Quality Standards for DCF Licensed Group Homes: Debriefing on the Statewide Pilot Training Video

Shamra Boel-Studt, PhD MSW - College of Social Work, Florida State University | Zandra Odum, M.Ed - Office of Child Welfare, Florida's Department of Children and Families


May 23, 2019




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Training Description

Effective July 1, 2017, Section 409.996(22), Florida Statutes (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 web event, the presenter will provide a debriefing on the statewide pilot activities including Q&A from web participants, sharing of preliminary data trends, and next steps for the validation of the assessment tool and development of the statewide accountability system.



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