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Secretary's Message

May 4, 2015

Secretary Daly’s Weekly Letter

I am always thrilled to read the stories shared about the great work of our staff and stakeholders happening across the state but am especially touched by the stories celebrating the success and accomplishments of the youth we serve through all of our programs. I find that too often people get trapped into thinking success is some grand accomplishment. In reality, success happens every day with the decision to move forward with determination and hard work.

The stories shared below are filled with those who have made that decision and inspire those yet to decide. I challenge you to follow in their footsteps and celebrate each and every success – even those successes that may appear less than grand.

And, remember to share your successes and good news with us; email news@djj.state.fl.us or call (850) 921-5900 by Thursday at noon.  


Christina K. Daly

Juvenile Justice Leadership Network 

Last week, I was honored to attend my first meeting as a member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network in Washington D.C.  The Juvenile Justice Leadership Network (JJLN), which is part of Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), was created to support juvenile justice and probation leaders at the state and local level who are engaged in significant reform efforts in their jurisdictions.  CJJR has been supporting juvenile justice reform efforts since its inception and in recent years has expanded its work through partnership with the Public Welfare Foundation (PWF) to develop the JJLN. 

Juvenile justice leaders from across the country, including the states of New York, Virginia, Michigan, Massachusetts, Idaho, California, Illinois, Kansas, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, come together through the JJLN to share their successes and ongoing challenges involved in their respective juvenile justice systems.  The JJLN supports some of the most innovative juvenile justice leadership in the country as they work to implement their reforms.  Important initiatives such as trauma-informed care, gender specific practices, and aftercare/reentry services were among the issues addressed.   

Legislative Update

In odd-numbered years, normal regular sessions of the Florida Legislature begin on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March and last for a period not to exceed 60 consecutive days. The 2015 Regular Legislative Session began as usual on March 3 and was slated to end 60 days later on May 1. In an unusual end to this year’s session, the House of Representatives adjourned Sine Die (ended session) on Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. – three days earlier than scheduled. The Florida Senate is scheduled to adjourn sine die at midnight on Friday, May 1.

The cause for this unusual end of session? Disagreements over the state’s budget and health care funding.

Legislators have agreed to come back to Tallahassee for a special session to address and set forth a budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16, which must be in place by June 30. To date, legislators have yet to agree to the timing for the special session.

This year, a total of 231 bills and resolutions passed both the Senate and House, equal to 13% of the 1754 bills filed. Of the bills filed, civil citation, direct file, juvenile records, detention cost share and treatment-based mental health courts were key issues for the Department of Juvenile Justice. Of these, only changes to the civil citation program were passed by both chambers and heads next to the Governor for action:

SB 378 (Garcia and Gibson) Relating to Juvenile Justice

Effective: October 1, 2015

SB 378 amends section 985.12, F.S., to authorize a law enforcement officer, upon making contact with a juvenile that admits to having committed a misdemeanor, to issue a simple warning, to inform the child’s parent or guardian of the infraction, or to issue a civil citation of require participation in a  similar diversion program. Under the bill, use of civil citation or similar diversion program is not limited to first-time offenses and may be used in up to two subsequent misdemeanor offenses (for a total of three issuances). The bill provides that if an arrest is made, a law enforcement officer must provide written documentation as to why an arrest was warranted. 

