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 Father and Son

  • Broward was the first county in Florida to pass a law requiring companies doing business with Broward County to provide equal healthcare benefits to employees with domestic partners.
  • Animal Care began offering discounts on adoption fees to promote more animal adoptions, and seeking sponsorship opportunities with public and private sector partners to help offset costs and fund additional programs.

Community wellness services are delivered in collaboration with private and public partners, which promote shared resources and eliminates duplication of services.

Health Care and Social Services
In the last fiscal year, Human Services agencies focused on improved operations and enhanced service delivery in a time of heightened community need.

The admissions process for the Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) was streamlined, allowing patients to transition into treatment quicker and more efficiently. A software upgrade was initiated to better manage client information and eliminate redundant paperwork.

A procurement process for in-house pharmacy services for BARC’s two residential facilities was initiated. Benefits include significant cost savings, reduced wait times for clients to receive medications, and an added ability to provide medication services for indigent clients after discharge.

A new 90-day aftercare program, “Transitions in Recovery,” is being designed and implemented to provide housing support and case management services to BARC clients who complete residential treatment services. Its anticipated launch date is in Spring 2013. A successful on-site program at Kids in Distress is in its ninth year.

BARC has earned the highest level of accreditation from The Joint Commission, by complying with national standards for health care quality and safety in behavioral health care.

Family Success launched a new information and referral database to track center activities, improve service delivery and reduce operating costs. Nearly $500,000 was distributed through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provided more than $5 million to assist 17,305 households with electrical bill payments. More than 13,000 residents participated in the National Association of Counties (NACo) Prescription Drug Card Program, and saved more than $46,315 in prescription drug costs.

Nancy J. Cotterman CenterThe Broward County Sexual Assault Treatment Center was renamed the Nancy J. Cotterman Center, honoring the center’s former director and her long-term advocacy work on behalf of sexually abused children and adults. The Center began a collaboration with Just Detention International to offer assistance to victims of sexual violence in prison. Increased collaboration with local law enforcement agencies has resulted in an increase in the number of investigative cases involving child victims of physical abuse (up 15 percent over last year) and sexual violence (up 50 percent over last year).

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County Commission Goal: Social Safety Net: An Accessible Collaborative Approach to Community Redevelopment and Affordable Housing