The Human Services Advisory Board Working Group was created on June 16, 2010, by Board commission motion. The purpose of the Working group was to review and possibly modify the HSAB's policies and funding categories, to sunset in November 2010. The HSAB Working Group shall consist of nine voting members, to include the five current HSAB members and four additional members to be appointed by each of the four commissioners, not including the Mayor.
The group met four times during that period, and made a series of recommendations to modify/streamline the application; elicit additional information about how prior year's funding was utilized; offer an opportunity for organizations to change their funding category; eliminate the weighted percentages attached to each of the funding categories for two years; move several organizations that are not statutorily or otherwise required to be funded from BOCC line items to HSAB (with the funding- these are: Big Pine Athletic Assoc., Heart of the Keys Youth, Kids Come First; Rural Health Network, Upper Keys YMCA and Keys to Recovery); and to make an explicit policy that the vast majority of HSAB funding granted to any agency must be spent in and directly benefit Monroe County.
The recommendations from the Working Group were presented and approved at the November 17, 2010 BOCC meeting