Residential Update

On Thursday, April 23, Office of Residential Services Assistant Secretary Laura Moneyham and Statewide Commitment Coordinator Michell McCarthy joined Residential Services Northeast Regional Deputy Director Billy Starke for the Northeast Regional Quarterly Program Directors’ Meeting at the Alachua Service Center.  Those who attended the meeting included the program directors and representatives from all of the residential commitment programs in the northeast region.  This productive meeting included discussions about program leadership, active supervision of youth, effective behavior management systems, normalizing the program environment, and developing competencies to ensure a safe environment for youth and staff.  Several programs were recognized for their achievements during annual quality improvement reviews, PREA audits, and for encouraging verbal de-escalation skills amongst their staff when addressing youth behavior.  In addition, Northeast Regional Commitment Chief Stuart Wolcott and G4S Regional Director Karl Knighten were recognized.  After 37 years of service to the State of Florida, Stuart will officially retire on May 31.  Congratulations, Stuart!  Thank you for your commitment, dedication and professionalism to the youth and citizens of the State of Florida. Karl was recognized for his oversight and leadership of three programs in the region that received satisfactory ratings in all quality improvement indicators during this review cycle.  Well done!

Shown left is Jacksonville Youth Academy Facility Administrator Joseph Shuler, receiving a certificate for the program’s quality improvement review from Billy Starke, Northeast Deputy Regional Director. 

Then on Monday, April 27, Laura and Michele attended the Northwest Regional Quarterly Program Directors’ Meeting hosted at the Panhandle Area Education Consortium (PAEC) office in Chipley.  Residential Services North Regional Director Mary Mills led the meeting, which included the program directors, assistant program directors, provider CEOs and COOs, probation chiefs from Circuits 1, 2 and 14, as well as residential operations and commitment staff from the northwest region.  There was a packed agenda and a packed house, which included several special guest speakers.   

The first guest speaker was Florida Operations Director for Eckerd Youth Services Project Bridge Ana Albrecht (shown left). Project Bridge provides juvenile justice transition services to youth returning to the Central and South Regions of the state upon graduation from residential commitment programs across the state.  These services help youth reintegrate from residential commitment to the home community through community partnerships with Paxen Learning Center, Home Builders Institute, Henkels & McCoy and others.  The mission is to provide support and stability to these youth and their families to increase their opportunities for success. 

Discussion also was held regarding transition planning while a youth is still in the residential commitment program, program participation in the community re-entry team meetings, and ensuring that the projected release date in JJIS for each youth is updated and accurate because of the many transition-planning activities that are based on that date.

The meeting also featured two girls from the JoAnn Bridges Academy (JBA), which is operated by Youth Services International, Inc.  JBA was featured as the quarter’s Program Spotlight.  The girls presented the behavior management system utilized at JBA, which includes seven levels of intervention that assist a young lady who is experiencing difficulty in choosing positive behaviors.  Both young ladies were well poised and well spoken.  They expressed their appreciation of the opportunity to present to the group and that they especially enjoyed the refreshments.

Shown above-JBA girls giving their presentation.

After the Program Spotlight, Assistant Secretary Moneyham discussed the use of tools that program staff have at their disposal to reduce physical interventions with youth in programs.  Statewide Commitment Manager Michele McCarthy discussed information related to requests for transfers and the new addendum to the transfer request form.  The final discussion of the meeting was with the Education Director Julie Orange and David Domenici from Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS), which focused on maximizing instructional time and providing educational services for all students in order to meet individually identified needs.  The discussion included new federal guidelines related to providing education to committed youth.

Shown above-David Domenici from CEEAS discusses the new federal guidelines for educational services provided to youth in juvenile justice settings. 

Occurring the first Wednesday of each month, the Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility (JRF), a high-risk program for males, ages 13 to 18, which is operated by G4S Youth Services, LLC, celebrates the residents who have excelled in areas of the program through its JRF Youth Awards Ceremony.  The areas of excellence include the Cleanest Room Award, the Medical Award, and the Dining Award. 

The case managers award certificates to those who have achieved certain levels the previous month.  The therapists award those youth who have shown the most progress in treatment for each group.  Those youth who did not receive a poor behavior report the entire month are presented the Doing All Positive Award and receive a special meal from Facility Administrator Paul Brown during the month.  Two special awards are given by staff members to the young men who have shown consistent progress and have gone above and beyond in all aspects of the program.  The Shining Star Award is given to the youth who has shown the most improvement in the program for the month.  The Spartan Award is given to the youth who has shown the most overall consistent progress in treatment, education, and behavior. 

