Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - March 8, 2016
REVISED March 8, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #11

FY15/16 Children's Services Funding Agreement with Department of Health


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Cheri Coryea, Director, x 3468
Neighborhood Services

Andy Guyre, Human Services Division Manager, x 3493
Community Services

Allen Donahue, Human Services Program Manager, x 3467
Community Services

Action Requested
Authorization for the County Administrator to execute Funding Agreement with Sarasota Board of County Commissioners and Department of Health in Sarasota County to provide for a Child Welfare System Advocate position for the time period October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

F.S. 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 22, 2015, the Board adopted the Fiscal Year 2015/2016 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 Department of Health in Sarasota County was prepared to provide the appropriate funding mechanism and service level accountability for the Child Welfare System Advocate position.

The Child Welfare System 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 kinship care homes.

The System Advocate investigates systematic issues as they arise and works with appropriate parties to resolve and/or improve them.  The Advocate plays an integral role with the Family Safety Alliance for the 12th Judicial Circuit, which includes Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto Counties.

On February 9, 2016, the funding agreement was executed by the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners as well as the Department of Health in Sarasota.

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

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Provide two originals of Funding Agreement to Allen Donahue, Community Services for distribution to Sarasota Board Records and Department of Health Sarasota.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$40,000 - 104.00015002 Children's Services Fund

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  RLS 15-307 Response - System Advocate agreement 1516.pdf
Attachment:  HDSC - System Advocate.pdf