Community Based Care of Central Florida
Employee Communication May 2014
May is National Foster Care Month!
Inside This Issue HR Corner……………………….1 Integrated Health.…………..2
May is National Foster Care Month—a time to acknowledge the foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.
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Kathy Williams and Rhonda Murphy will be hosting Foster Care and Adoption FAQ sessions in honor of Foster Care Awareness Month.
Please help spread the word!
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Foster Care and Adoption Q&A Sessions: Tuesday, June 3rd 6:00-7:30pm Safe Harbor Christian Church 730 Upsala Rd, Sanford, FL 32771
HR Corner Happy Birthday To: Amanda Reineck
Please extend a warm welcome to some of CBCCFLâ€™s newest team members! Tennille Torres HR Specialist Administrative Support Center
Jennifer Bishop Diversion Manager Osceola Service Center
Interested in being a Table Captain? Our annual Open Your Heart Breakfast will be held on June 24, 2014, at the Rosen Centre Hotel. If you are interested in hosting a table, please contact Debbie Leon, Development Director, email@example.com .
Integrated Health Update The Child Welfare Specialty Plan (CWSP) which provides medical, dental, vision and behavioral health services covered by Medicaid for children in the child welfare system, is live in the northern part of Florida and will continue to rollout statewide by August 1, 2014. In order to provide the best coordination of services to our children, CBC Holdings took the lead and formed a separate company, Community Based Care Integrated Health (CBCIH). All of the CBC’s in Florida are either owners of CBCIH or have a contract with CBCIH to help coordinate care for their children. The CWSP is a statewide plan awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) to Sunshine Health, a Florida based HMO. CBCIH has a contract with Sunshine to help coordinate care between each child and Sunshine. Each CBC either already has or will hire at least one behavioral health care coordinator and a nurse care coordinator. These coordinators will be the link between Sunshine and our children and families. All children active in the child welfare system are eligible for the plan including children in the Independent Living program from ages 18 to 21. Currently, mental health services are provided in most areas of the state by the CBC Partnership (with Magellan). This plan will close as the CWSP goes live in each area. The effectiveness of having a single plan was one reason AHCA chose to award a single contract for medical services as well. Diane DeMark is the vice president of CBCIH and is based in the ASC. CBCIH has divided the state into four regions and each region has a coordinator who works for CBCIH. Paige Blinderman is the central coordinator and is also at the ASC and CBCCFL is one of her CBC’s. The other coordinators are positioned throughout the state and are Mary Ann Davenport in the north, Renetta Williams in the west and Flavia Pancorvo in the south. CBCIH already has a behavioral health specialist, Dr. Deborah Smith, and will be hiring a nurse specialist. These two staff will be resources to the CBC’s and CBCIH staff when a deeper clinical knowledge is needed. CBCCFL is in the area AHCA has chosen to go live on August 1, 2014. Training has already begun for CBCCFL staff and staff at all of its CMO’s and further training will be coming for those who will be closely involved with the plan. CBCIH and the CWSP will help support CBCCFL’s mission and its children by addressing medical and behavioral issues which are often a barrier to permanency. Richard Wyrick Strategic Development Director
We are 2014 marks our 10 year anniversary in Central Florida. We have cared for children and families and provided our love, support, hearts and resources to the most vulnerable populations. As we celebrate these successes, we also want to shine the light on employees that have been with us every step of the way for the last 10 years. Without them, our work could not be accomplished. Each month in 2014, we will recognize those who celebrate their 10 years of caring with us along the way! We salute you and thank you for your incredible dedication to serving Meet Beth's Team
We Salute You Beth Batten! This month marks Beth’s 10 year anniversary with us. What she has brought to the organization is immeasurable. Her attitude and smile are contagious and her work and compassion keep us inspired every day!
Please read below to learn about her journey with CBCCFL. Where were you before CBCCFL? Prior to Coming to CBC of Seminole, I was the Director of Operations at CBC Volusia-Flagler Before that, I was with DCF working in various programs including case management, investigations and contracts. What are some of the different things you’ve done with the agency? I have worked in contracts/network management then transitioned into Licensing in 2009 What have been some of your favorite moments? Hiring my rock star team of foster home licensing, training, recruitment and advocate experts. Developing a program that “thinks outside the box and colors outside the lines,” has been another favorite. Page 3
Our hard work shows in the qualityof care our foster homes give to our kids.
What’s in store for the next 10 years?
