Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1326
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/28/2020           .                                

       The Committee on Appropriations (Simpson) recommended the
    1         Senate Substitute for Amendment (835096) (with title
    2  amendment)
    4         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    5  and insert:
    6         Section 1. Paragraphs (b), (d), and (e) of subsection (5)
    7  of section 20.19, Florida Statutes, are amended, and a new
    8  subsection (7) is added to that section, to read:
    9         20.19 Department of Children and Families.—There is created
   10  a Department of Children and Families.
   11         (5) COMMUNITY ALLIANCES.—
   12         (b) The duties of the community alliance include, but are
   13  not limited to:
   14         1. Joint planning for resource utilization in the
   15  community, including resources appropriated to the department
   16  and any funds that local funding sources choose to provide.
   17         2. Needs assessment and establishment of community
   18  priorities for service delivery.
   19         3. Determining community outcome goals to supplement state
   20  required outcomes.
   21         4. Serving as a catalyst for community resource
   22  development, including, but not limited to, identifying existing
   23  programs and services delivered by and assistance available from
   24  community-based organizations and faith-based organizations, and
   25  encouraging the development and availability of such programs,
   26  services, and assistance by such organizations. The community
   27  alliance shall ensure that the community-based care lead agency
   28  is aware of such programs, services, and assistance and work to
   29  facilitate the lead agency’s appropriate use of these resources.
   30         5. Providing for community education and advocacy on issues
   31  related to delivery of services.
   32         6. Promoting prevention and early intervention services.
   33         (d) The initial membership of the community alliance in a
   34  county, at a minimum, must shall be composed of the following:
   35         1. A representative from the department.
   36         2. A representative from county government.
   37         3. A representative from the school district.
   38         4. A representative from the county United Way.
   39         5. A representative from the county sheriff’s office.
   40         6. A representative from the circuit court corresponding to
   41  the county.
   42         7. A representative from the county children’s board, if
   43  one exists.
   44         8.A representative of a faith-based organization involved
   45  in efforts to prevent child maltreatment, strengthen families,
   46  or promote adoption.
   47         (e) At any time after the initial meeting of the community
   48  alliance, The community alliance shall adopt bylaws and may
   49  increase the membership of the alliance to include the state
   50  attorney for the judicial circuit in which the community
   51  alliance is located, or his or her designee, the public defender
   52  for the judicial circuit in which the community alliance is
   53  located, or his or her designee, and other individuals and
   54  organizations who represent funding organizations, are community
   55  leaders, have knowledge of community-based service issues, or
   56  otherwise represent perspectives that will enable them to
   57  accomplish the duties listed in paragraph (b), if, in the
   58  judgment of the alliance, such change is necessary to adequately
   59  represent the diversity of the population within the community
   60  alliance service circuits.
   61         (7)OFFICE OF QUALITY.—The department shall establish an
   62  enterprise wide Office of Quality to ensure that the department
   63  and contracted service providers meet the highest levels of
   64  performance standards.
   65         (a)Duties of the office include, but are not limited to,
   66  all of the following:
   67         1. Identifying performance standards and metrics for
   68  department programs and all other service providers, including,
   69  but not limited to, behavioral health managing entities,
   70  community-based care lead agencies, and attorney services.
   71         2. Conducting ongoing quality assurance reviews of
   72  department programs and contracted service providers on at least
   73  a quarterly basis using cases randomly selected by the
   74  department.
   75         3. Strengthening the department’s data and analytic
   76  capabilities to identify systemic strengths and deficiencies.
   77         4. In consultation with the department’s program offices,
   78  recommending unique and varied initiatives to correct
   79  programmatic and systemic deficiencies.
   80         5. Collaborating and engaging partners of the department to
   81  improve service quality, efficiency, and effectiveness.
   82         6. Reporting any persistent failure by the department or
   83  contracted providers to meet performance standards and
   84  recommending corrective actions to the secretary.
   85         7. By each December 1, developing and submitting an annual
   86  report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the
   87  Speaker of the House of Representatives for the preceding fiscal
   88  year which encompasses all legislatively mandated statewide
   89  reports required to be issued by the department.
   90         (b) The department may adopt rules to administer this
   91  subsection.
   92         Section 2. Section 402.402, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   93  read:
   94         402.402 Child protection and child welfare personnel;
   95  attorneys employed by the department.—
   97  REQUIREMENTS.—The department is responsible for recruitment of
   98  qualified professional staff to serve as child protective
   99  investigators and child protective investigation supervisors.
