Florida Senate - 2023 CS for SB 664 By the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; and Senator Burgess 586-02301-23 2023664c1 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 paragraph (f) and paragraph (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 operating procedures that detail timelines and 30 procedures to maximize the use of concurrent case planning, 31 minimize the time to complete preliminary and final adoptive 32 home studies, streamline data entry into the statewide child 33 welfare information system, and reduce time to permanency. 34 (g) Require lead agencies to gather all information to 35 complete the requirements for the child-specific section of the 36 unified home study, excluding information related to any 37 prospective caregiver, and enter that data into the child 38 welfare information system of record no later than 90 days after 39 the filing of a petition for termination of parental rights. 40 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.