Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - December 17, 2013
December 17, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #15

FY13/14 Children's Services Funding Agreement with Department of Health


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Mike Neuges x 3467
Janice Dunbar-Smith x 3451

Action Requested
Authorization for the Chairman to execute Funding Agreement with Sarasota Board of County Commissioners and Department of Health in Sarasota County to provide for a Family Safety Alliance System Advocate position for the time period October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Ordinance 91-42 Children's Services Dedicated Millage

Background Discussion
On 9/19/13 the Board adopted Fiscal Year 2013/2014 Budget that included funding for programs funded through the Children's Services Dedicated Millage.

Funding Agreement by and among the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners, Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners, and Department of Health in Sarasota County was prepared to provide the appropriate funding mechanism and service level accountability for the System Advocate position.

The System Advocate position is a vital key to oversight of the Child Welfare Community Based Care provider, ensuring the safety of the children removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment and have been placed in foster homes, residential group homes, emergency shelters, as well as kinship care homes.

The System Advocate reports all findings to the Family Safety Alliance for the 12th Judicial Circuit, which includes Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto Counties.

Agreement specifies that funding recipient must perform program specific level of service and submit documentation supporting such performance as defined.

On December 10, 2013, the funding agreement was executed by the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners as well as the Department of Health.

Agencies may be visited multiple times throughout the contract year by Community Services Department staff members, and monthly desk monitoring is conducted.  The listed agencies and programs have been reviewed and recommended for funding by the Children's Services Advisory Board.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (Utilizes exact document or procedure approved within the last 18 months)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Two originals of Funding Agreement to Community Services for distribution to Sarasota Board Records and Department of Health

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$37,550 - 104.00015002 Children's

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  SCHD-SystemAdvocateFY13-14.pdf