  100  The department shall make every effort to recruit and hire
  101  persons qualified by their education and experience to perform
  102  social work functions. The department’s efforts shall be guided
  103  by the goal that by July 1, 2019, at least half of all child
  104  protective investigators and supervisors will have a bachelor’s
  105  degree or a master’s degree in social work from a college or
  106  university social work program accredited by the Council on
  107  Social Work Education. The department, in collaboration with the
  108  lead agencies, subcontracted provider organizations, the Florida
  109  Institute for Child Welfare created pursuant to s. 1004.615, and
  110  other partners in the child welfare system, shall develop a
  111  protocol for screening candidates for child protective positions
  112  which reflects the preferences specified in paragraphs (a)-(f).
  113  The following persons shall be given preference in the
  114  recruitment of qualified professional staff, but the preferences
  115  serve only as guidance and do not limit the department’s
  116  discretion to select the best available candidates:
  117         (a) Individuals with baccalaureate degrees in social work
  118  and child protective investigation supervisors with master’s
  119  degrees in social work from a college or university social work
  120  program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  121         (b) Individuals with baccalaureate or master’s degrees in
  122  psychology, sociology, counseling, special education, education,
  123  human development, child development, family development,
  124  marriage and family therapy, and nursing.
  125         (c) Individuals with baccalaureate degrees who have a
  126  combination of directly relevant work and volunteer experience,
  127  preferably in a public service field related to children’s
  128  services, demonstrating critical thinking skills, formal
  129  assessment processes, communication skills, problem solving, and
  130  empathy; a commitment to helping children and families; a
  131  capacity to work as part of a team; an interest in continuous
  132  development of skills and knowledge; and personal strength and
  133  resilience to manage competing demands and handle workplace
  134  stresses.
  135         (2) SPECIALIZED TRAINING.—All child protective
  136  investigators and child protective investigation supervisors
  137  employed by the department or a sheriff’s office must complete
  138  specialized training either focused on serving a specific
  139  population, including, but not limited to, medically fragile
  140  children, sexually exploited children, children under 3 years of
  141  age, or families with a history of domestic violence, mental
  142  illness, or substance abuse, or focused on performing certain
  143  aspects of child protection practice, including, but not limited
  144  to, investigation techniques and analysis of family dynamics.
  145  The specialized training may be used to fulfill continuing
  146  education requirements under s. 402.40(3)(e). Individuals hired
  147  before July 1, 2014, shall complete the specialized training by
  148  June 30, 2016, and individuals hired on or after July 1, 2014,
  149  shall complete the specialized training within 2 years after
  150  hire. An individual may receive specialized training in multiple
  151  areas.
  152         (3)STAFF SUPPORT.—The department shall implement policies
  153  and programs that mitigate and prevent the impact of secondary
  154  traumatic stress and burnout among child protective
  155  investigations staff, including, but not limited to:
  156         (a)Initiatives to encourage and inspire child protective
  157  investigations staff, including recognizing their achievements
  158  on a recognition wall within their unit.
  159         (b)Formal procedures for providing support to child
  160  protective investigations staff after a critical incident such
  161  as a child fatality.
  162         (c)Initial training upon appointment to a supervisory
  163  position and annual continuing education for all supervisors on
  164  how to prevent secondary traumatic stress and burnout among the
  165  employees they supervise.
  166         (d)Monitoring levels of secondary traumatic stress and
  167  burnout among individual employees and intervening as needed.
  168  The department shall closely monitor and respond to levels of
  169  secondary traumatic stress and burnout among employees during
  170  the first 2 years after hire.
  171         (e)Ongoing training in self-care for all child protective
  172  investigations staff.
  174  Such programs may also include, but are not limited, to formal
  175  peer counseling and support programs.
