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Prevention Services


  • Q: Why is Prevention a vital part of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice?
    A: The Office of Prevention and Victim Services is the first service component on the Department’s continuum of services. The goal of Prevention is to intervene early in the lives of at risk youth and decrease the chance of juvenile arrest and recidivism.
  • Q: What is the Office of Prevention and Victim Services?
    A: The office is charged with implementing programs, strategies, initiatives, and networks designed to prevent children from making contact with the juvenile justice system. Additionally, the Office of Prevention offers diversion and intervention services in an effort to keep children from penetrating deeper into the system.
  • Q: I am interested in funding for my prevention program or initiative; how do I apply for funding opportunities?
    A: All vendors interested in conducting business with the state must be registered in the My Florida Market Place System. To apply you first step is to register as a provider with The Department of Management Services at https://vendor.myfloridamarketplace.com/. Funds are awarded to eligible vendors on a competitive basis; based on availability, goods and services needed. Funding opportunities are publicly noticed on the State of Florida Vendor Bid System located at http://vbs.dms.state.fl.us/vbs/vbs_www.main_menu.
  • Q: Who do I contact if I am interested in prevention services for my child?
    A: Please call the Prevention Services Helpline at 1-866-757-0634.
  • Q: Are there any delinquency prevention programs in my area?
    A: Please click here to view delinquency prevention programs in Florida.
  • Q: My organization is having a community event. I am interested in having a prevention services representative attend to discuss services and initiatives. Who should I contact?
    A: Please contact the Special Projects Manager at (850) 488-3302.
  • Q: I am interested in employment opportunities with the Office of Prevention; how do I apply?
    A: Please access the Employment tab on the home page of this website to view all State of Florida employment opportunities.

Circuit Advisory Boards

  • Q: What is a Circuit Advisory Board?
    A: Florida law now authorizes the establishment of a Juvenile Justice Circuit Advisory Board in each of the 20 judicial circuits.  The Circuit Advisory Boards will provide advice and direction to the department in the development and implementation of juvenile justice programs and will work collaboratively with the department in seeking program improvements and policy changes to address the emerging and changing needs of Florida’s youth who are at risk of delinquency.
  • Q: Who is the Chair of my local Circuit Advisory Board?

    Circuit One – Escambia Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties – Ken Myers

    Circuit Two – Gadsden, Liberty. Franklin, Wakulla, Leon, and Jefferson Counties – Donnie Read

    Circuit Three – Madison, Taylor, Lafayette, Suwanee, Hamilton, Columbia, and Dixie Counties – Curtis Jenkins

    Circuit Four – Duval, Nassau, and Clay Counties– Jim Clark

    Circuit Five – Marion, Citrus, Sumter, Lake, and Hernando Counties – Stephanie Glass

    Circuit Six – Pasco and Pinellas Counties – Luke Williams

    Circuit Seven – St Johns, Flagler, Putnam, and Volusia Counties – Dana Platas

    Circuit Eight – Levy, Gilchrist, Baker, Union, Bradford, and Alachua Counties – Jim Pearce

    Circuit Nine –– Orange and Osceola Counties – Warren Shepard

    Circuit Ten – Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties –– Julia Hermelbracht

    Circuit Eleven – Miami-Dade County – Maria Osborne

    Circuit Twelve – Manatee, Sarasota, and Desoto Counties - Peria Duncan

    Circuit Thirteen – Hillsborough County – Luke Shepard

    Circuit Fourteen – Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, and Gulf Counties – Michael Johnson

    Circuit Fifteen – Palm Beach County – Dr. Barbara Gerlock

    Circuit Sixteen – Monroe County – Steven Torrence

    Circuit Seventeen – Broward County – Marsha Ellison

    Circuit Eighteen – Seminole and Brevard Counties – Richard Rogers

    Circuit Nineteen – Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties – Chief John Bolduc

    Circuit Twenty – Charlotte, Glades, Lee. Hendry, and Collier Counties – Dr. Sandra Pavelka

  • Q: How do I contact my local Chair?