The monthly awards ceremony involves pictures of each award recipient, holding their awards and standing with the staff member who nominated them for their awards.  These photos are displayed in areas throughout the facility.  All residents who receive an award during the awards ceremony enjoy a pizza party the night of the event as a reward for their hard work.  This is a great tradition for the program and it motivates the residents to stay on the right course. 

Pictured Above:  (Left) Youth receiving awards in the April Award Ceremony from Therapist Courtney Dixon.  (Right) Youth receiving “Doing All Positive” awards.

Just in time for spring, the Champions from the Miami Youth Academy (MYA), a non-secure program for males, ages 14 to 18, which is operated by G4S Youth Services, LLC, learned all about gardening for butterflies from Miami-Dade County Master Gardeners Toby Davidow and Steve Rawlins.  In conjunction with Miami-Dade County Schools science and vocational components, the Master Gardeners presented to all MYA Champions the butterfly life cycle and the plan to develop a butterfly garden on the southwest side of the campus. 

This is the first-ever butterfly garden on the campus grounds.  The boys learned the construction and elements needed to create the garden and why it is environmentally important.  The 15 residents selected for participation in the creation of the garden were chosen based on individual risk assessments, personal interests, and transition status. 

This project was made possible through a partnership with and support from Miami-Dade County Schools, under Principal Steve Payne’s leadership with Mrs. Davidow and Mr. Rawlins.  Under the guidance of Clinical Services Director Eduardo Alvarez with assistance from Therapist Deanna Rogers, almost every resident has cycled through the garden project to gain first-hand experience and knowledge of different butterflies and gardening. 

Shown left, each MYA Champion gardener wears a sun hat, a special shirt, and gloves.  They are listening to the Master Gardeners explain the layout of the butterfly garden and the care needed when digging in order to avoid pipes and wires.

After demonstrating listening skills and teamwork, the work of the Champions netted visitors!  Shown above is a Monarch butterfly. The MYA boys continue weekly work in the development and maintenance of the Butterfly Garden in addition to the continued progress of the vegetable garden located on the west of the campus. 

During Spring Break, the MYA Facility Administrator Johnny Richardson challenged the staff, volunteers, and students to connect the dots of history, cultures, and social graces, and business.  The result was to host a tea party in celebration of National Women’s History Month and Irish Heritage Month while learning about the conventions of a tea party.  

The serving of tea and the etiquette of a tea party were taught to all of the residents by the staff with an emphasis on manners and processes.  Most of the young men embraced the opportunity to dress for this special occasion by wearing suits, dress shirts, and ties.  Along the way, the boys learned new skills such as how to iron a dress shirt, how to wear a necktie, how to wear a suit, and how to shake hands when meeting someone new. 

The tea party included lessons about the processes involved in the making and serving of tea, the history of the biscuit and pastries, and the proper way to serve and eat such delicacies.

This event fostered expanded social skills and knowledge of a global custom.  Traditional tea parties are part of the culture of various organizations and social groups. 

The original tea party began as an “afternoon tea” by royal Britain’s Anna, the Duchess of Bedford.  Anna started drinking tea and eating light refreshments when she became hungry in the afternoons, since it was typical to eat only breakfast and dinner at that time in Britain.  She began inviting friends to join her and soon the afternoon tea tradition was born.  Usually served between 3 and 5 p.m., afternoon tea (sometimes referred to as “low tea”) is very different from “high tea,” during which a more hearty meal was eaten at the end of a work day, around 5:30 or 6 p.m., by working classes.  [SOURCE:  http://www.teavana.com/tea-info/tea-party-history-etiquette, 4/29/2015, 11:00 A.M. (EDT)]  For the etiquette of the tea party, please visit the Internet link provided.

