Big Bend Community Based Care (BBCBC) serves as the Network Management agency for child welfare and substance abuse and mental health (behavioral health) services in northwest Florida. Our sole purpose is to provide the highest quality child welfare, substance abuse and mental health services to children, adults and their families within their communities through a managed network of accredited providers. We serve as a centralized source of resources and support for our community and agency partners. Our agency is far more than an administrative office, however. At BBCBC, we strive to develop relationships with our children and families so we can provide them with the individualized attention they need. At BBCBC, we believe that children have the right to grow up safe, healthy and fulfilled in families that love and nurture them - and - that the children, adults and elders in our communities deserve exceptional behavioral health services that meet their needs.
Guided by our vision to create local ownership and effective integration of the child welfare and behavioral health systems in each of our 18 communities, we believe that the quality of life for children, adults and families we serve will dramatically improve, resulting in personal independence and stronger communities.
Mission and Vision
BBCBC’s Mission is to provide the highest quality child welfare, behavioral health services to children, adults and their families within their communities through a managed network of accredited providers.
Our Vision is to create local ownership and effective integration of the child welfare and substance abuse-mental health systems in each of our eighteen communities. By doing so, we believe that the quality of life for children, adults and families we serve will dramatically improve resulting in personal independence and stronger communities.
We will rely on the following values to guide us in our work. We will…
- Empower all persons served
- Respect the caregivers of children
- Be innovative and dedicated to excellence
- Be ethically, socially and culturally responsible
- Promote family and personal responsibility
- Partner with community and faith-based organizations to foster open and collaborative relationships
- Earn the trust and respect of our partners, customers and the public by providing exceptional customer service while practicing sound fiscal stewardship
- Employ an analytic and systemic approach to planning and performance management
- Facilitate a work environment that encourages professional development and growth
History of BBCBC
Florida’s community based care system was built on the premise that allowing communities to develop local solutions for the challenges inherent to child protection would improve outcomes for abused and neglected children and their families. BBCBC was founded in 2002 in response to this Florida Legislative initiative to improve child welfare services. Working in response to the challenges and opportunities of the transition to community based care, a group of local providers - Camelot Community Care, Children’s Home Society, and DISC Village - pooled their collective resources and expertise, and developed a new non-profit agency, BBCBC, Inc., a 501c3 corporation. Our agency’s initial purpose was to develop community based child welfare services and supports for the eight counties within DCF District 2B. A start-up contract between DCF and BBCBC was signed on April 23, 2003. BBCBC became fully operational as the lead agency providing foster care and related services in District 2B in July 2004.
In December 2004, BBCBC was with a new opportunity and challenge. Partnership for Families, Incorporated, and the community based care Lead Agency in DCF District 2A had moved to terminate their contractual relationship with DCF and dissolve the corporation. In response, DCF Administration approached BBCBC’s Board of Directors with a proposal that it expand its services and lead agency status to include the 6 counties in District 2A. The one-year emergency contract became effective on March 1, 2005. Subsequently this contract was extended for 5 years. The addition of District 2A expanded the BBCBC service area to 14 Florida panhandle counties.
Also in 2005, BBCBC’s original provider-based Board of Directors ended its term of service and a new community-based Board of Directors was selected and installed to guide the agency.
DCF’s District service area structure was changed in 2007 to mirror the State’s 20 judicial circuits. As a result, the agency’s child welfare service area changed slightly includes the twelve counties included in Florida Judicial Circuits 2 and 14, Madison and Taylor counties having shifted to Circuit 3. Throughout this document, references to Circuit 2 and our Eastern service area are synonymous, as are references to Circuit 14 and our Western service area.
The 2008 Florida Legislature began the initiative toward community based substance abuse and mental health services by amending subsection 394.9082, Florida Statutes authorizing the establishment of Behavioral Health Managing Entities (BHME). BBCBC’s selection as the Managing Entity for Florida’s Northwest Region (via competitive bid process) in 2013 completed the state’s transition to community based behavioral health services. BBCBC’s Managing Entity services contract encompasses the 18 counties that make up Florida Judicial Circuits 1, 2, 14 and Madison and Taylor Counties from Circuit 3.
Through these changes, we, along with our DCF partners, are committed to consumer and community involvement in improving the lives of the children, adults and families that we serve. BBCBC is focused on providing high quality child welfare and behavioral health services that make life better for children, adults, families, and our communities.