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Governor Rick Scott’s “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget Fights to Support At-Risk Youth and Families


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 31, 2017

 

Heather DiGiacomo

heather.digiacomo@djj.state.fl.us

(850) 921-5900

 

Governor Rick Scott’s “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget Fights to Support At-Risk Youth and Families

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Today, Governor Rick Scott announced his “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget, which invests an additional $16 million into Florida’s juvenile justice system for a total of $571 million. This funding will support the continuation of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s (DJJ) reform efforts and its core mission of reducing juvenile delinquency, increasing public safety, and providing the services at-risk youth and their families need in the coming years to transition youth back into their communities and guide them towards successful adulthood.

 

Governor Scott said, “Florida has taken tremendous steps forward in reducing juvenile delinquency with juvenile arrests dropping to the lowest levels in more than forty years. We will continue to invest in effective programs and services that will not only help vulnerable youth in our state get the opportunities they need to succeed, but also ensure that Florida remains a safe state for families and visitors to enjoy for years to come.”

 

“Governor Scott’s ‘Fighting for Florida’s Future’ Budget demonstrates Florida’s commitment to not only having the most comprehensive juvenile justice system in the country but to also having the best system as well” said DJJ Secretary Christina Daly. “By investing in the entirety of our system, from prevention all the way to aftercare, Governor Scott’s recommendations will solidify for now and the future both the strength and quality of the services provided to Florida’s children and their families.”

 

 

Highlights from Governor Scott’s “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget include:

 

$10.5 million to increase evidence-based interventions and services in residential commitment contracts as well as ensure capacity for youth adjudicated to non-secure and secure residential commitment programs.

 

$2.6 million to add workforce education and job placement services at existing day treatment and residential programs. This funding will provide workforce education and job placement for 500 youth in various programs in order to help them find employment, which makes them less likely to reoffend.

 

$4.7 million to expand evidence-based prevention programs. Effective prevention programs have been a critical component in reducing Florida’s juvenile arrest rate. This funding will increase public safety by providing prevention programming to additional youth.

 

$10 million to provide the necessary repairs and maintenance of detention, probation, and residential facilities. This funding will support security improvement and life safety projects, electrical upgrades, and ensure proper compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

 

What they are saying…

Stacy Gromatski, President and CEO of the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, said, “The Florida Network would like to thank Governor Scott for continuing to recognize the importance of investing in prevention services in our state. Having the ability to reach younger children, before they come into contact with the juvenile justice system, ensures not only a brighter future for them but strong families and communities overall.”

 

Mary Marx, President and CEO of the Pace Center for Girls, said, “On behalf of vulnerable girls in our state, we appreciate Governor Scott’s investment in prevention services in Florida. Under his leadership, more girls and young woman have access to education, counseling, and trauma informed services so that they can reach their full potential and successfully transition to adulthood.”

 

Cathy Craig-Myers, Executive Director of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association, said, “Governor Scott has been steadfast in his commitment to our state’s juvenile justice reform work and the ‘Fighting for Florida’s Future’ Budget is a reflection of that unwavering commitment. From the implementation of DJJ’s Roadmap to System Excellence several years ago to today, Florida has and will continue in the future to serve as a model juvenile justice system for the rest of the country.”

 

To view the complete list of Governor Scott’s budget recommendations, visit www.fightingforfloridasfuturebudget.com.

 

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1 Comment

  1. 1 Sean Dowis 21 Sep

    when a child is expelled from all schools  including summer classes and alternative schools, what options are available. How will it be funded. How will progress be monitored? Are Tutors going to be provided? Will funds be provided for expenses such as computers, Internet services, text books, printers, phone services, electricity, . Etc...? If the child is awaiting trial for felony charges , what are the possible outcomes if they are convicted? An the child be placed in residential for the duration of their expulsion if the parent request it due the the child's behavior problems, which may be a r silt of deep rooted mental health issues which have been developing since early child hood. Also, the child has displayed signs as f chemical addictions and a strong desire to participate in violent behavior. 

    To what extent will the Governor and his staff authorize or implement sanctions for the betterment of our society as American citizens NO CHILD IS LEFT BEHIND !?

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