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SD&T Learns from FJJA

Cathy Craig-Myers, executive director of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association (FJJA), joined SD&T’s full team meeting on June 11, 2015, as a special guest. Craig-Myers thanked SD&T for its outstanding support during the 2015 Adolescent Conference. She shared her hopes for forging an even stronger partnership with SD&T, discussed continuing DJJ/FJJA shared interests and gave an overview of the history of the relationship between the two.

 

“I am most proud of the FJJA’s relationship with DJJ,” said Craig-Myers. FJJA and its members are highly engaged with SD&T in the Protective Action Response (PAR) Intervention Model Reengineering Project and the Training Advisory Council. “We are both focused on a few key questions: What do kids need? What does staff need to serve them? And how do we do that?” Craig-Myers believes there are opportunities to collaborate further on provider-oriented training topics, such as Building Communities of Support and How to Manage a Budget. She wants provider staff to access DJJ training and add value by creating training to share with DJJ.

 

Director Denny Clark reported that the recent SD&T audit by the Inspector General’s Office resulted in success, with DJJ Chief of Staff Fred Schuknecht commenting, “that’s the way an audit should go.” He also identified a few priorities for SD&T that he and Schuknecht recently discussed:

  • PAR Intervention Model Reengineering Project
  • Leadership Micro Learning Pilot Program
  • Succession planning

 

SD&T Deputy Director Cina Wilson Johnson suggested that providers may have an opportunity to obtain soft skills training if probation and detention academies are blended – a concept which is currently under consideration.

 

FJJA formed in 1993, the same year DJJ was created, to offer juvenile justice providers a platform for common interests and a unified voice to communicate with the agency. The profile of the FJJA members has kept pace with the evolution of the agency’s mission and focus. Whereas the original membership consisted primarily of residential providers, now most FJJA members provide community-based services. Traditionally, SD&T served FJJA member organizations via the residential officer certification academy. However, as the profile of DJJ services has changed, SD&T has eliminated the residential academies, leaving residential providers with the responsibility for ensuring their staff is trained.

 

FJJA’s annual Adolescent Conference is a hub for learning and information for child-serving organizations in Florida. Over the event’s 20-year history, it has become respected as a premier educational opportunity for juvenile justice professionals, offering a variety of continuing education credits on high-need and cutting-edge topics.

 

Craig-Myers has served as FJJA’s executive director for nine years. She brings considerable strategic planning and organizational development skills to her work, and has a background in workforce development.

 

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