The name of this organization shall be the Hillsborough County Community
The designated service area of the Alliance shall be Hillsborough County, Florida.
The principal office and place of business of the Alliance shall be located at the SunCoast Regional Office, Department of Children and Families, 9393 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612. Meetings shall convene at a location convenient to the community.
The mission of the Alliance is to provide the opportunity for all children and families to reach their full potential and to provide a focal point for community participation and governance of community-based services.
ARTICLE Ill – PURPOSE
The purpose of the Alliance shall include, but not be limited to the
- Joint planning for local resource utilization in the community including resources appropriated to the department and any funds that local funding sources choose to provide.
- Needs assessment and establishment of community priorities for service
- Determining and evaluating community outcome goals to supplement state-required outcomes.
- Serving as a catalyst for community resource
- Providing for community education and advocacy on issues related to
delivery of services.
- Promoting prevention and early intervention
- Support interagency
The Alliance is a forum through which services for children mandated and funded by state and federal government are planned, organized and
The Alliance shall use shared services and resources to achieve its mission and purpose.
ARTICLE IV- ALLIANCE GOVERNANCE
Authority: The Alliance is vested the authority to create by-laws to manage and govern itself, so long as they do not conflict with the laws of the State of Florida.
Composition: The Alliance will decide on who and how members can be added to represent the diversity of their community.
Membership: The Alliance shall consist of the following members:
- A representative from the department.
- A representative from county
- A representative from the school
- A representative from the county United
- A representative from the county sheriff’s
- A representative from the circuit court corresponding to the
- A representative from the county children’s board, if one
Additional Membership: Additional members may be added by application or invitation and be approved by the majority of the board.
A member of the community alliance, other than a member specified above, may not receive payment for contractual services from the department or a community-based care lead agency.
Term of Service: Each Alliance member shall serve a term of service, according to the following:
- Mandated Positions: Alliance members shall serve without limit coincidental to
- Additional members shall serve a two-year term without
Vacancy: If a vacancy shall occur among the Alliance’s statutorily required members, the appointing/electing authority at its earliest convenience shall fill such vacancy. A member so appointed/elected shall serve for the unexpired position of that term of service. ‘
Meetings: The Alliance shall meet at a minimum quarterly. All Alliance members can be represented by a designee; however, the designee will have no voting rights.
Quorum: A majority of the Alliance membership shall constitute a quorum necessary for official conduct of meetings of the Alliance.
When a quorum is present, a majority vote of those members present and voting shall prevail in the decision of any matters brought before the meeting of the Alliance, except where prescribed by these Bylaws.
Official Functioning: The Alliance shall operate as a public body, covered under the provision of Section 286.011 and the public records provision of Section 119.07(1).
- All meetings of the Alliance shall be open to the
- Members of the Alliance are subject to the provisions of Part Ill of Chapter 112, the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and
- Alliance members shall annually submit a disclosure statement of services interests to the department’s inspector general. Any member who has an interest in a matter under consideration by the alliance must abstain from voting on that matter.
- Actions taken by a community alliance must be consistent with department policy and state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
Compensation: MembersoftheAllianceshallservewithoutcompensation. MembersoftheAlliance are entitled to receive reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses, as provided in s. 112.061. Payment may also be authorized for preapproved child care expenses or lost wages for members who are consumers of the department’s services and for preapproved child care expenses for other members who demonstrate hardship.
ARTICLE V – OFFICERS
Composition: The officers shall be Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary.
Election Tenure Vacancy: All officers shall be elected by the Alliance from among its members.
5.2.1 Each officer shall serve for a one (1) year term. However, no officer shall serve for more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same office.
5.2.2. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of officers to the Alliance as directed by the chair.
- Officer elections shall take place annually as designated by the
- The term of office for all officers shall begin in January of each
- Officer vacancies may be filled by the Alliance at any regular meeting of the Alliance, or at a special meeting called for that
Powers and Duties: The officers shall have such powers and duties as generally ascribed to their respective offices, and such further powers and duties as from time to time may be conferred by the Alliance, including but not limited to the following:
- Chair: The chair shall preside at all meetings of the Alliance; appoint the chair of the Alliance committees; serve as an ex-officio member of all Alliance committees; represent and act on behalf of the Alliance as authorized by the Alliance; and exercise such other duties as may of right appertain to the
- Vice Chair: The Vice Chair shall exercise the authority and fulfill the duties of the Chair in the absence of that office; and exercise such other duties as may be assigned by the
- Secretary: The Secretary shall maintain a current roster of the membership of the Alliance; prepare a Record of Proceedings of all meetings of the Alliance; serve as chair of the Alliance’s Nominating Committee; and exercise such other duties as may be assigned by the
ARTICLE VI – COMMITTEES
Executive Committee: The Alliance shall empower an Executive Committee whose membership shall be:
The Executive Committee can make non-binding recommendations only.
Committees: The Alliance shall appoint as deemed necessary and appropriate.
ARTICLE VII – RULES OF ORDER
Meeting Procedures: All meetings of the Alliance will be conducted according to generally accepted procedures for the conduct of meetings.
- Should a procedural dispute arise, the official presiding will seek consensus on dispute resolution among the members
- If the procedural dispute cannot be resolved in a reasonable amount of time, the most recently published version of Robert’s Rules of Order will be used to resolve the disputed
ARTICLE VIII -AMENDMENTS
Proposed Amendments: These Bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed either in part or in entirety, upon written notice of the proposed changes to the duly appointed/elected membership of the Alliance at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the Alliance meeting at which the proposed changes will be considered and acted upon.
Amendment Approval: These Bylaws (and any future alteration, amendment, or repeal to these Bylaws) shall require approval by an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the duly appointed/elected membership of the Alliance.