Florida Senate - 2015 SB 2514
By the Committee on Appropriations
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to allocation of funds for community
3 based care lead agencies; amending s. 409.991, F.S.;
4 revising the equity allocation model for funding
5 community-based care lead agencies; providing an
6 effective date.
8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
10 Section 1. Section 409.991, Florida Statutes, is amended to
12 409.991 Allocation of funds for community-based care lead
14 (1) As used in this section, the term:
15 (a) “Core services funds
funding” means all funds allocated
16 to community-based care lead agencies operating under contract
17 with the department pursuant to s. 409.987, with the following
19 1. Funds appropriated for independent living;
20 2. Funds appropriated for maintenance adoption subsidies;
21 3. Funds allocated by the department for protective
22 investigations training;
23 4. Nonrecurring funds;
24 5. Designated mental health wrap-around services funds; and
25 6. Funds for special projects for a designated community
26 based care lead agency.
27 (b) “Equity allocation model” means an allocation model
28 that uses the following factors:
29 1. Proportion of the child population children in poverty;
30 2. Proportion of child abuse hotline workload; and
31 3. Proportion of children in care ; and
32 4. Proportion of contribution in the reduction of out-of
33 home care.
34 (c) “Proportion of child population” means the proportion
35 of children, up to 18 years of age during the previous calendar
36 year, in the geographic area served by the community-based care
37 lead agency “Proportion of children in poverty” means the
38 average of the proportion of children in the geographic area
39 served by the community-based care lead agency based on the
40 following subcomponents:
41 1. Children up to 18 years of age who are below the poverty
42 level as determined by the latest available Small Area Income
43 and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) from the United States Census
45 2. Children eligible for free or reduced-price meals as
46 determined by the latest available survey published by the
47 Department of Education; and
48 3. The number of children in families receiving benefits
49 from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
50 (SNAP) in the most recent month as determined by the department.
51 (d) “Proportion of child abuse hotline workload” means the
52 weighted average of the following subcomponents:
53 1. The average number of initial and additional child abuse
54 reports received during the month for the most recent 12 months
55 based on child protective investigations trend reports as
56 determined by the department. This subcomponent shall be
57 weighted as 20 percent of the factor.
58 2. The average count of children in investigations in the
59 most recent 12 months based on child protective investigations
60 trend reports as determined by the department. This subcomponent
61 shall be weighted as 40 percent of the factor.
62 3. The average count of children in investigations with a
63 most serious finding of verified abuse in the most recent 12
64 months based on child protective investigations trend reports as
65 determined by the department. This subcomponent shall be
66 weighted as 40 percent of the factor.
67 (e) “Proportion of children in care” means the proportion
68 of the sum of the number of children in care receiving in-home
69 services and the number of children in out-of-home care with a
70 case management overlay during the most recent 12-month period.
71 This subcomponent shall be weighted as follows:
72 1. Sixty percent shall be based on children in out-of-home
74 2. Forty percent shall be based on children in in-home care
75 at the end of the most recent month as reported in the child
76 welfare services trend reports as determined by the department.
77 (f) “Proportion of contribution in the reduction of out-of
78 home care” means the proportion of the number of children in
79 out-of-home care on December 31, 2006, minus the number of
80 children in out-of-home care as of the end of the most recent
81 month as reported in the child welfare services trend reports as
82 determined by the department.
83 (2) The equity allocation of core services funds shall be
84 calculated based on the following weights:
85 (a) Proportion of the child population children in poverty
86 shall be weighted as 5 30 percent of the total;
87 (b) Proportion of child abuse hotline workload shall be
88 weighted as 15 30 percent of the total; and
89 (c) Proportion of children in care shall be weighted as 80
90 30 percent of the total ; and
91 (d) Proportion of contribution to the reduction in out-of
92 home care shall be weighted as 10 percent of the total.
93 (3) Beginning in the 2015-2016 2013-2014 state fiscal year,
94 100 90 percent of the recurring core services funding for each
95 community-based care lead agency shall be based on the prior
96 year recurring base of core services funds and 10 percent shall
97 be based on the equity allocation model.
98 (4) Unless otherwise specified in the General
99 Appropriations Act, any new core services funds shall be
100 allocated based on the equity allocation model as follows:
101 (a) Twenty percent of new funding shall be allocated among
102 all community-based care lead agencies.
103 (b) Eighty percent of new funding shall be allocated among
104 community-based care lead agencies that are funded below their
105 equitable share. Funds allocated pursuant to this paragraph
106 shall be weighted based on each community-based care lead
107 agency’s relative proportion of the total amount of funding
108 below the equitable share. Such allocations must be proportional
109 to the proportion of funding based on the equity model and
110 allocated only to the community-based care lead agency contracts
111 if the current funding proportion is less than the proportion of
112 funding based on the equity model.
113 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.