SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Florida Department of Health announced a new service provider for the Child Protection Team (CPT) program for Flagler and Volusia counties. Effective July 1, the First Coast Child Protection Team will assume responsibility for providing services for Flagler and Volusia counties.
“The Florida Department of Health is committed to providing access to quality services in a timely manner for the residents of Volusia and Flagler counties,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services. “It is important for community members to know these services will continue to be available locally and there will be no gap in services to their families.”
The Florida Department of Health has finalized a contract with the University of Florida Jacksonville for the services of the First Coast Child Protection Team. The Jacksonville-based team was the first pilot site established in 1978 and currently covers Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns and Putnam counties.
Representatives from the First Coast Child Protection Team and the Department of Health have met with community stakeholders of the child protection team to discuss how the provision of services can be strengthened.
The Department of Health also is working to establish new provider agencies for the other child services currently provided by The Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia and Flagler counties to insure that important child and family services continue to be available locally without disruption.
Once contracts are finalized, the department will meet with the new agencies as well as pertinent community partners to ensure a thorough transition.