  176         (4)(3) REPORT.—By each October 1, the department shall
  177  submit a report on the educational qualifications, turnover,
  178  professional advancement, and working conditions of the child
  179  protective investigators and supervisors to the Governor, the
  180  President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of
  181  Representatives.
  184  contracted with on or after July 1, 2014, whose primary
  185  responsibility is representing the department in child welfare
  186  cases shall, within the first 6 months of employment, receive
  187  training in:
  188         (a) The dependency court process, including the attorney’s
  189  role in preparing and reviewing documents prepared for
  190  dependency court for accuracy and completeness.;
  191         (b) Preparing and presenting child welfare cases, including
  192  at least 1 week shadowing an experienced children’s legal
  193  services attorney preparing and presenting cases.;
  194         (c) Safety assessment, safety decisionmaking tools, and
  195  safety plans.;
  196         (d) Developing information presented by investigators and
  197  case managers to support decisionmaking in the best interest of
  198  children.; and
  199         (e) The experiences and techniques of case managers and
  200  investigators, including shadowing an experienced child
  201  protective investigator and an experienced case manager for at
  202  least 8 hours.
  203         Section 3. Paragraph (l) is added to subsection (1) of
  204  section 409.988, Florida Statutes, to read:
  205         409.988 Lead agency duties; general provisions.—
  206         (1) DUTIES.—A lead agency:
  207         (l)Shall identify an employee to serve as a liaison with
  208  the community alliance and community-based and faith-based
  209  organizations interested in collaborating with the lead agency
  210  or offering services or other assistance on a volunteer basis to
  211  the children and families served by the lead agency. The lead
  212  agency shall ensure that appropriate lead agency staff and
  213  subcontractors, including, but not limited to, case managers,
  214  are informed of the specific services or assistance available
  215  from community-based and faith-based organizations.
  216         Section 4. Section 409.991, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  217  read:
  218         (Substantial rewording of section. See s. 409.991,
  219         F.S., for present text.)
  220         409.991Allocation of funds for community-based care lead
  221  agencies.—
  222         (1)As used in this section, the term core services funds”
  223  means all funds allocated to lead agencies operating under
  224  contract with the department pursuant to s. 409.987, with the
  225  following exceptions:
  226         (a) Funds appropriated for independent living services;
  227         (b) Funds appropriated for maintenance adoption subsidies;
  228         (c) Funds allocated by the department for child protective
  229  investigative service training;
  230         (d) Nonrecurring funds;
  231         (e) Designated mental health wrap-around service funds;
  232         (f) Funds for special projects for a designated lead
  233  agency; and
  234         (g) Funds appropriated for the Guardianship Assistance
  235  Program established under s. 39.6225.
  236         (2) The department shall use an objective, workload-based
  237  methodology to identify and report the optimal level of funding
  238  for each lead agency considering demand for each of the
  239  following:
  240         (a) Prevention services;
  241         (b) Client services;
  242         (c) Licensed out-of-home care costs; and
  243         (d) Staffing, using the ratio for case managers compared to
  244  the caseload requirements specified in s. 20.19(4)(c)2.
  245         (3) The allocation of core services funds must be based on
  246  the following:
  247         (a) The total optimal funding amount as determined by
  248  adding together the funding for prevention services, client
  249  services, licensed out-of-home care, and staffing.
  250         (b) A comparison of the total optimal funding amount to the
  251  actual allocated funding for the most recent fiscal year to
  252  determine the percentage of optimal funding the lead agency is
  253  currently receiving.
  254         (4) By November 1 of each year, the secretary must submit a
  255  report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the
  256  Speaker of the House of Representatives which includes the
  257  current funding level of each lead agency based on the optimal
  258  funding level as determined by using each lead agency workload
  259  using the department’s methodology. The report must identify any
  260  lead agency that is persistently funded at less than the optimal
  261  funding level and recommend strategies to address the shortfall
  262  including, but not limited to, business process redesign, the
  263  adoption of best practices, and requesting additional funding.
  264         (5) The department may adopt rules to establish the optimal
  265  funding levels for lead agencies.
  266         (6) Unless otherwise specified in the General
  267  Appropriations Act, the department shall allocate any new
  268  funding for core services, based on the department’s
  269  methodology, to achieve optimal funding for all lead agencies
  270  inversely proportional to each lead agency optimal funding
  271  percentage.
  272         (7) Unless otherwise specified in the General
  273  Appropriations Act, the department shall consider a lead
  274  agency’s funding level compared to its optimal funding level
  275  when allocating funding from the risk pool, as provided in s.
  276  409.990.
  277         Section 5. Subsections (18) through (23) of section
  278  409.996, Florida Statutes, are renumbered (19) through (24),
  279  respectively, paragraph (a) of subsection (1) and subsection
  280  (17) of that section are amended, and a new subsection
  281  (18),(24), and (25) are added to that section, to read:
  282         409.996 Duties of the Department of Children and Families.