    Circuit One

    Kenneth M. Myers

    DJJ Transition Coordinator

    Escambia School District


    (850) 430-7446

    Circuit Two

    Donnie Read

    Chief Executive Officer

    Twin Oaks Juvenile Development


    (850) 643-1090

    Circuit Three

    Curtis Jenkins

    Executive Director

    Columbia and Suwanee Teen Court


    (386) 755-4888


    Circuit Four

    Jim Clark

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Daniel Memorial


    (904) 296-1055

    Circuit Five

    Stephanie Glass

    Teen Court Program Specialist

    Board of County Commissioners


    (352) 742-6511

    Circuit Six

    Asst. Chief Luke Williams

    Assistant Police Chief

    St. Petersburg Police Department


    (727) 892-5332

    Circuit Seven

    Dana Platas

    Program Director

    Daniel Memorial


    (904) 434-9418

    Circuit Eight

    Jim Pearce

    Chief Executive Officer

    CDS Family and BEH Health Services, Inc.


    (352) 244-0628

    Circuit Nine

    Captain Warren Shepard

    Police Captain

    Kissimmee Police Department


    (407) 847-0176

    Circuit Ten

    Julia Hermelbracht

    Community Development Administrator

    Department of Children and Families


    (863) 578-1735

    Circuit Eleven

    Marie Osborne

    Chief Assistant Public Defender

    Public Defender’s Office – Circuit 11


    (305) 638-6241 ext 230

    Circuit Twelve

    Peria Duncan

    Criminal Justice Policy Coordinator

    Manatee County Administration


    (863) 993-4846

    Circuit Thirteen

    Judge Ralph C. Stoddard

    Circuit Judge

    13th Judicial Circuit


    (813) 272-6560

    Circuit Fourteen

    Michael Johnson

    Community Development Director

    City of Panama City


    (850) 872-7230

    Circuit Fifteen

    Dr. Barbara Gerlock

    Organizational Consultant and Coach

    System Integration Systems, LLC


    (561) 310-5010

    Circuit Sixteen

    Steven Torrence

    Chief of Police

    Monroe County Police Department



    (305) 809-1007

    Circuit Seventeen

    Marsha Ellison


    FortLauderdale/Broward NAACP


    (954) 764-7604

    Circuit Eighteen

    Richard Rogers

    Operations Director



    (321) 633-7090

    Circuit Nineteen

    Chief John Bolduc

    Chief of Police

    City of Port St. Lucie Police Department



    (772) 344-4278

    Circuit Twenty

    Dr. Sandra Pavelka

    Associate Professor

    Florida Gulf Coast University


    (239) 590-7835

  • Q: How do I know when my local Circuit Advisory Board meets?
    A: The Chair is responsible for planning and advertising meetings. Public notices will be posted to the Circuit Advisory Board Page within the Department of Juvenile Justice Website. Please check regularly for meetings in your area.
  • Q: Who can attend Circuit Advisory Board meetings?
    A: Anyone is welcome to attend. You need not be a member of the Board to join the meeting.  
  • Q: How can I get involved with Juvenile Justice reform efforts in my community?
    A: If you are a provider or volunteer interested in Juvenile Justice, we recommend you contact the Prevention Specialist or Reform Specialist dedicated to your community. The Specialist will be happy to assist you in contacting your local Advisory Board Chair or getting more information on events benefiting the children and families in your area.
  • Q: Who is the Prevention Specialist dedicated to my community?

    Brent Musgrove

    Office: (850) 717-2425


    Circuits 2 and 3


    Lydia Breaux-Davis

    Office: (850) 595-8820


    Circuits 1 and 14

    Marie Boswell

    Office: (305) 654-1962


    Circuits 11, 16, and 17

    Marty Reid

    Office: (407) 445-5354


    Circuit 9 and 18

    Pat McGhee

    Office: (727) 893-2038


    Circuits 6, 12, and 20

    Tina Levene

    Office: (813) 740-7868


    Circuits 10 and 13

    If you do not find your Circuit here and need more information, please contact Statewide Circuit Advisory Board Coordinator, Daniella DelVento at Daniella.DelVento@DJJ.state.fl.us.

  • Q: Who is the Reform Specialist dedicated to my community?

