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Big Bend Community Based Care Awarded Prestigious Sterling Award

May 11, 2016

Tallahassee, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Sterling Council today announced that Big Bend Community Based Care, Community Health of South Florida, Inc., and Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County are recipients of the prestigious Governor's Sterling Award for 2016.

Governor Scott said, “The Governor’s Sterling Award winners reflect our focus of making Florida the best state in the nation to live, work and raise a family. I am pleased that Florida is leading the nation and I congratulate this year’s top-performing Sterling Award recipients. This award is the highest recognition an organization in Florida can receive for performance excellence. The Governor’s Sterling Award process is an efficient tool for all organizations that saves Florida businesses millions of dollars annually.”
Mike Watkins, CEO of Big Bend Community Based Care said, "Big Bend is honored and humbled to receive the Sterling Award. We commend Governor Scott and the Florida Sterling Council for recognizing the importance of investing in children so that they too can grow in Florida." 

Senator Bill Montford of Tallahassee said “I am very proud of the work that Big Bend Community Based Care has done for the families in this area.  They are deserving of this prestigious award and I am happy to congratulate them on this great achievement.”

Representative Alan Williams of Tallahassee said “Big Bend Community Based Care enhances the lives of children from Tallahassee to Pensacola, using the best services that would otherwise not be provided. The leadership of Mike Watkins continues to make Big Bend CBC a premiere organization that meets the critical needs of our most vulnerable population and our greatest gifts, our children. “

These coveted awards will be bestowed at the 2016 Governor's Sterling Award Banquet at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes on Friday, June 3, 2016.

For 24 years, the Governor's Sterling Award has recognized organizations and businesses in Florida that have successfully achieved performance excellence within their management and operations.
 
Big Bend Community Based Care, with 68 employees, serves as the Network Management agency for child welfare (2002) and substance abuse and mental health services (2013) for the 18 counties in Northwest Florida. Big Bend is the first agency in the state to manage both child welfare and behavioral health services. Big Bend’s vision to create local ownership and effective integration of the child welfare and behavioral health systems is resulting in a higher quality of life for children and families, as well as stronger communities. The Big Bend area includes: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington Counties. Big Bend’s results include reducing administrative expenses from 4.40% in FY 2011/2012 to 2.32% by FY 2014/2015 demonstrating their high standards of financial excellence. Big Bend also led the state in strategically prioritizing well-being services for children in foster care. The percent of children receiving timely medical and dental services increased from 96.82% in FY 2013/2014 to 99.1% by FY 2015/2016.
 
Big Bend Community Base Care is a first time recipient and the first combined Community-Based Care Child Welfare State Lead Agency and Managing Entity to earn the Governor’s Sterling Award.

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Mike Watkins Recognized as an Angel in Adoption™ at National Event in Washington, D.C.

September 16, 2014

Angel Mike

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) will honor Mike Watkins as an Angel in Adoption™ at an awards ceremony on September 16 and gala on September 17 in Washington, D.C.

Mike Watkins is the CEO of Big Bend Community Based Care, Inc. a Florida non-profit providing foster care and related services across 12 counties in Northwest Florida.  Over the past 24 years, Mike has dedicated his career to Florida’s at-risk children.  Mike was nominated by Florida Congressman Steve Southerland for demonstrating a commitment to improving the lives of children in need of permanent, loving homes and for his dedication to adoption and positive child welfare practices.... Click here to read more

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Foster siblings will stay together

By JACQUELINE BOSTICK | The News Herald

Published: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 20:17 PM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — The little black fur trimmed hoodie caught the attention of sponsors and volunteers as it darted past the window outside.

The face wasn’t visible from inside the house. Perhaps it was one of the 7-year-old foster twin girls taking a breather to ride her bike in the yard on the concrete basketball court near the porch and playground.

“One of the things that used to break my heart was when we had to separate siblings,” said Esther Jacobo, interim secretary at the state Department of Children and Families. “Because they remember less the abuse than the trauma of being removed.”... Click here to read more

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Reggie Johns, Former Board President 

Reggie Johns

In Appreciation for Outstanding Leadership Reggie Johns, Board of Directors President   December 10, 2009-October 10, 2013

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Florida Sterling Council Appoints Big Bend Community Based Care CEO 

July 10, 2013

Mike Watkins, Chief Executive Officer of Big Bend Community Based Care, was appointed to the Florida Sterling Council Board on July 8, 2013.  This is in recognition of his career long commitment to continued quality improvement in the child welfare system. Mike will be asked to provide perspective and promote the highest quality development of non-profit and healthcare organizations in the state of Florida.

