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.
    8  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.