65C-15.017. Personnel  


Effective on Tuesday, July 25, 2017
  • 1(1) The 3child-placing 4agency director shall be responsible for the general management and administration of the agency in accordance with the licensing requirements and the policies of the governing body. The director shall have:

    35(a) A master’s degree in social work or a related area of study, 48as defined in subsection (2), of this rule, 56from an accredited college or university and at least two (2) years’ experience in human services or child welfare programs, or

    77(b) A bachelor’s degree in social work or a related area of study, 90as defined in subsection (2), of this rule, 98from an accredited college or university and four (4) years’ of experience in human services or child welfare programs, or

    118(c) A doctorate degree in social work or a related area of study, 131as defined in subsection (2), of this rule, 139may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience. Agency directors continuously employed 154since October 27, 1993, 158will be considered to have met these educational requirements.

    167(2) Agency staff responsible for supervision shall have a master’s degree in social work or a related area of study from an accredited college or university and at least two (2) years’ of experience in human services or child welfare programs, or a bachelor’s degree in social work or related area of study from an accredited college or university and four (4) years’ of experience in human services or child welfare programs. A doctorate in social work or a related area of study may be substituted for one year of the required experience. 260Related areas of study include bachelor’s or master’s degrees in human services, criminology, juvenile justice, psychology, sociology, counseling, special education, education, human development, child development, family development, marriage and family therapy, and nursing.

    293(3) Agency staff responsible for performing casework services shall have a bachelor’s degree in social work or related area of study or a master’s degree in social work or a related area of study from an accredited college or university. 333Related areas of study include those listed in subsection (2), above.

    344(4) A child-placing agency shall not hire any individual who does not meet the criteria set forth in subsections (2) and (3), above, without the approval of the Department’s Regional Managing Director or designee. The Regional Managing Director or designee 384shall grant 386approval if the individual has a bachelor’s degree and it is determined that the individual has sufficient relevant education, training, and experience in social services to substitute for the requirements set forth in subsections (2) and (3), above. The child-placing agency shall provide at least the following information in support of such approval:

    439(a) Documentation that the individual has a bachelor’s degree, along with a copy of the transcript or unofficial transcript for any post-secondary education completed by the person, listing the person’s completed coursework; and,

    472(b) Documentation of the individual’s relevant experience in social services, or coursework, or training in social services.

    489(5) No person who has served as a board member, executive director or other officer of an agency that has failed to secure a license to operate as a child-placing agency, 520or continued in operation after the revocation or suspension of the agency’s license 533shall be employed by or associated with a licensed child-placing agency for a period of two (2) years’ after termination or cessation of that illegal operation.

    559Rulemaking Authority 561409.175 FS. 563Law Implemented 565409.175 FS. 567History–New 12-19-90, Amended 10-27-93, Formerly 10M-24.027, Amended 11-14-16, 7-25-17.

     

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