Eckerd Connects has announced it won’t seek contract renewal with the Florida Department of Children and Families for its work in Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties when contracts expire.
Eckerd Connects is a private, state-funded organization that provides foster and child services to DCF. The announcement was made the same day DCF told Eckerd Connects it would be using a new service provider in Pinellas and Pasco starting next year.
Eckerd Board of Directors Chair V. Raymond Ferrara said Eckerd was leaving because the organization was woefully underfunded. The decision also comes after a state investigation found Eckerd overpaid executives.
– Kelly Hayes, Florida Politics