Special thanks go to those who made this social skills and history exercise possible:  Ms. Judy Ventos, community advocate and friend of Dade Juvenile Residential Facility (JRF) and MYA; Dade JRF Facility Administrator John Fletcher; Ms. Brockington, MYA Dietary Services Manager; Clinical Services Director Eduardo Alvarez; Therapist Deanna Rogers; Transition Services Manager McInnis; and Ms. Gonzalez, LMHC.

This event was a prerequisite for the young men who wish to participate in the many formal affairs hosted by MYA, such as dinners to foster social growth.  The MYA Youth Council and MYA Champions are planning a special, invitation only, Mother’s Day weekend formal dinner.

Also in March, two fraternities from the Florida International University visited the young men of MYA.  Members of the Tau Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and the Omicron Chi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities shared their views on education, answered questions about the college experience, and explained the role of a fraternity, how to become a member, and the benefits of membership.  Both fraternities discussed the origins of the Greek fraternal orders, what it means to be a member, and some of the qualifications to become a member.  They also shared some personal stories of being from single-parent homes, having difficult childhoods, and the positive role that being a fraternity brother has played in their lives.

Prevention Update

More than 60 employees from Publix grocery stores around Pasco County took time to give back to the community by volunteering with the PACE Center for Girls of Pasco in New Port Richey. Publix employees gave their time to help the Center with some much needed TLC. The Publix employees painted two classrooms, painted a storage closet, installed shelving, painted over 50 lockers for the girls to use, and landscaped the lawn. The Center recently moved to this location and needed help getting everything nice for the girls and staff.

On April 23rd, Faith Leaders in Circuit 2 came together for a meeting at the Leon County Detention Center in Tallahassee. During the meeting, Dustin Daniels, Chief of Staff for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum spoke to the attendees about the Mayor’s Family First Initiative as well as the Youth Summer Jobs Program, where it is anticipated that more than 100 jobs will be created for area youth. The Family First Agenda will include: improved quality and affordable childcare for all, family friendly workplace and culture, greater community investments in children and families and resources and training for parents and families. Through the Family First Agenda and other initiatives, Mayor Gillum plans to build on the great work of the child-focused organizations in the Tallahassee community to more boldly drive change and move the city toward a more nurturing and dynamic place for children and families to prosper.

Others attending the meeting included: Pastor Gary and Josephine Montgomery, Living Stones International; Elizabeth Phillips, DJJ Circuit 2 Reform Specialist; Angela Whitaker, Faith Network Liaison, Mayor’s Office; Zackary Gibson, Chief Child Advocate and Director, Office of Adoption and Children, Executive Office of the Governor; and Verla Lawson-Grady, DJJ Community Engagement Coordinator.

Recently, North Carolina Outward Bound School’s Scottsmoor FINS program received a $5,000 grant from the eBay Foundation’s Central Florida GIVE team.

A young lady by the name of Aspen Coliflower participated in an Outward Bound FINS course last fall and completed the program with honors in October 2014.  Her mom, Lisa, was so grateful for the experience and the impact it had on their family that she nominated the Outward Bound FINS program for a grant through her employer, eBay Enterprises.

During the program’s semi-annual staff training, Lisa and Aspen joined the staff at the Scottsmoor basecamp to present the $5,000 check. It was inspiring for the staff to hear Lisa and Aspen talk about the impact the Outward Bound FINS program has had on them, to see Aspen’s excitement as she reconnected with her instructors (Casey Hagg, Ariana Wermer-Colon, and Rachael Vaughan), and to hear Aspen’s goal of attending college for theatre and being an Outward Bound instructor when she is old enough!  Lisa also shared an inspirational message for the staff: “You guys really changed my daughter’s life and changed ours. I want to thank each of you for what you do.  Each and every one of you – keep doing what you’re doing every day because you changed our lives, and I know you’re changing lives on every course you go on.”   

The grant will enable the Outward Bound program to purchase new camping equipment.

