On Tuesday, November 28th, the Leon County Commission will hold a workshop related to the County’s funding of human services through the Community Human Services Partnership (CHSP).
The workshop was requested by the elected officials at the Board’s July 11, 2023 meeting.
The agenda for the workshop includes a comprehensive report on
the human services supported by Leon County through the CHSP. The agenda also includes several staff recommendations to “ensure that the County remains well positioned to respond to the human services needs in the community through continuous enhancements of the CHSP, strategic investments, and strengthened partnerships.”
Staff recommends authorizing the County Administrator to amend the CHSP Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Tallahassee to realign current human services categories. The report states, “Recognizing the dedicated investment in children and family services through the CSC (Children Services Council) in the community, the proposal is to reduce the current CHSP service categories from 11 to 6 with enhanced focus on homelessness and emergency housing assistance.”
It is proposed that the children, youth and family services be removed from the CHSP categories all-together. Staff notes that voters approved the creation of the CSC for the purpose of establishing a dedicated funding source for children. The 6 proposed categories would also include a new gun violence intervention category as well.
In FY 2023, the CHSP provided around $1.41 million in funding for children services, and staff recommends shifting those funds to the remaining 6 categories. The report proposes that children services be primarily funded from the CSC, recommending, “CHSP human services categories be aligned to recognize access to children, youth and family funding primarily through the CSC and therefore better utilize CHSP funding to address human service needs in the community.”
Staff also recommends the establishment of a new subcategory in the CHSP Homeless Service Category to provide line-item funding for emergency homeless shelters in an effort to reduce the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Tallahassee-Leon County.
Staff also recommends the establishment of annual outside agency line-item funding to 2-1-1 Big Bend for the 24-hour Helpline and Lyft Transportation program.
As requested by the County Commission, the County Administrator sent correspondence to the City inviting them to participate in the Workshop, but the City declined. However, the City is expected to consider the recommendations presented in the item at their meeting on December 13, 2023.