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Evaluation of the Privatization of Child Welfare in Florida: The Community-Based Care Initiative (Workshop 38)
The intent of privatization in Florida, known as the Community-Based Care (CBC) initiative, is as follows: to improve the safety and well-being of children; to create community ownership around child welfare issues; to shift the responsibility for direct service delivery in child welfare from the Department of Children and Families to newly-created lead agencies; to create a more integrated and comprehensive child protective service system; and to manage available resources more flexibly. Workshop presenters use a recent evaluation of the initial CBC sites in Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas, and Pasco counties to illuminate some of the persistent administrative and systems issues that arise in creating Community-Based Care for multi-problem populations.
Amy Vargo, M.A.
Mary Armstrong, M.S.W.
Louis de la Parte Florida
Mental Health Institute
David Fairbanks, Ph.D.
Florida Department of Children and Families
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