Placement Matching  



    Family Safety and Preservation Program


    65C-28.004Placement Matching


    Notice is hereby given that the following changes have been made to the proposed rule in accordance with subparagraph 120.54(3)(d)1., F.S., published in Vol. 45 No. 4, January 7, 2019 issue of the Florida Administrative Register.

    65C-28.004 Comprehensive Placement Assessment

    (1) No change.

    (2) Placement Matching and Determining the Level of Care 

    (a) Relative or Non-Relative Placement 

    1. The Child Protective Investigator (CPI) shall either:

    a. Fill out sections 1 and 2 of the Comprehensive Placement Assessment, CF-FSP 5438, date, incorporated by reference and available at, or a substantially similar form, and upload the form in the Meeting Module under “Placement Staffing” in the Florida Safe Families Network (FSFN); and or

    b. Document the assessment and results in the Meeting Module under “Placement Staffing” in FSFN, including any reasons why placement with a relative or non-relative level of care is not the most appropriate level of care.

    c. The assessment shall include a consideration of the factors listed below in (2)(b)1.a.I.-IX.

    2. No change.

    (b) Licensed Foster Care Placement

    1. The CBC or subcontracted agency will coordinate a multidisciplinary team staffing with a minimum of three (3) individuals currently involved with the child, as outlined in 39.523(2)(a), F.S. 

    a. The team shall consider the following factors in determining the most appropriate level of care for the child:

    I. through VII. No change.

    VIII. Current placement decisions related to any siblings, including a sibling that has been previously adopted or is in an adoptive placement.  Foster and aAdoptive parents of a sibling shall be contacted and, if interested, considered for placement.

    IX. No change.  

    b. through d. No change.

    2. through 4. No change.

    5. The preferred out-of-home placement for a child with a communicable disease who is exhibiting symptoms related to such disease is with a relative, or non-relative, or in a licensed out-of-home caregiver(s) setting with caregivers specifically trained for such purpose.

    a. through c. No change.

    6.  When it is necessary to place a child who is known to have any behaviors that may result in harm, the person making the placement shall implement safeguards to ensure that the needs of the child for supervision, treatment, and interventions are addressed and that the safety of other children in the same setting is ensured. The child welfare professional responsible for the case shall document the safeguards in the child’s behavior management plan or care precaution plan.

    a. through b. No change.

    c. Medicaid Fair Hearing Requirements. When a child or family has had Medicaid funded services reduced, denied, suspended or terminated, the child welfare professional shall assist the child or family in requesting a fair hearing. The Florida Medicaid Community Behavioral Health Services Coverage and Limitations Handbook addresses Fair Hearing Notices. Refer to Rules 65-2.042-.069, F.A.C., regarding the conduct of fair hearings.

    78. No change.

    (3) Child Welfare Professional Placement Responsibilities.  When a child is placed in out-of-home care, the child welfare professional responsible for the case shall:

    (a) No change.

    (b) Provide information about the out-of-home caregiver to the child, as age or developmentally appropriate.

    (b) through (l) are redesignated (c) through (m) No change.

    Rulemaking Authority 39.012, 39.0121(2), (6), (12), (13), 39.0137, 39.307(7), 39.523(5), 409.145(5) FS. Law Implemented 39.307(1)(b), 39.407, 39.522, 39.523, 409.145(2) FS. History–New 5-4-06, Amended 5-8-16,______.


    Changes have also been made to form CF-FSP 5438.

Document Information

Related Rules: (1)
65C-28.004. Placement Matching Requirements