  283  The department shall contract for the delivery, administration,
  284  or management of care for children in the child protection and
  285  child welfare system. In doing so, the department retains
  286  responsibility for the quality of contracted services and
  287  programs and shall ensure that services are delivered in
  288  accordance with applicable federal and state statutes and
  289  regulations.
  290         (1) The department shall enter into contracts with lead
  291  agencies for the performance of the duties by the lead agencies
  292  pursuant to s. 409.988. At a minimum, the contracts must:
  293         (a) Provide for the services needed to accomplish the
  294  duties established in s. 409.988 and provide information to the
  295  department which is necessary to meet the requirements for a
  296  quality assurance program pursuant to subsection (19)(18) and
  297  the child welfare results-oriented accountability system
  298  pursuant to s. 409.997.
  299         (17) The department shall directly or through contract
  300  provide attorneys to prepare and present cases in dependency
  301  court and shall ensure that the court is provided with adequate
  302  information for informed decisionmaking in dependency cases,
  303  including, at a minimum, a face sheet for each case which lists
  304  the names and contact information for any child protective
  305  investigator, child protective investigation supervisor, case
  306  manager, and case manager supervisor, and the regional
  307  department official responsible for the lead agency contract.
  308  The department shall provide to the court the case information
  309  and recommendations provided by the lead agency or
  310  subcontractor. For the Sixth Judicial Circuit, the department
  311  shall contract with the state attorney for the provision of
  312  these services.
  313         (18)(a)The department may contract for the provision of
  314  children’s legal services to prepare and present cases in
  315  dependency court. The contracted attorneys shall ensure that the
  316  court is provided with adequate information for informed
  317  decisionmaking in dependency cases, including, at a minimum, a
  318  face sheet for each case which lists the names and contact
  319  information for any child protective investigator, child
  320  protective investigator supervisor, and the regional department
  321  official responsible for the lead agency contract. The
  322  contracted attorneys shall provide to the court the case
  323  information and recommendations provided by the lead agency or
  324  subcontractor. For the Sixth Judicial Circuit, the department
  325  shall contract with the state attorney for the provision of
  326  these services.
  327         (b)The contracted attorneys shall adopt the child welfare
  328  practice model, as periodically updated by the department, that
  329  is used by attorneys employed by the department. The contracted
  330  attorneys shall operate in accordance with the same federal and
  331  state performance standards and metrics imposed on children’s
  332  legal services attorneys employed by the department.
  333         (c)The department and contracted attorneys providing
  334  children’s legal services shall collaborate to monitor program
  335  performance on an ongoing basis. The department and contracted
  336  attorneys’, or a representative from such contracted attorneys’
  337  offices, shall meet at least quarterly to collaborate on federal
  338  and state quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.
  339         (d)The department shall conduct an annual program
  340  performance evaluation which shall be based on the same child
  341  welfare practice model principles and federal and state
  342  performance standards that are imposed on children’s legal
  343  services attorneys employed by the department. The program
  344  performance evaluation must be standardized statewide and the
  345  department shall select random cases for evaluation. The program
  346  performance evaluation shall be conducted by a team of peer
  347  reviewers from the respective contracted attorneys’ offices that
  348  perform children’s legal services and representatives from the
  349  department.
  350         (e) The department shall publish an annual report
  351  regarding, at a minimum, performance quality, outcome-measure
  352  attainment, and cost efficiency of the services provided by the
  353  contracted attorneys. The annual report must include data and
  354  information on the performance of both the contracted attorneys’
  355  and the department’s attorneys. The department shall submit the
  356  annual report to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and
  357  the Speaker of the House of Representatives no later than
  358  November 1 of each year that the contracted attorneys are
  359  receiving appropriations to provide children’s legal services
  360  for the department.
  361         (24)In collaboration with lead agencies, service
  362  providers, and other community stakeholders, the department
  363  shall develop a statewide accountability system based on
  364  measurable quality standards. The accountability system must be
  365  implemented by July 1, 2021.
  366         (a)The accountability system must:
  367         1. Assess the overall health of the child welfare system,
  368  by circuit, using grading criteria established by the
  369  department;
  370         2. Include a quality measurement system with domains and
  371  clearly defined levels of quality. The system must measure the
  372  performance standards for child protective investigators, lead
  373  agencies, and children’s legal services throughout the system of
  374  care, using criteria established by the department, and, at a
  375  minimum, address applicable federal- and state-mandated metrics.
