December 11, 2019
Effective July 1, 2017, Section 409.996(22), Florida Statues (F.S) was amended requiring the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to develop a statewide accountability system for residential group care providers based on measurable quality standards. The accountability system must be implemented by July 1, 2022. In collaboration with the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC) and the Florida Institute for Child Welfare (FICW), the department established a core set of quality standards for DCF licensed group homes. The department further engaged the FICW in the development of a comprehensive assessment tool for the operationalizing of the quality standards. In 2018, a statewide pilot of the assessment tool was initiated with participation by DCF licensing staff, Community-Based Care Lead Agencies, and more than 300 DCF licensed group home providers. In this training, the presenter will provide a refresher on the use of the assessment tool including a review of changes to the tool and how the one-year validation period will inform the development of the statewide accountability system.