits. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Pledgor: means the qualified public depository and, if one is used, operating subsidiary. See Florida Statutes 280.02
political subdivision: include counties, cities, towns, villages, special tax school districts, special road and bridge districts, bridge districts, and all other districts in this state. See Florida Statutes 1.01
Pool figure: means the total average monthly balances of public deposits held by all qualified public depositories during the immediately preceding 12-month period. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
Premises: means those buildings, beds, and facilities located at the main address of the licensee and all other buildings, beds, and facilities for the provision of acute or residential care which are located in such reasonable proximity to the main address of the licensee as to appear to the public to be under the dominion and control of the licensee. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Presiding officer: A majority-party Senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing Members to speak, and interpreting the Senate's rules, practices and precedents.
Primary qualifying agent: means a person who possesses the requisite skill, knowledge, and experience, and has the responsibility, to supervise, direct, manage, and control the electrical or alarm system contracting activities of the business organization with which he or she is connected; and whose technical and personal qualifications have been determined by investigation and examination as provided in this part by the department, as attested to by the board; and who has been issued a certificate of competency by the department. See Florida Statutes 489.505
Private facility: means a hospital or facility operated by a for-profit or not-for-profit corporation or association which provides mental health or substance abuse services and is not a public facility. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
Program office: means the Mental Health Program Office of the Department of Children and Families. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Project: means an endeavor that has a defined start and end point; is undertaken to create or modify a unique product, service, or result; and has specific objectives that, when attained, signify completion. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Project: means any development, improvement, property, utility, facility, works, enterprise, or service now existing or hereafter undertaken or established under the provisions of this act. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Project oversight: means an independent review and analysis of an information technology project that provides information on the project's scope, completion timeframes, and budget and that identifies and quantifies issues or risks affecting the successful and timely completion of the project. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Public: means those entities and persons other than subordinate and functionally related or connected federal, state, or local governmental agencies. See Florida Statutes 283.30
Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
Public deposit: means the moneys of the state or of any state university, county, school district, community college district, special district, metropolitan government, or municipality, including agencies, boards, bureaus, commissions, and institutions of any of the foregoing, or of any court, and includes the moneys of all county officers, including constitutional officers, which are placed on deposit in a bank, savings bank, or savings association. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Public depositor: means the official custodian of funds for a governmental unit who is responsible for handling public deposits. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Public deposits program: means the Florida Security for Public Deposits Act contained in this chapter and any rule adopted under this chapter. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Public facility: means a facility that has contracted with the department to provide mental health services to all persons, regardless of ability to pay, and is receiving state funds for such purpose. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Qualified elector: means any person at least 18 years of age who is a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Florida and of the district, and who registers to vote with the supervisor of elections in the county in which the district land is located. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Qualified public depository: means a bank, savings bank, or savings association that:
(a) Is organized and exists under the laws of the United States or the laws of this state or any other state or territory of the United States. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
Ransomware incident: means a malicious cybersecurity incident in which a person or an entity introduces software that gains unauthorized access to or encrypts, modifies, or otherwise renders unavailable a state agency's, county's, or municipality's data and thereafter the person or entity demands a ransom to prevent the publication of the data, restore access to the data, or otherwise remediate the impact of the software. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
Receiving facility: means a public or private facility or hospital designated by the department to receive and hold or refer, as appropriate, involuntary patients under emergency conditions for mental health or substance abuse evaluation and to provide treatment or transportation to the appropriate service provider. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Recourse: An arrangement in which a bank retains, in form or in substance, any credit risk directly or indirectly associated with an asset it has sold (in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles) that exceeds a pro rata share of the bank's claim on the asset. If a bank has no claim on an asset it has sold, then the retention of any credit risk is recourse. Source: FDIC
Refunding bonds: means bonds issued to refinance outstanding bonds of any type and the interest and redemption premium thereon. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Registrant: means a person who has registered with the department pursuant to the requirements of this part. See Florida Statutes 489.505
Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
Remainderman: One entitled to the remainder of an estate after a particular reserved right or interest, such as a life tenancy, has expired.