  376         3. Align with the principles of the results-oriented
  377  accountability program established under s. 409.997.
  378         (b) After the development and implementation of the
  379  accountability system under this subsection, the department and
  380  each lead agency shall use the information from the
  381  accountability system to promote enhanced quality service
  382  delivery within their respective areas of responsibility.
  383         (c) By December 1 of each year, the department shall submit
  384  a report on the overall health of the child welfare system to
  385  the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of
  386  the House of Representatives.
  387         (d) The department may adopt rules to implement this
  388  subsection.
  389         (25) Subject to an appropriation, for the 2020-2021 and
  390  2021-2022 fiscal years, the department shall implement a pilot
  391  project in the Sixth and Thirteenth Judicial Circuits,
  392  respectively, aimed at improving child welfare outcomes.
  393         (a) In implementing the pilot projects, the department
  394  shall establish performance metrics and performance standards to
  395  assess improvements in safety, permanency, and the well-being of
  396  children in the local system of care for the lead agencies in
  397  those judicial circuits. Such metrics and standards must be
  398  aligned with indicators used in the most recent federal Child
  399  and Family Services Reviews.
  400         (b) The lead agencies in the Sixth and Thirteenth Judicial
  401  Circuits shall provide performance data to the department each
  402  quarter. The department shall review the data for accuracy and
  403  completeness and then shall compare the actual performance of
  404  the lead agencies to the established performance metrics and
  405  standards. Each lead agency that exceeds performance metrics and
  406  standards is eligible for incentive funding.
  407         (c) For the first quarter of each fiscal year, the
  408  department may advance incentive funding to the lead agencies in
  409  an amount equal to one quarter of the total allocated to the
  410  pilot project. After each quarter, the department shall assess
  411  the performance of the lead agencies for that quarter and adjust
  412  the subsequent quarter’s incentive funding based on its actual
  413  prior quarter performance.
  414         (d) The department shall include the results of the pilot
  415  projects in the report required under s. 20.19(7). The report
  416  must include the department’s findings and recommendations
  417  relating to the pilot projects.
  418         (e) This subsection expires July 1, 2022.
  419         Section 6. Subsections (6) and (7) of section 1004.615,
  420  Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (9) and (10),
  421  respectively, and new subsections (6), (7), and (8) are added to
  422  that section, to read:
  423         1004.615 Florida Institute for Child Welfare.—
  424         (6)The institute and the Florida State University College
  425  of Social Work shall design and implement a curriculum that
  426  enhances knowledge and skills for the child welfare practice.
  427  The institute and the college shall create the curriculum using
  428  interactive and interdisciplinary approaches and include
  429  opportunities for students to gain an understanding of real
  430  world child welfare cases. The institute shall disseminate the
  431  curriculum to other interested state universities and colleges
  432  and provide implementation support. The institute shall contract
  433  with a person or entity of its choosing, by November 1, 2020, to
  434  evaluate the curriculum and make recommendations for
  435  improvement. The college shall implement the curriculum during
  436  the 2021-2022 school year. This subsection is subject to an
  437  appropriation.
  438         (7)The institute, in collaboration with the department,
  439  community-based care lead agencies, providers of case management
  440  services, and other child welfare stakeholders, shall design and
  441  implement a career-long professional development curriculum for
  442  child welfare professionals at all levels and from all
  443  disciplines. The professional development curriculum must
  444  enhance the performance of the current child welfare workforce,
  445  address issues related to retention, complement the social work
  446  curriculum, and be developed using social work principles. The
  447  professional development curriculum shall provide career-long
  448  coaching, training, certification, and mentorship. The institute
  449  must provide the professional support on a continuous basis
  450  through online and in-person services. The professional
  451  development curriculum must be available by July 1, 2021. The
  452  Department of Children and Families must approve the curriculum
  453  prior to implementation. This subsection is subject to an
  454  appropriation.
  455         (8)The institute shall establish a consulting program for
  456  child welfare organizations to enhance workforce culture,
  457  supervision, and related management processes to improve
  458  retention, effectiveness, and overall well-being of staff to
  459  support improved child welfare outcomes. The institute shall
  460  select child welfare organizations through a competitive
  461  application process and provide ongoing analysis,
  462  recommendations, and support from a team of experts on a long
  463  term basis to address systemic and operational workforce
  464  challenges. This subsection is subject to an appropriation.
