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CS/CS/HB 1229 — Reorganization of the Department of Children and Family Services

by Health and Human Services Committee; Health and Human Services Access Subcommittee; and Rep. Drake (CS/SB 2048 by Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee and Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee (CF)

The bill authorizes the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF, or the department) to reorganize and changes the name of the agency to “Department of Children and Families.” The bill also establishes organizational units called “circuits” and “regions,” and changes the mission of the agency. The bill removes provisions related to program offices and directors, and removes obsolete language related to service districts and a prototype region.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2012.

Vote: Senate 39-0; House 116-0