Detention Update

Former NFL player Santo Stephens, who is now the president and founder of Life’s Work, LLC, made a visit to the Brevard Regional Juvenile Detention Center (BRJDC) last week to teach our youth about life skills and leadership. Santo is a certified life coach and professional development trainer and travels around the country to speak about his career in football and his life learning experiences. Santo has a passion connecting with people on a personal level, and demonstrated his leadership and commitment to the community by serving as youth speaker for both the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action.

After graduating with a degree in Communications from Temple University, Santo played with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1994 and with the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 where he holds the distinction of making their first tackle in franchise history. 

The trauma-informed transformation is underway at Okaloosa Regional Juvenile Detention Center (ORJDC).  The ORJDC was recently renovated due to flooding and both staff and youth have been hard at work revamping the facility. They are truly making the environment more child friendly!

I am delighted to share with you this picture of JDO Derrick Cason from the Brevard RJDC. This picture was posted on Facebook by the Pixel Fund which provides the animals for our Teens Assisting Puppies Program. The ten week old puppy is named Cason, in honor of Sargent Cason, and is currently up for adoption. 

Probation Update

Last week,  the SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) boys group completed session 10 of their 13 week group cycle which included a visit to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.  This was a collaboration of many that resulted in an amazing experience for everyone who participated, but most importantly the boys who are participating in the SNAP group.  A special thanks goes out to Deputy Edwards who coordinated this memorable visit for our boys.  He was a SNAP facilitator during our last group cycle and is currently providing support for this SNAP boys group cycle by assisting the SNAP team with any weekly needs that may arise. 

Deputy Morris provided the boys with a brief overview of what the role is for a Leon County Sheriff in the community and also how they function as a School Resource Officer.  She also discussed all of the tools on her tool belt but stated that her most important tool is how she talks to and treats people with respect.      

From far left to right:  Sgt Steve Woodcock, SWAT Team; Deputy Jennifer Morris, LCSO; Lauren Maldonado, Statewide Reform Coordinator; Gloria Gatlin, GOC Prevention; Elizabeth Phillips, Circuit 2 Reform Specialist; Lauren Floyd, GOC II Probation; and Deputy Adam Bragg, K-9 LCSO 

Deputy Bragg then led the boys outside for a discussion on how the K-9’s are trained and used for service.  Sgt. Brian Pearson was able to answer any questions from the boys while Deputy Loki, the German Shepard K-9 showed off his skills for them.  Sgt. Woodcock allowed the group to sit inside of the Bear Cat located above and explained all of its special features that allow the SWAT Team to protect our community and keep our citizens safe.  Deputy Edwards then gave the boys a tour of the facility where they got to see the location of where all the “top secret” evidence is stored. 

While the boys were able to participate in this informative and exciting opportunity, their parents were on-site with our SNAP Parent Facilitators Abigail Novak, Gubernatorial Fellow for Probation and Chioma Diala also with Probation.  The parent’s session 10 was also an interactive success where they were able to learn and practice a problem-solving tool to help decrease conflict and power struggles in the home or school.    The boys were encouraged to actively participate and ask questions, which they did every chance they could!  The boys were very engaged during all of the demonstrations and three of them talked about how they would like to be involved in law enforcement when they become adults.  This was truly a positive experience for the families involved in SNAP and a great time had by all!

The Collier County Probation Screening Unit received this letter of gratitude from one of their interns who recently completed her Spring internship on April 9. 

Circuit 20 JPO Krista Cochran and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office worked with Laces of Love last week to provide new shoes for needy kids. The youth pictured in the photo to the right had his cleats and football gear stolen from him by documented gang members after the football season. He was told that he needed to have cleats this week for the start of Spring practice, but didn’t have the money to purchase them. That’s when Krista reached out to Laces of Love. The organization was able to provide the youth with new cleats, sneakers, slides, mouth guard, gloves, and other clothing items to outfit him for a successful season.