The Florida Sterling Council has served as the epicenter of business quality through assessment, training, and recognition for performance excellence and proven results for the past twenty-two years. The Council has been endorsed by every Governor since its inception, including Governor Rick Scott, as the highest award any Florida organization can receive.

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Florida Sterling Council Appoints Big Bend Community Based Care CEO 

July 10, 2013

Mike Watkins, Chief Executive Officer of Big Bend Community Based Care, was appointed to the Florida Sterling Council Board on July 8, 2013.  This is in recognition of his career long commitment to continued quality improvement in the child welfare system. Mike will be asked to provide perspective and promote the highest quality development of non-profit and healthcare organizations in the state of Florida.

The Florida Sterling Council has served as the epicenter of business quality through assessment, training, and recognition for performance excellence and proven results for the past twenty-two years. The Council has been endorsed by every Governor since its inception, including Governor Rick Scott, as the highest award any Florida organization can receive.

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BBCBC Announces the Addition of Two Board Members

June 13, 2013

We are delighted to announce two new additions to our Board of Directors, Mr. Scott Wells Clemons and Mr. Gerald L. Waters, Sr. 

Scott Wells Clemons is from Panama City, Florida. He graduated with a BA in Political Science (International Relations) and received a Juris Doctorate from Mercer University. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives and re-elected until retirement in 1998. Mr. Clemmons practiced Law at Bryant, Higby & Williams, and later joined the Clemons Company and focused on health insurance and structured settlements. Mr. Clemons was also the Mayor of the City of Panama City from 2007-2011. He served as Chairman of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Early Education & Care Inc., Appointed to Florida Commissions on Ethics 1998-2000, Chairman of the Florida Children’s Campaign, Chairman of the Bay County School Readiness Coalition, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bay Medical Center, and he is a Member of Board of Directors of the United Way.

Gerald L. Waters, Sr. resides in Navarre, Florida and currently serves as President of the Santa Rosa County Foster Adoptive Parent Association. He has been a member since 2007. He attended Common Campus Technology School and received a Florida Nursing Certificate.  While Managing Troop Medical Clinic for the United States Army (1981-2004), Mr. Waters worked as Senior Budget Analyst for Mission Planning at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida (1998-2006).  Mr. Waters serves as a Council Member for The Department of Juvenile Justice in Santa Rosa County, Northwest Florida Prevention Coalition of Santa Rosa County, and is on the Board of Directors for Holley Navarre Middle School and Navarre High School, School Advisory Council. Mr. Waters is a Member of National Alliance of Medical Illness (NAMI).

The experience that both Scott Wells Clemons and Gerald L. Waters, Sr. possess will be a welcomed addition to the organization as we continue our goal to provide the highest quality child welfare prevention and intervention services to children and their families within their communities.   

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Letting kids be kids

May 24, 2013

This year, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law the “Quality Parenting for Children in Foster Care Act” and is expected to soon sign into law the “Nancy C. Detert Common Sense and Compassion Independent Living Act.” In a nutshell, these two landmark pieces of legislation focus on ensuring children who have been sheltered from unsafe homes have the opportunity to experience a childhood that is as normal and promising as possible and an adulthood that is as productive and fulfilling as possible....Click here to read more

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Big Bend Community Based Care Awarded Contract from DCF to become Managing Entity for Northwest Region

April 3, 2013

The Florida Department of Children and Families has awarded a $46,397,993 per year contract to Big Bend Community Based Care to become the Managing Entity for Substance Abuse and Mental Health services for the Northwest Region. The contract officially started April 1 and is a continuation of a statewide initiative by the Department of Children and Families. The imitative, which started in 2010, shifted direct DCF management of all statewide substance abuse and mental health contracts to purchase the administration of the service contracts. The Department’s goal was to cut costs and improve the services available and delivered to those who need substance abuse or mental health treatment.... Click here to read more