Florida Senate - 2023 SB 664 By Senator Burgess 23-00402-23 2023664__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to contracts entered into by the 3 Department of Children and Families; amending s. 4 409.996, F.S.; revising requirements for contracts 5 between the department and lead agencies; providing an 6 effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Present paragraph (f) of subsection (1) of 11 section 409.996, Florida Statutes, is redesignated as paragraph 12 (h), and new paragraphs (f) and (g) are added to that 13 subsection, to read: 14 409.996 Duties of the Department of Children and Families. 15 The department shall contract for the delivery, administration, 16 or management of care for children in the child protection and 17 child welfare system. In doing so, the department retains 18 responsibility for the quality of contracted services and 19 programs and shall ensure that, at a minimum, services are 20 delivered in accordance with applicable federal and state 21 statutes and regulations and the performance standards and 22 metrics specified in the strategic plan created under s. 23 20.19(1). 24 (1) The department shall enter into contracts with lead 25 agencies for the performance of the duties by the lead agencies 26 established in s. 409.988. At a minimum, the contracts must do 27 all of the following: 28 (f) Require lead agencies to annually provide written and 29 published plans that detail timelines and procedures to maximize 30 the use of concurrent case planning, minimize the time to 31 complete preliminary and final adoptive home studies, streamline 32 data entry into the statewide child welfare information system, 33 and reduce time to permanency. 34 (g) Require lead agencies to complete preliminary and final 35 adoptive home studies no later than 90 days after the filing of 36 the petition for termination of parental rights. 37 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.