Florida Senate - 2014                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 1666
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
               Floor: 11/AD/2R         .                                
             04/25/2014 11:41 AM       .                                

       Senator Sobel moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 2171 - 2262
    4  and insert:
    6  REQUIREMENTS.—The department is responsible for recruitment of
    7  qualified professional staff to serve as child protective
    8  investigators and child protective investigation supervisors.
    9  The department shall make every effort to recruit and hire
   10  persons qualified by their education and experience to perform
   11  social work functions. The department’s efforts shall be guided
   12  by the goal that by July 1, 2019, at least half of all child
   13  protective investigators and supervisors will have a bachelor’s
   14  degree or a master’s degree in social work from a college or
   15  university social work program accredited by the Council on
   16  Social Work Education. The department, in collaboration with the
   17  lead agencies, subcontracted provider organizations, the Florida
   18  Institute for Child Welfare created pursuant to s. 1004.615, and
   19  other partners in the child welfare system, shall develop a
   20  protocol for screening candidates for child protective positions
   21  which reflects the preferences specified in paragraphs (a)-(f).
   22  The following persons shall be given preference in the
   23  recruitment of qualified professional staff, but the preferences
   24  serve only as guidance and do not limit the department’s
   25  discretion to select the best available candidates:
   26         (a)Individuals with baccalaureate degrees in social work
   27  and child protective investigation supervisors with master’s
   28  degrees in social work from a college or university social work
   29  program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
   30         (b) Individuals with baccalaureate or master’s degrees in
   31  psychology, sociology, counseling, special education, education,
   32  human development, child development, family development,
   33  marriage and family therapy, and nursing.
   34         (c) Individuals with baccalaureate degrees who have a
   35  combination of directly relevant work and volunteer experience,
   36  preferably in a public service field related to children’s
   37  services, demonstrating critical thinking skills, formal
   38  assessment processes, communication skills, problem solving, and
   39  empathy; a commitment to helping children and families; a
   40  capacity to work as part of a team; an interest in continuous
   41  development of skills and knowledge; and personal strength and
   42  resilience to manage competing demands and handle workplace
   43  stresses.
   44         (2) SPECIALIZED TRAINING.—All child protective
   45  investigators and child protective investigation supervisors
   46  employed by the department or a sheriff’s office must complete
   47  specialized training either focused on serving a specific
   48  population, including, but not limited to, medically fragile
   49  children, sexually exploited children, children under 3 years of
   50  age, or families with a history of domestic violence, mental
   51  illness, or substance abuse, or focused on performing certain
   52  aspects of child protection practice, including, but not limited
   53  to, investigation techniques and analysis of family dynamics.
   54  The specialized training may be used to fulfill continuing
   55  education requirements under s. 402.40(3)(e). Individuals hired
   56  before July 1, 2014, shall complete the specialized training by
   57  June 30, 2016, and individuals hired on or after July 1, 2014,
   58  shall complete the specialized training within 2 years after
   59  hire. An individual may receive specialized training in multiple
   60  areas.
   61         (3) REPORT.—By each October 1, the department shall submit
   62  a report on the educational qualifications, turnover, and
   63  working conditions of the child protective investigators and
   64  supervisors to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and
   65  the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
   67  WELFARE CASES.—Attorneys hired on or after July 1, 2014, whose
   68  primary responsibility is representing the department in child
   69  welfare cases shall, within the first 6 months of employment,
   70  receive training in:
   71         (a)The dependency court process, including the attorney’s
   72  role in preparing and reviewing documents prepared for
   73  dependency court for accuracy and completeness;
   74         (b)Preparing and presenting child welfare cases, including
   75  at least 1 week shadowing an experienced children’s legal
   76  services attorney preparing and presenting cases;
   77         (c)Safety assessment, safety decisionmaking tools, and
   78  safety plans;
   79         (d)Developing information presented by investigators and
   80  case managers to support decisionmaking in the best interest of
   81  children; and
   82         (e)The experiences and techniques of case managers and
   83  investigators, including shadowing an experienced child
   84  protective investigator and an experienced case manager for at
   85  least 8 hours.
   86         Section 24. Section 402.403, Florida Statutes, is created
   87  to read:
   88         402.403 Child Protection and Child Welfare Personnel
   89  Tuition Exemption Program.—
   90         (1) There is established within the department the Child
   91  Protection and Child Welfare Personnel Tuition Exemption Program
   92  for the purpose of recruiting and retaining high-performing
   93  individuals who are employed as child protection and child
   94  welfare personnel. For purposes of this section, “child
   95  protection and child welfare personnel” includes child
   96  protective investigators and child protective investigation
   97  supervisors employed by the department and case managers and
   98  case manager supervisors employed by a community-based care lead
   99  agency or a subcontractor of a community-based care lead agency
  100  who do not possess a master’s degree in social work.
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  103  And the title is amended as follows:
  104         Delete lines 99 - 102
  105  and insert:
  106         specializations; creating s. 402.402, F.S.; providing
  107         preferences for education and work experience for
  108         child protection and child welfare personnel;
  109         requiring specialized training for specified
  110         individuals; requiring a report; providing training