Last Saturday, Reform Specialist Lut Clarcq from Circuit 20 partnered with the State Attorney’s Office and Victim Services for the Annual Kate Bryson Memorial Walk and Butterfly Release as a part of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week presented by the Victim Services Coalition. The event was open to the public and affords victim service providers, allied professionals, and concerned community members an opportunity to reflect on the history of crime victim’s rights, the many obstacles already overcome, and the new challenges that require new solutions. At the event, there were designated tables showing pictures of their loved-one for remembrance. The vision of the National Crime Victim’s Rights Week is to raise the public’s consciousness and generate media awareness about the impact of crimes on individuals, families and communities in order to promote and strengthen programs, public policy, and services that support victim justice. It is to remember the pain and suffering of crime victims by honoring them and publicly recognizing their losses and by reminding all Americans that victims of crime can be people they know and love.  Lut also met and had a great dialogue with Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott (shown left) at the event.  

Recently, JPOs Faith Anderson, Irma Melendez, April Renton, and Reform Specialist Melinda Wesley-Nelson from Circuit 9 participated in the “Texas Avenue Community Clean-Up”. The event was sponsored by the residents of Texas Avenue and their surrounding areas, the Orange County Government Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization Division, and Orange County Commissioner Victoria P. Siplin. Our DJJ staff accompanied several probationary youth who earned valuable community service hours for their hard work during the clean-up.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Denise Devlin to the position of Chief Probation Officer for Circuit 18 covering Brevard and Seminole Counties. Ms. Devlin has been employed in state government for approximately 33 years. She has worked in the area of juvenile justice since 1992 serving as a Senior Probation officer, Supervisor and Program Administrator. She has served as the Assistant Chief Probation Officer in Circuit 18 since 2005. Her knowledge and expertise in juvenile probation is extensive.  Ms. Devlin has been very involved in department initiatives, community partnerships and established strong relationships with stakeholders and providers. Please join us in welcoming and supporting her as Chief Probation Officer Dan Rodgers retires. 

On April 23rd,  Central Region Probation recognized Chief Probation Officer Dan Rodgers, Chief Probation Officer Jennifer Haynes, Assistant Chief Probation Officer Sandra Pinkney and Fiscal Liaison Tom Connors for their commitment to excellence, hard work and innovative leadership during their years of service to the State of Florida. Central Region Director Cathy Lake talked about their individual accomplishments and presented each one with a token of our appreciation for their tireless efforts in support of Central Region Probation. 

On April 24th, Circuit 18 held a retirement luncheon for Dan Rodgers, Chief Probation Officer Circuit 18 and Patti Gressett, Juvenile Probation Officer Supervisor Circuit 18.  Both individuals are retiring from the Department of Juvenile Justice on April 30, 2015.  Dan Rodgers has been with the Department for 18 years and held the position of Chief Probation Officer for the last five years.  Prior to that, he had been the Assistant Chief Probation Officer for Circuit 19 for over eight years.  Patti Gressett has worked for the department for over 37 years and has been the JPO Supervisor for the same probation unit in Brevard County for over 16 years.  Both have distinguished themselves in their service to the State of Florida and the youth of Brevard and Seminole County, and we wish them a happy retirement!

Circuit 11 Probation recently held their STEP graduation/Youth Success Week celebration. Four of our STEP group youth were honored for outstanding participation in group sessions, community service events, and compliance with court ordered sanctions. The youth received certificates, stringed book bags, 25 dollar gift cards, and two exceptional youth received travel bags. The night was concluded with a spaghetti dinner and everyone that participated had a wonderful time. Congratulations to the successful youth of Circuit 11!