Reported month: means the month for which a monthly report is due from qualified public depositories. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
Representative: means a person selected to receive notice of proceedings during the time a patient is held in or admitted to a receiving or treatment facility. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Residential treatment center for children and adolescents: means a 24-hour residential program, including a therapeutic group home, which provides mental health services to emotionally disturbed children or adolescents as defined in…. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Residential treatment facility: means a facility providing residential care and treatment to individuals exhibiting symptoms of mental illness who are in need of a 24-hour-per-day, 7-day-a-week structured living environment, respite care, or long-term community placement. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
Restraint: means :
(a) A physical restraint, including any manual method or physical or mechanical device, material, or equipment attached or adjacent to an individual's body so that he or she cannot easily remove the restraint and which restricts freedom of movement or normal access to one's body. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Revenue bonds: means obligations of the district which are payable from revenues derived from sources other than ad valorem taxes on real or tangible personal property and which do not pledge the property, credit, or general tax revenue of the district. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Risk assessment: means the process of identifying security risks, determining their magnitude, and identifying areas needing safeguards. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Seclusion: means the physical segregation or involuntary isolation of a person in a room or area from which the person is prevented from leaving. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Secondary qualifying agent: means a person who possesses the requisite skill, knowledge, and experience, and has the responsibility to supervise, direct, manage, and control the electrical or alarm system contracting activities on a job for which he or she has obtained a permit; and whose technical and personal qualifications have been determined by investigation and examination as provided in this part by the department, as attested to by the board; and who has been issued a certificate of competency by the department. See Florida Statutes 489.505
Service level: means the key performance indicators (KPI) of an organization or service which must be regularly performed, monitored, and achieved. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Service provider: means a receiving facility, a facility licensed under chapter 397, a treatment facility, an entity under contract with the department to provide mental health or substance abuse services, a community mental health center or clinic, a psychologist, a clinical social worker, a marriage and family therapist, a mental health counselor, a physician, a psychiatrist, an advanced practice registered nurse, a psychiatric nurse, or a qualified professional as defined in…. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Service-level agreement: means a written contract between the Department of Management Services or a provider of data center services and a customer entity which specifies the scope of services provided, the service level, the duration of the agreement, the responsible parties, and the service costs. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
sewer system: includes treatment plants, pumping stations, lift stations, valves, force mains, intercepting sewers, laterals, pressure lines, mains, and all necessary appurtenances and equipment; all sewer mains, laterals, and other devices for the reception and collection of sewage from premises connected therewith; and all real and personal property and any interest therein, rights, easements, and franchises of any nature relating to any such system and necessary or convenient for operation thereof. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Sexually motivated: means that one of the purposes for which the defendant committed the crime was for sexual gratification. See Florida Statutes 394.912
(a) Has been convicted of a sexually violent offense; and
(b) Suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in acts of sexual violence if not confined in a secure facility for long-term control, care, and treatment. See Florida Statutes 394.912
Sliding fee scale: means a schedule of fees for identified services delivered by a service provider which are based on a uniform schedule of discounts deducted from the service provider's usual and customary charges. See Florida Statutes 394.67
Standards: means required practices, controls, components, or configurations established by an authority. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
State agency: means any official, officer, commission, board, authority, council, committee, or department of the executive branch of state government; the Justice Administrative Commission; and the Public Service Commission. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
State agency: means any agency of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of state government. See Florida Statutes 282.602
Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
Substance abuse impairment: means a condition involving the use of alcoholic beverages or any psychoactive or mood-altering substance in such a manner that a person has lost the power of self-control and has inflicted or is likely to inflict physical harm on himself, herself, or another. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Substance abuse services: means services designed to prevent or remediate the consequences of substance abuse, improve an individual's quality of life and self-sufficiency, and support long-term recovery. See Florida Statutes 394.67
SUNCOM Network: means the state enterprise telecommunications system that provides all methods of electronic or optical telecommunications beyond a single building or contiguous building complex and used by entities authorized as network users under this part. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
tangible equity capital: means total equity capital, as defined on the balance-sheet portion of the Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (call report), less intangible assets, as submitted to the regulatory banking authority. See Florida Statutes 280.02
Telecommunications: means the science and technology of communication at a distance, including electronic systems used in the transmission or reception of information. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Testify: Answer questions in court.
Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
Threat: means any circumstance or event that has the potential to adversely impact a state agency's operations or assets through an information system via unauthorized access, destruction, disclosure, or modification of information or denial of service. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
Total confinement: means that the person is currently being held in any physically secure facility being operated or contractually operated for the Department of Corrections, the Department of Juvenile Justice, or the Department of Children and Families. See Florida Statutes 394.912
Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
Transfer evaluation: means the process by which a person who is being considered for placement in a state treatment facility is evaluated for appropriateness of admission to such facility. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Treatment facility: means a state-owned, state-operated, or state-supported hospital, center, or clinic designated by the department for extended treatment and hospitalization, beyond that provided for by a receiving facility, of persons who have a mental illness, including facilities of the United States Government, and any private facility designated by the department when rendering such services to a person pursuant to the provisions of this part. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Triage center: means a facility that has medical, mental health, and substance abuse professionals present or on call to provide emergency screening and evaluation for mental health or substance abuse disorders for individuals transported to the center by a law enforcement officer. See Florida Statutes 394.455
Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
Uniform Commercial Code: A set of statutes enacted by the various states to provide consistency among the states' commercial laws. It includes negotiable instruments, sales, stock transfers, trust and warehouse receipts, and bills of lading. Source: OCC
User fees: Fees charged to users of goods or services provided by the government. In levying or authorizing these fees, the legislature determines whether the revenue should go into the treasury or should be available to the agency providing the goods or services.
Variance: means a calculated value that illustrates how far positive or negative a projection has deviated when measured against documented estimates within a project plan. See Florida Statutes 282.0041
Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
veteran: means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under honorable conditions only or who later received an upgraded discharge under honorable conditions, notwithstanding any action by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs on individuals discharged or released with other than honorable discharges. See Florida Statutes 1.01
Victim advocate: work with prosecutors and assist the victims of a crime.
water management and control facilities: includes all real and personal property and any interest therein, rights, easements, and franchises of any nature relating to any such water management and control facilities or necessary or convenient for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, operation, or maintenance thereof. See Florida Statutes 190.003
Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 1.01