    April Denney

    Office: (850) 595-8820 ext 226


    Circuit 1

    Elizabeth Phillips

    Office: (850) 921-1066


    Circuit 2

    John Hancock

    Office: (386) 758-1504


    Circuit 3

    Donna Clayton

    Office: (904) 391-3836


    Circuit 4

    Randy Reynolds

    Office: (352) 732-1278


    Circuit 5

    Hazel Hudson

    Office: (727) 323-6601


    Circuit 6

    Marc Gilmet

    Office: (386) 238-4600


    Circuit 7

    Melanie Kretzman

    Office: (386) 418-5260


    Circuit 8

    Melinda Wesley-Nelson

    Office: (407) 445-5354 ext 245


    Circuit 9

    Crystal Brown

    Office: (863) 519-8549


    Circuit 10

    Maria Gilholley

    Office: (305) 598-6975


    Circuit 11

    James “Buddy” Hall

    Office: (941) 741-3254


    Circuit 12

    Khalilah Daniels

    Office: (813) 740-7869


    Circuit 13

    Bree Thaxton

    Office: (850) 872-7630 ext 217


    Circuit 14

    Shirlon McCarty


    Circuit 15

    Elaine Thompson

    Office: (305)292-6737


    Circuit 16

    Tabitha Bush

    Office: (954) 557-4953


    Circuit 17

    Tracy Olson-Luke

    Office: (321) 507-2674


    Circuit 18

    Michelle Simpson

    Office: (772) 429-2121


    Circuit 19

    Lut Clarcq

    Office: (239) 338-2664


    Circuit 20

    If you do not find your Circuit here and need more information, please contact Statewide Circuit Advisory Board Coordinator, Daniella DelVento at Daniella.DelVento@DJJ.state.fl.us.

Federal Grants

  • Q: How does the Federal Unit fund programs?
    A: Funding Programs was developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in Washington, DC. OJJDPs’ authority was established by the Federal Juvenile Justice Prevention Act of 2002 (JJDPA). There are 4 CORE Requirements for compliance: Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, Separation of Juveniles from Adult Jails and Lockups, Removal of Juveniles from Adult Jails and Lockups and Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC). The Federal Unit funds prevention programs from 2 main awards: Title II and the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG).
  • Q: What is Title II?
    A: The Formula Grants Program, funded by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, provides grant monies to States and territories that support State and local delinquency prevention, intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Funding is administered through sub-grants to units of local government, local private agencies, and Indian tribes for programs in accordance with legislative requirements Eligibility is based upon each State’s compliance with the mandates of the Juvenile Justice Prevention Act. Title II Grant funds are used to implement programs targeted at: developing and implementing effective methods for the prevention and reduction of delinquency; diverting juveniles from the traditional juvenile justice system through the creation of alternative programs to institutionalization and improving the quality of the juvenile justice system in Florida.
  • Q: What is the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG)?
    A: This program support state and local efforts to address juvenile crime by encouraging reforms that hold juveniles accountable for their actions. Funds may be used for specific purposes, including school safety, restorative justice, diversion, and accountability-based programs for juveniles.
  • Q: What is the State Advisory Group (SAG)?
    A: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention mandates the creation of a State Advisory Group (SAG) made up of 15 to 33 Governor Appointed individuals who cover the full spectrum of the Juvenile Justice including Providers, Government Representatives and Youth members. The members of the SAG provide input into the state’s use of funds provided under the JJDPA. The SAG is also responsible for supporting JJDPA compliance and providing information about JJDPA requirements to state and local policy makers. In addition, the SAG evaluates all responses to RFPs and makes funding recommendations.

    The following staff can be contacted directly for Prevention funding opportunities:

  • Q: What is Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)?
    A: DMC or “disproportionate minority contact” occurs when the proportion of youth of color in a community is lower than the proportion of youth of color held in secure detention or involved in the local juvenile justice system. Since 1988, the Juvenile Justice Detention and Prevention Act (JJDPA) required states to make an effort to reduce the number of youth of color detained if their numbers are disproportionate. Congress required that states “address juvenile delinquency prevention efforts and system improvement efforts designed to reduce, without establishing or requiring numerical standards or quotas, the disproportionate number of juvenile members of minority groups, who come into contact with the juvenile system” (see 42 USC. §223(a) (22). The state of Florida has a DMC coordinator who is charged with addressing DMC issues statewide.
  • Q: How do I get in touch with the DMC coordinator?
    A: Contact , DMC Coordinator, Phone: (850) 488-3302, fax (850) 922-6189.

