Community-Based Care

What Is Community-Based Care?                

Community-Based Care is a comprehensive redesign of Florida's Child Welfare   System. It combines the outsourcing of foster care and related services to   competent service agencies with an increased local community ownership of   service delivery and design. This innovative statewide reform increases   accountability, resource development, and system performance.

Program Description:                

The department's   community-based care initiative has captured the interest of the nation by   actively negotiating and contracting with respected local, non-profit   agencies to provide child welfare services in their local   communities for children who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned.   Communities coming together on behalf of their most vulnerable children   demonstrates what community-based care was designed to do: transition child   protective services to local providers under the  direction of lead agencies and   community alliances of stakeholders working within their community to ensure   safety, well-being, and permanency for the children in their care..

A statewide network of comprehensive, community-based care agencies have been equipped to  manage and deliver services to Florida's foster youth.

This innovative new system includes key features that   address common problems and challenges in child welfare systems, such as;

  • Contracting with, local lead agencies through competitive procurement   to engage community stakeholders in designing their system of care, and to   develop and maintain a service delivery network within their service area.
  • Formation and support of Community Alliances of local stakeholders,   community leaders, client representatives, and other agencies funding human services. An   Alliance may cover one or more counties, as determined locally. Duties of   Community Alliances include, but are not limited to joint planning for resource   utilization, needs assessments and establishment of community priorities,   determination of local outcome goals supplemental to state outcome requirements,   and community education and advocacy.
  • A formal process was developed for assessing and preparing local Department   units and Lead Agencies to safely transition services from the state to the   local provider network. The Department's Readiness Assessment process   utilizes an external team of Peer Experts to assess the development of the local   infrastructure and transition plans, as well as provide technical assistance to   both parties prior to initiating transfer of any services.