  465         Section 7. The Department of Children and Families, in
  466  collaboration with the Florida Institute of Child Welfare, shall
  467  develop an expanded career ladder for child protective
  468  investigations staff. The career ladder shall include multiple
  469  levels of child protective investigator classifications,
  470  corresponding milestones and professional development
  471  opportunities necessary for advancement, and compensation
  472  ranges. The department must submit a proposal for the expanded
  473  career ladder to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and
  474  the Speaker of the House of Representatives no later than
  475  November 1, 2020.
  476         Section 8. (1) For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the sum of
  477  $8,235,052 in recurring funds is appropriated from the General
  478  Revenue fund to the Department of Children and Families for
  479  incentive funding for the pilot projects required in s.
  480  409.998(25), Florida Statutes, as created by this act.
  481         (2) For the 2020-2021 fiscal year the sum of $5,350,000 in
  482  recurring funds from the General Revenue Fund is appropriated to
  483  the Department of Children and Families, and 2,907,885 in rate
  484  is authorized for the establishment of the Office of Quality, as
  485  required in s. 20.19(7), Florida Statutes. The department is
  486  authorized to reassign up to 125 currently authorized positions
  487  and submit budget amendments pursuant to chapter 216, Florida
  488  Statutes, for the Office of Quality to administer and implement
  489  the provisions of this act.
  490         Section 9. Sections 1, 2, and 3 of this act may be cited as
  491  the “State of Hope Act.”
  492         Section 10. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
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  495  And the title is amended as follows:
  496         Delete everything before the enacting clause
  497  and insert:
  498                        A bill to be entitled                      
  499         An act relating to the Department of Children and
  500         Families; amending s. 20.19, F.S.; revising duties and
  501         membership of community alliances; requiring the
  502         department to establish an Office of Quality;
  503         providing duties of the office; requiring the office
  504         to develop and submit a report to the Governor and the
  505         Legislature annually by a specified date; authorizing
  506         the department to adopt rules; amending s. 402.402,
  507         F.S.; requiring the department to implement certain
  508         policies and programs to improve the well being of
  509         certain employees; adding requirements to an annual
  510         report; amending s. 409.988, F.S.; requiring community
  511         based care lead agencies to name a liaison with the
  512         faith-based community; amending s. 409.991, F.S.;
  513         defining the term “core services funds”; requiring the
  514         department to develop a methodology to identify and
  515         report the optimal level of funding for community
  516         based care lead agencies; providing requirements for
  517         the allocation of core services funds; requiring the
  518         Secretary of the Department of Children and Families
  519         to submit a report to the Governor and Legislature
  520         annually by a specified date; providing requirements
  521         for such report; authorizing the department to adopt
  522         rules; requiring certain funding to be allocated based
  523         on the department’s methodology, unless otherwise
  524         specified in the General Appropriations Act; amending
  525         s. 409.996, F.S.; requiring the department to develop
  526         a statewide accountability system; requiring that such
  527         system be implemented by a specified date; providing
  528         requirements for such accountability system; requiring
  529         the department and lead agencies to promote enhanced
  530         quality service delivery; requiring the department to
  531         submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature
  532         annually by a specified date; authorizing the
  533         department to adopt rules; requiring the department to
  534         implement pilot projects to improve child welfare
  535         outcomes in specified judicial circuits; requiring the
  536         department to establish performance metrics and
  537         standards to implement the pilot projects; requiring
  538         lead agencies in specified judicial circuits to
  539         provide certain data to the department each quarter;
  540         requiring the department to review such data;
  541         authorizing the department to advance incentive
  542         funding to certain lead agencies that meet specified
  543         requirements; requiring the department to include
  544         certain results in a specified report; providing for
  545         future expiration; amending s. 1004.615, F.S.; to
  546         require the Institute for Child Welfare to develop a
  547         child welfare education curriculum; develop a child
  548         welfare workforce curriculum; provide a consulting
  549         program for child welfare organizations; requiring the
  550         institute and the Department of Children and Families
  551         to develop a proposal for a career ladder for child
  552         protective investigations staff; providing a short
  553         title; providing an appropriation; providing an
  554         effective date.