www.mymanatee.org
Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - October 22, 2019
October 22, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #27


Subject
FY 19/20 Children's Services Funding Agreement with Department of Health in Sarasota County

Briefings
Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Ava Ehde, Director, Neighborhood Services Department ext. 3974

Susan Ford, Human Services Program Manager, Neighborhood Services Department ext. 3486



Action Requested
Authorization for the Chairperson to execute Funding Agreement with Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners and Department of Health in Sarasota County to provide for the Child Welfare Policy Coordinator position for the System Advocate Program for the time period October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statutes, Chapter 125
Manatee County Code 2-2-251 through 2-2-259
Resolution R-90-169
Ordinances 91-42, 94-28, 97-30, 99-30

Background Discussion
  • On September 17, 2019, the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners adopted the Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Budget that included funding for programs through the Children’s Services Dedicated Millage.
  • A Funding Agreement by and among the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners, Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners, and the Department of Health in Sarasota County was prepared to provide the appropriate funding mechanism and service level accountability for the Systems Advocate program which includes the Child Welfare Policy Coordinator position.
  • The Child Welfare Policy Coordinator (formerly known as Systems Advocate) position is a vital key to improvement of the child welfare system and oversight of the Community Based Care provider, ensuring the safety of the children at risk of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and who have been placed in foster homes, residential group homes, emergency shelters, as well as relative and non-relative care homes. The Policy Coordinator investigates systematic issues as they arise and works with appropriate parties to resolve and/or improve them. The Coordinator plays an integral role with the Family Safety Alliance for the 12th Judicial Circuit, which includes Manatee, Sarasota, and Desoto Counties.
  • On October 7, 2019, the funding agreement was executed by the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners as well as the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County.


County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other


Reviewing Attorney
Morris

Instructions to Board Records
Provide two originals of Funding Agreement to Susan Ford, Neighborhood Services for distribution to Sarasota Board Records, Department of Health Sarasota, and the Neighborhood Services Department.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$41,000 - 104.0015002 Children's Services Fund

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
N/A


Attachment:  Atttorney Response Memorandum 2019.pdf
Attachment:  System Advocate FY19-20 Agreement.pdf