Faith Community Network/Chaplaincy Services

  • Q: What is the Faith Community Network/Chaplaincy Services Program?
    A: The program provides a full range of programs and services to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency in partnership with faith and community based organizations and to ensure that every youth and their families have access to chaplaincy services during times of family crisis.
  • Q: How can I become involved?
    A: To learn how to get involved contact the Director of Faith and Community-Based Partnerships in the Office of Prevention and Victim Services at (850) 488-3302.
  • Q: How Does the Faith Community Network Work?
    A: The Faith Community Network/Chaplaincy Services program is flexible by design. Because each community has its own unique needs and resources, the Faith Community Network is composed of individual initiatives in each judicial circuit working collectively to help prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency across the State of Florida. It is encouraged to organize in a manner such that it will address issues of children in that specific area. This flexible philosophy almost guarantees that each circuit will have a uniquely different initiative based on its particular risk factors and protective factors.

    The Faith Community Network/Chaplaincy Services program is guided by a Circuit Faith Community Network/Chaplaincy Services Leadership Team. This Leadership Team, because of the nature of the initiative, should be composed of leaders from the faith community and may also include business partners, educators, community representatives, and law enforcement/judicial personnel. This Team should be representative of the diversity found in the faith community, neighborhoods, ethnic backgrounds, community organizations, etc.

  • Q: What services are provided through the Faith Community Network/Chaplaincy Services program?
    A: Services may include but are not limited to, after school programs, mentoring, tutoring, anger management, counseling, job skills, transportation assistance, food and clothing.

    Chaplaincy Services provides pastoral counseling, pastoral care, emotional and spiritual support during times of personal and family crisis situations. Chaplaincy Services are available to youth in residential programs, detention centers and to youth in the community that are on probation, aftercare or participating in prevention programs.

    A youth or family’s participation in the Faith Community Network/Chaplaincy Services program is voluntary and every effort will be made to ensure a Chaplain or faith volunteer of their chosen faith is available.

  • Q: How do I connect with the Faith Community Network/Chaplaincy Services program?
    A: Contact information can be found on the department’s website at www.djj.state.fl.us or by calling the Prevention Helpline at (866) 757-0634.

State Programs - CINS/FINS, PACE Centers for Girls, Outward Bound

  • Q: What does CINS/FINS mean?
    A: Children In Need of Services/Families In Need of Services (CINS/FINS): The Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit statewide association representing agencies which serve lockouts/homeless, runaway and troubled youth’s ages 10 to 17 and their families.
  • Q: What services do CINS/FINS Shelters provide to children and families?
    A: They provide shelter, non-residential counseling, Case/Service Plan, Case Management Services, Adjudication Services, CINS Petition, Staff Secure Services, Physically Secure Services, and Case Termination.
  • Q: Where are CINS/FINS Shelters located?
    A: View locations and contact information for CINS/FINS services or call the Prevention Helpline for more information at (866) 757-0634.
  • Q: What is the PACE Center for Girls?
    A: Practical Academic Cultural Education (PACE) Center for Girls, Inc., A nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that provides non-residential, prevention, intervention, and diversion services for at-risk girls and young women ages 12 to 17.
  • Q: What services do PACE Centers provide to young women?
    A: PACE provides assessments to identify each girl's strengths and challenges, individual counseling, academic education in partnership with local public schools, gender-responsive life management curriculum, called “Spirited Girls!”, case management services, parental involvement, community volunteer service opportunities, and career preparation.
  • Q: Where are PACE Centers located?
    A: View Pace Center Locations or for more information call the Prevention Helpline at (866) 757-0634.
  • Q: What is Outward Bound?
    A: This program helps teens and their families transition their lives in more meaningful and positive directions. Outward Bound emphasizes character development, academic achievement and social responsibility to reduce the risk of dropping out of school, substance abuse and future delinquency. Programs consist of 20-day wilderness expeditions and a 20 to 24-day follow up component which takes place in the students’ home and school environments.Parental involvement is required.
  • Q: How do I connect with Outward Bound Services?
    A: View Outward Bound contact information or for more information call the Prevention Helpline at (866) 757-0634.

