The establishment of a statewide risk pool program, administered by the Department, serves to manage and share the financial risks associated with the Community-Based Care (CBC) model for child welfare services in Florida. Should factors outside of a Lead Agency's control (e.g., shifts in the number of children in care, increase in the number of the very difficult populations, or a change in the characteristics of the children and families served) cause costs to rise, potentially impeding the Lead Agency's ability to provide ongoing quality services for all children and families served, section 409.990(7), F.S., provides qualified Lead Agencies with access to petition for relief from the risk pool, so as to avoid lead agency failure.
Per section 409.990(7), F.S., The department, in consultation with the Florida Coalition for Children, Inc., shall develop and implement a community-based care risk pool initiative to mitigate the financial risk to eligible lead agencies. The criteria contained within this protocol is intended to meet the intent of the statute to create a risk pool program designed to protect the financial interests of the State and spread the risks and accountabilities of the system of care amongst qualified entities.
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