Continuing to recruit, train and license more and more foster homes so that so that we have a vast assortment of excellent, quality homes to choose from when children come into care. We are striving for a 4 to 1 ratio of homes to kids. Four homes to choose from for each child that comes into care. This will allow us to better match the needs of the child with the skills of the home. Each one of my foster homes has different experiences as people and parents (biological and foster) that allow them to become accomplished and proficient in caring for children of certain ages and trauma exposure. Foster parenting is a special skill and should be recognized as such.
Lisa Walters Audra Honeycutt
Foster Parent Trainers Jeissie Mederos Anna Brown Julia Mailloux Carmen Gonzalez
Foster Parent Recruiters Rhonda Murphy Kathy Williams Wendi Hogan Kyraneisha Coleman
Foster Parent Advocates Jerry Pitzer Dania Guzman Jennifer Cardinal Kelli Boch
Get to Know Everyone As CBCCFL continues to grow by leaps and bounds, many of its new employees are overwhelmed by the various initiatives, programs, internal infrastructure etc. It is imperative that we have an understanding of not just the “what’s” being done but also the “Why” and “Who’s” are necessary to understand in order to perform to the best of our abilities. It is amazing to know that there are so many stellar programs that fall under the CBCCFL umbrella. In an effort to familiarize staff with our programs and help understand everything that we encompass, this newsletter will be highlighting different departments, programs and initiatives each month. This is a great way to learn and acknowledge the efforts and service our peers are providing to every child, every day! Shana Fair Development Specialist
Kudos to you Beth Batten and your team of Rock Stars! The Licensing Support Team is managed by Beth Batten. Her program oversees the recruitment, training and licensing support of all foster homes in the tri-county area. The team partners with Quality Partnership Initiative. QPI is a nationwide imitative which started in Florida in 2009 to improve and further professionalize the fostering experience.
and public relations. Team member Rhonda Murphy is a former foster parent so she can really speak from personal experience of having gone through the training and experiencing placements in her own home. Each of the recruiters have other child welfare experience which helps to carry the message throughout the community. In addition, there are four foster parent advocates and one foster parent liaison that works with Beth and her team. These individuals support the needs of foster parents.
This dynamic team also consists of several foster parent trainers who provide all of the pre-service training to all foster and adoptive parents. In Currently there are four addition to pre-service, they recruiters on Beth’s team who also provide an array of are placed in the community in-service trainings on various that recruit prospective foster topics to extend the education parents. of fostering and trauma These recruiters are informed care of children in our specialists in system. the field of marketing
Last but certainly not least, the team has four licensing managers that review all licensing packets for each of the new and existing homes in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. They also assist in training, facilitating staffing's where a need or issue may exist involving a child placed in a foster home or regarding a license regulation of the home. This team works incredibly hard to make sure that foster parents are recruited, trained, prepared and that children in our care are safe. In April, the team received a 98% overall compliance score from the state.
Foster Parent Appreciation Event Come sailing with us as we celebrate our foster parents! In honor of Foster Parent Appreciation Month, CBC of Central Florida would like to invite you to cruise along with foster parents as they enjoy a Victory Casino Cruise excursion on Saturday, May 31st. CBCCFL is sponsoring the cost of foster parents but we would love for adoptive parents, staff, friends and family to join us as well. There is a small fee of $25.00 for each person who is not a current licensed foster parent.
Foster Parent Q&A Session! Kathy Williams and Rhonda Murphy will be hosting a foster care and adoption FAQ session in honor is Foster Care awareness month. Please Spread the word! Foster Care and Adoption Q&A Session: Tuesday, June 3rd 6:00-7:30pm Safe Harbor Christian Church 730 Upsala Rd, Sanford, FL 32771 Page 5
Mark your calendars Join us for a day of fun while each staff member is celebrated for their commitment to protecting and inspiring every child, every day!
Save the date for an exciting night of fun, music and dancing as CBCCFL puts on Orlando’s version of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, Dance, Dream and Inspire at the Hard Rock Live, on Saturday, September 13, 2014.
We will be hosting our first annual 5k/Stroller Derby on Saturday, November 1, 2014. The inaugural Stroller Derby will be held at the beautiful Harbor Park in Baldwin Park. This is going to be the family event of the year, so grab your son, daughter, niece, nephew or pet and let’s take a stroll around Harbor Park! Registration is $25 per family. Day of event registration is $30 per family.
If you are interested in volunteering or becoming more involved in any upcoming events, please contact Debbie Leon, Development Director via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Page 6