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Secretary's Messages


  • Dr. Gayla Sumner from the Office of Health Services also attended the 9th Annual Models for Change National Working Conference, presented by the MacArthur Foundation, in Washington, D.C. December 15-16.
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  • I wish to reiterate my joy and excitement at the opportunity to lead this agency as Governor Scott begins his second term. There is no more important mission than helping the children of Florida to become successful adults. As we enter this most joyous holiday season, my greatest thanks to all the staff of DJJ and our many providers and stakeholders for making this agency the best that it can be. I know the new year will be one we can all look forward to as we continue this very important work.
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  • As I travel the state, families tell me over and over that they care about three things: getting a great job, a quality education, and keeping the cost of living low- and with the help of our dedicated public servants, that’s what we have focused on.
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  • Last Monday, we welcomed Governor Rick Scott for a visit to DJJ Headquarters here in Tallahassee. Governor Scott thanked DJJ employees for their hard work over the last four years, and challenged all of us to put the same effort and dedication into the next four years.
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  • I am sincerely grateful for the hard work and steadfast dedication to this agency from those who work in juvenile justice across the state and I am proud to share every week the great work occurring here at the Department of Juvenile Justice and that of our partners.
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  • On Monday, I made several staff and site visits in Central Florida. Monday morning Central Regional Detention Director Cathy Lake and I visited the Orange RJDC where we met with Superintendent Jeff Lonton and his Assistant Superintendents Roosevelt Butler and Larry Eason. Jeff provided us with a tour of the facility and introduced us to his hardworking staff.
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  • On Friday, I was honored to participate in the Trauma Informed Care event at the Betty Easley Conference Center in Tallahassee. As many of you already know, Trauma Informed Care is an approach for engaging those with a history of trauma which recognizes those symptoms of trauma and acknowledges the role it plays in their lives.
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  • Florida’s public servants have been working hard to improve our great state, and we are excited to see their hard work pave the way for Florida families and private-sector businesses to succeed.
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  • This past week, members of the Annie E. Casey Foundation staff made a visit to DJJ Headquarters in Tallahassee to discuss ongoing technical assistance provided by the Casey Foundation to the agency.
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  • On Thursday and Friday, I was honored to be a part of the 2014 Human Trafficking Summit on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa. Our agency was well represented along with members from the Department of Children and Families, Department of Health, Department of Economic Opportunity, as well as United States Congressman David Jolly.
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  • Last Monday I attended the Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court in West Palm Beach. The Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court works diligently to encourage and facilitate family court efforts by establishing a fully integrated, comprehensive approach to handling all cases involving children and families.
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  • On Tuesday, Mark Greenwald and I were honored to join Director of the Missouri Children’s Division Tim Decker for a panel discussion, “Kids Not Inmates: reforming Juvenile Justice,” held at the University of Florida Law School in Gainesville.
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  • On Monday and Tuesday, the Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement Project (JJSIP) rolled out in Circuit 1, with a meeting of the stakeholders from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties on Monday and training for the DJJ probation and commitment staff for all of Circuit 1 on Tuesday.
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  • On Monday, I attended a recognition breakfast in honor of Florida Missing Children’s Day on the 22nd floor of the Capitol Building. Celebrating its 15th year, Florida Missing Children’s Day brings parents, children, law enforcement officers, and citizens together to remember Florida's missing children who are still missing and those who will never come home again.
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  • Last Friday I was excited to accompany Assistant Secretary for Probation Tim Niermann and other DJJ staff members on a tour of the newly opened Goodwill Prosperity Center in Tallahassee.
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  • We recently announced that in the upcoming legislative session we will propose an increase in Florida’s per-pupil spending to the highest level in our state’s history.
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  • Last weekend I was honored to speak at the Florida Youth Commission’s Annual Retreat at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Center in Midway. The Youth Commission is comprised of youth leaders statewide who advise the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet of key issues facing our youth.
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  • I was honored to give the welcome address congratulating the newest class of juvenile probation officers (JPOs) in a ceremony today at DJJ Headquarters in Tallahassee. JPOs ensure youth comply with court requirements and assist teens and their families in accessing services that support the youths’ success, such as counseling and skills development.
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  • The Florida Human Trafficking Summit announces the call for nominations for the 2014 Human Trafficking Prevention Awards.
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