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Spacer New Horizons of the Treasure Coast: A State-contracted facility providing substance abuse and mental health service programs. Pursuant to Florida Statutes Chapter 394, the State Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) was appointed to coordinate a state-wide system of comprehensive, coordinated alcohol, drug abuse and mental health services. HRS is authorized to contract with local organizations to establish and operate programs to provide these services. Under the statute, contracted costs for community alcohol and mental health services, with specified exemptions, require local participation on a 75-to-25 state-to-local ratio.


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Spacer State Health Department: The HRS-Indian River County Public Health Unit. Under Florida Statutes Chapter 154 a contractual agreement between the County and the State is required to establish and maintain a full-time public health unit. Three areas of service are provided - environmental health, communicable disease control and primary care for those persons unable to obtain such services due to lack of income or barriers beyond their control.


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Spacer State Forest Service: Provides fire protection of all forest and wild lands within the County. Under Florida Statutes Chapter 125.27, the County must enter into an annual agreement with the Division of Forestry of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the establishment and maintenance of this county service. The fire protection costs are funded by State and Federal funds. Part of the State funds is an annual county assessment equal to the total forest and wild land acreage within each county multiplied by 3 cents. The County's assessment is for 102,657 acres.


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Spacer Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council: Created under the Florida Regional Planning Council Act (State Statute Chapter 186.501). Regional planning councils were created primarily to establish a common system for area-wide coordination and cooperative activities of federal, state and local governments and to enhance the ability and opportunity of local governments to resolve issues and problems transcending their individual boundaries. Regional transportation policy and associated land development coordintion are examples of such planning issues.

Besides local government voting members, the council includes nonvoting representatives from the appropriate water management district, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Commerce. Indian River County participates in an interlocal agreement whereby operating costs of the council arae shared with Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties based on a per capita assessment. Funding by the county government involved is required pursuant to Chapter 163.02 of the Florida Statutes.


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Spacer Sexual Asssault Assistance Program: Under the Victim Service Program of the State Attorney's Office. Staffing costs (director, victim advocates and secretarial support), telephone costs and staff mileage reimbursement for this division are shared by Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.


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Spacer State Attorney: Elected for each judicial circuit. The office's responsibilities include appearing in the circuit and count courts within its judicial circuit and prosecute or defend on behalf of the State all suits, applications, or motions, civil or criminal, in which the State is a party. Other duties involve attending grand jury sessions when required, summoning and examining witnesses for the State and assisting the State Attorney General on appeals from its respective circuit to the Supreme Court.

Pursuant to Florida Statute 27.34, the county shall provide this office with office space, utilities, telephone services, custodial services, library services, transportation services and communications services. Indian River County provides its share of these costs along with the other counties within the 19th Judicial Circuit.


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Spacer Public Defender: An elected position. This office is mandated by law to handle the defense of all persons declared indigent by the court and charged with a criminal offense. Pursuant to Florida Statute 27.54, the county shall provide this office with office space, utilities, telephone services, custodial services, library services, transportation services, communications services and payment of pretrial costs. Indian River County provides its share of these costs along with the other counties of the 19th Judicial Circuit.


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Spacer Medical Examiner: Appointed by the Governor for each medical examiner district established by a State Medical Examiners Commission. Per State law, the medical examiner shall determine the cause of death under specific circumstances and shall make or have performed such examinations, investigations, and autopsies as the examiner shall deem necessary. Per Florida Statute 406.08, fees, salaries and expenses of this office are to be paid by the county. Indian River County is part of the Medical Examiner Florida District 19 which also covers St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. The cost of this district's examiner is shared by the four counties.


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