2016 Florida Statutes
39.6035 Transition plan.—
(1) During the 180-day period after a child reaches 17 years of age, the department and the community-based care provider, in collaboration with the caregiver and any other individual whom the child would like to include, shall assist the child in developing a transition plan. The required transition plan is in addition to standard case management requirements. The transition plan must address specific options for the child to use in obtaining services, including housing, health insurance, education, and workforce support and employment services. The plan must also consider establishing and maintaining naturally occurring mentoring relationships and other personal support services. The transition plan may be as detailed as the child chooses. In developing the transition plan, the department and the community-based provider shall:
(a) Provide the child with the documentation required pursuant to s. 39.701(3); and
(b) Coordinate the transition plan with the independent living provisions in the case plan and, for a child with disabilities, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act transition plan.
(2) The department and the child shall schedule a time, date, and place for a meeting to assist the child in drafting the transition plan. The time, date, and place must be convenient for the child and any individual whom the child would like to include. This meeting shall be conducted in the child’s primary language.
(3) The transition plan shall be reviewed periodically with the child, the department, and other individuals of the child’s choice and updated when necessary before each judicial review so long as the child or young adult remains in care.
(4) If a child is planning to leave care upon reaching 18 years of age, the transition plan must be approved by the court before the child leaves care and the court terminates jurisdiction.
History.—s. 4, ch. 2013-178.