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Contact:
Marcie Dearth
(407) 637-0374 mdearth@impowerfl.org

 Dependency Case Management Services in Brevard to Experience Changes

Rockledge, Florida – April 6, 2017 IMPOWER, a leading mental health & child well-being organization currently contracted as the sole provider for Dependency Case Management Agency (CMA) services in Brevard County, will end services effective June 30, 2017.  IMPOWER was notified on April 3rd that Brevard Family Partnership (BFP), the Lead Agency for child welfare services, would not renew its $4.5 million contract for another 3-year term.

The decision was quite unexpected, according to Anna Baznik, President/CEO for IMPOWER. “We were shocked and disappointed to learn of BFP’s decision. Our staff has worked hard over the past three years to implement systems aimed at ensuring child safety and continuing to improve Brevard’s system of care. We believe our performance has been quite solid.”

Through written communication, BFP indicated the change was not based on IMPOWER”s performance but was a board directed strategic business decision.  BFP plans to transfer case management services beginning July 1 to a newly created subsidiary of BFP that the agency will manage.  “As we understand it, this is not what was designed or intended when the Florida Legislature created Community Based Care and redesigned Florida’s Child Welfare Systems.” Baznik stated. She further stated that she considers this “a slippery slope” and that the decision presents potential issues for the future of Community Based Care in Florida.

Baznik understands that most of IMPOWER’s current case management are expected to be offered positions by the new entity.

Approximately 700 children enter the foster care system annually in Brevard County due to maltreatment. CMA Services are in place to offer support and resources to vulnerable children, young adults and families to ensure safety, security, and wellbeing of every child.

“It has always been and will continue to be our priority to ensure the safety and well-being of the children and families in Brevard County. As such, we intend to work with BFP to transition services effectively and with minimal disruption to children and families”, said Baznik.

About IMPOWER

IMPOWER, a 501(c)(3)organization, is a leading non-profit mental health and child wellbeing organization focused on “inspiring life’s potential”. IMPOWER has been serving individuals and families in the Central Florida community since July 1994. Service areas include Brevard, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia & Polk Counties. Our mission is to change lives by protecting, counseling, teaching and inspiring individuals and families to reach their full potential. Our programs are community based with focus on ensuring that all individuals served have the tools and support to attain independence and self-sufficiency.  IMPOWER provides a continuum of behavioral and mental health therapy, foster care and adoption services, independent living and transitional housing for foster youth, and tele-health/tele-psychiatry services for more than 9,000 individuals and families annually.

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