Special Projects & Community Outreach

  • Q: I’m having an event in my community. Who can I contact for a representative from the Office of Prevention to attend an event?
    A: For additional information you may contact the Special Projects Manager at (850) 488-3302.
  • Q: I’m hosting a teen summit. Who do I contact for representation from the Office of Prevention?
    A: For additional information you may contact the Special Projects Manager at (850) 488-3302.
  • Q: How can I become a Partner with the Office of Prevention?
    A: For additional information you may contact the Special Projects Manager at (850) 488-3302.
  • Q: Are there any gender specific programs in Florida?
    A: Yes; Practical Academic Cultural Education (PACE) Center for Girls, Inc. Click here for additional information or contact our Community Liaison (850) 488-3302.
  • Q: Who do I contact regarding information on youth programs/shelters in my area?
    A: Contact Prevention’s Community Liaison at (850) 488-3302.
  • Q: Are there any programs for children who have not committed a crime?
    A: Yes; Children In Need of Services/Families In Need of Services (CINS/FINS). For additional information view the Youth Programs web page or contact the Community Liaison at (850) 488-3302.
  • Q: Is there a Community Outreach Coordinator and if so how can I get in touch with this employee?
    A: Yes; The Community Outreach Coordinator can be reached at (850) 488-3302.
  • Q: What is the Prevention Helpline?
    A: The Prevention Helpline was established to provide callers information on prevention programs and to put the caller in touch with preventative programs available in their neighborhoods which provide a service for youth. Please NOTE: The Prevention Helpline is NOT a counseling service number, it is informational ONLY.
  • Q: What is the telephone number to the Prevention Helpline?
    A: The telephone number to the Prevention Helpline is 1-866-757-0634.

Budget & Finance

  • Q: How is the Prevention and Victim Services Program funded?
    A: The Florida Legislature appropriated spending authority FY 2011-12 for the Program as follows:
    • State General Funds
    • Invest in Children License Plate Fees
    • License Tax Surcharge
    • Federal Grant Funds
  • Q: What type of federal grant funding does the Prevention and Victim Services Program receive?
    A: The Prevention and Victim Services Program receives federal grant awards from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.Grant awards include:
    • Title II - Formula grants that are awarded to states based on their proportionate population under age 18. At least two-thirds of the funds awarded to each state must be used for programs operated by local public and private agencies and federally recognized tribal governments.
    • Title V - Block grants that support collaborative, community-based delinquency prevention efforts designed to keep at-risk youth and first-time non-serious offenders from entering the juvenile justice system.
    • Juvenile Accountability Block Grant - Block grants for programs promoting greater accountability in the juvenile justice system.
  • Q: How does the Department use fees collected from the sale of Invest in Children’s license plates?
    A: Proceeds from the sale of Invest in Children license plates are deposited into the Juvenile Crime Prevention and Early Intervention Trust Fund within the Department. Based on recommendations of the juvenile justice councils, the Department must use these proceeds to fund programs and services that are designed to prevent juvenile delinquency. The Department must allocate moneys for programs and services within each county based on that county’s proportionate share of the license plate annual use fee collected by the county.
  • Q: Does the Prevention and Victim Services Program receive funding from the license tax surcharge?
    A: Yes; a surcharge is added to the license tax. These surcharge proceeds are deposited into the State’s General Revenue Fund and a minimal amount is deposited into the Grants and Donations Trust Fund in the Department of Juvenile Justice. The Department must use these proceeds to fund juvenile crime prevention programs and the community juvenile justice partnership grants program.
  • Q: How often is Prevention and Victim Services funding available?
    A: Most Prevention funding is awarded annually; however, funding may become available throughout the fiscal year.
  • Q: How are service providers notified when Prevention and Victim Services funding is available?
    A: Since funding for prevention services must be competitively bid, all bid notices are posted on My Florida Marketplace. Providers should periodically check this site for these notices.
  • Q: Must providers be registered users of My Florida Marketplace to check for advertisements?
    A: No; however, providers are required to be registered users to offer bids for funding.