The Centers ‘adjusts leadership’ at child welfare division

OCALA, FL (October 30, 2017) – As part of its continued efforts on accountability and to quality of services for its clients, Interim CEO, Ralph Fera-McIlwain and Interim COO, Donald Baracskay, adjusted its leadership at its Case Management Agency (CMA).

Contracted as a CMA through Kids Central, Inc., The Centers provides protective supervision services to children and their families regarding issues of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or exploitation by the child’s parent or guardian.

In addition, The Centers provides emergency intervention therapy to individuals and families whose children are at risk of removal.

 CMA programs include:

  • Family Care Management Services for children in foster and kinship care.
  • Family Early Engagement Team
  • Family Connections & Safety Response Team
  • Intensive Reunification Program
  • Referral to a full range of mental health and substance abuse services for children and families

“Our key responsibility is to keep children safe,” Fera-McIlwain stated.  “Our most recent performance assessment illustrated as an agency we needed to make a leadership change, in order to fulfill our mission. This decision will strengthen the partnership between The Centers and KCI, further protecting the approximately 800 children we serve,” said Fera-McIlwain.

The Centers, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization, has been serving Citrus and Marion Counties since 1972. With five locations and 450 employees, The Centers provides comprehensive mental health, substance abuse and child welfare services for children and adults. Committed to offering quality and affordable services for all in need, The Centers is rebuilding hope and significantly impacting the lives of thousands in the community. Licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Family Services and in partnership with Kids Central, Inc., The Centers is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

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