Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - January 28, 2014
REVISED January 28, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #15

Children's Services Annual Plan

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Brenda Rogers x3030

Michael Neuges x3467

Action Requested
Approval of the Children's Services Annual Plan for FY2015 and authorization to announce availability of approximately $7,200,000 in County Children's Services funding for programs and services serving children in Manatee County for FY2015.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

F.S. Chapter 125

Manatee County Code 2-2-251 through 2-2-259.

Ordinances 91-42, 94-28, 97-30, 99-30

Background Discussion

The Children's Services Annual Plan contains a compilation of accomplishments, current statistics, history, and future planning for children in Manatee County.  It demonstrates the needs of children and aids the County in its determination of the most serious problems affecting, or presenting the highest probability of causing harm to, individual children in Manatee County.  The following is a brief summary of the contents of the plan:

  • November 1990, voters of Manatee County passed a referendum supporting a dedicated millage to enhance services for children in Manatee County.
  • July 9, 1991, County Ordinance 91-42 was adopted establishing a dedicated millage for funding services to abused, neglected, at-risk, and economically disadvantaged children ages 0 to 17 years.
  • In FY2014, the County's dedicated funding source for children is funding 60 programs designed to meet the needs of clients under the following six (6) purpose categories:  maternal and child health, school readiness, out of school time/youth development, prevention and redirection, family strengthening and support, and crisis stabilization.
  • On January 21, 2014, a work session was held between the County Commission and the Children's Services Advisory Board through which early education/readiness and parent supports were identified as priority issues to be addressed.  The Advisory Board will work with community partners in order to seek out and/or develop innovative strategies to address these priority issues in FY2015.
  • For FY2015, the Children's Services Advisory Board (Advisory Board) has included in its investigation the collection of information and data pertinent to the problems of families in need of services.  From this information, the Advisory Board has identified their preliminary determination of the nature and types of services that should receive funding from the County's dedicated funding source.
  • In accordance with Ordinance 91-42, program and service funding applications will be solicited to provide services in the priority areas of prevention and intervention/treatment. 
  • At times throughout the year, the County may find it necessary to expand upon these areas based on community need.

Ordinance 91-42 requires that Advisory Board submit to the Board by January 30th of each year an annual report which shall be made available to the public and include a plan for children's services.

For FY2015 the non-profit agency funding application used by the County will be web-based.  A hard copy of the funding application is available upon request.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$7,200,000 - 104.0015002

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  2015 Annual Plan Draft.pdf