During their Youth Success Week, Circuit 11 also honored one of their youth who is a true success!  Youth K.J. entered the juvenile justice system at the age of 13. In April of last year, at the age of 15, he was committed to a non-secure commitment program and earned his release from the program.  He also successfully completed AMIkids which was so impressed with his outstanding behavior and grades that he earned a scholarship from them to assist with college.  At 16 years old, K.J. has since returned to regular school and is on target to graduate from high school next year.  The unit celebrated his success by hosting a lunch for him and his mother.  For his outstanding success, he was presented with a certificate and a gift card for the Nike store in addition to an encouraging card signed by the unit staff. K.J. expressed gratitude and felt confident that he is well on his way to a brighter future.

From left to right: JPO’s Jose Rivera, Christina Fiebeck, K.J. mother, Michelle Johnson, SRJPO, K.J., Melissa Berroa, JPOS, Curtis Bycofski, SRJPO

Circuit 11 Probation and Detention leadership recently met to strategize electronic monitoring protocols to ensure effective and secure service delivery.  Superintendent Daryl Wolf and Chief Probation Officer Frank Manning along with their key staff discussed and refined their EM protocols for the Circuit. Probation and Detention have a great working relationship in Circuit 11 and routinely collaborate to ensure the best possible services are delivered.  Justice, the Detention Service Dog, was on hand to keep the meeting focused.  

On April 14th , Circuit 17 Probation & Community Intervention Services and AMIkids Greater Fort Lauderdale proudly hosted “Youth Success Day 2015”. The event honored youth that successfully completed AMIkids program.  Inspirational speaker, Pastor Michael K. Anderson presented the topic of “Empowering our Youth to Make the Right Decisions”.  The impact of peer association and obtaining a good education were also covered.  The audience consisted of staff, parents, youth, and various community providers that work collaboratively to make a positive impact on the youth that we serve.  Chief Probation Officer Cassandra Evans, AMI Executive Director Luis Ceruti, JPOS Stacey Dunkel, Pastor Michael Anderson, Reform Specialist Tina Robinson, JPO Adrea Hightower, JPO Felicia Daniels, and SJPO Andrice Holley (pictured below) ensured that the event was a huge success! 

Recently, the City of Miramar Police Department along with Circuit 17 DJJ Probation participated in a community outreach project.  These two agencies have had a long standing partnership in order to help provide youth with a second chance in society.  The youth involved in the project were able to earn community service hours by conducting a clean-up in the neighborhood. The project was a huge success.

Staff Development and Training Update

Click here to read a DJJ memorandum regarding SkillPro Billing.

 Kudos to Learning Consultant Kiva Hagans!  SD&T leadership recently received the following message acknowledging her outstanding service from DJJ Data Integrity Officer Jeff Clarcq.

I was in leadership training with Kiva Hagans last week and just wanted you to know how impressed I was. She was excellent with the curriculum, knowledgeable, kept a high pace, was passionate, and got staff moving and participating. She was very positive/upbeat all week, and redirected any negative comments with a positive perspective. Again, very impressed—you have a talented trainer there!

DJJ SD&T Deputy Director Cina Wilson Johnson

Congratulations to Deputy Director Cina Wilson Johnson on her recent nomination for a Florida Juvenile Justice Association Service Excellence Award! Cina has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of juvenile justice during which she has worked to improve outcomes for both children and staff.

Don’t forget to register for the upcoming 2015 Adolescent Conference!

The conference offers the opportunity to share and showcase proven prevention, intervention and treatment practices, disseminate knowledge into practice, and discuss implementation of effective strategies. Over the years we have included noted researchers, national experts, treatment providers, community leaders and others, to share findings of effectiveness in adolescent care.

Workshops have included stress management, suicide prevention/bullying, intervening with gang-involved youth, faith based collaborations, incorporating e-technologies, cross-over youth, decreasing youth violence, building successful partnerships, sex trafficking of minors, family violence, detention alternatives, gender specific programming, the adolescent brain and many others. The conference theme will integrate plenary sessions and workshops together with exhibits and networking opportunities to provide attendees with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills and to improve adolescent services. To register for the conference, click here.