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Special Session Ends. Preparations Underway for Early Next Session

Complementing the never-ending heat in Tallahassee is the feeling that we have a year-round Legislature in town.  The reason? In 2015, it mostly is a year-round Legislature.  Special Session ended on Friday, June 19.  Committee hearings for the upcoming session start the week of September 16, about 80 days away. Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday signed the FY 2015-16 budget of $78.2 billion only four days after it was presented to him, used his line item veto power to the tune of $461 million, and appeared to set the stage for renewed conflict with the Florida Senate in the process....

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Civil Citation and Juvenile Records – The Next Step

Providing law enforcement officers expanded discretion to issue civil citations to more youth committing misdemeanors was absolutely the right thing to do.  The Children’s Campaign congratulates the elected officials, especially Sen. Garcia (R-Hialeah), Sen. Gibson (D-Jacksonville), Rep. Clarke-Reed (D-Pompano Beach) and Rep. Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg), citizens, faith based leaders and advocacy groups who worked together to pass SB 378 this year. Without question, civil citations are effective in preventing youth from becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.  The impact of not having an arrest record is realized to even a greater degree in the future when doors of...

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Some Children’s Bills Survive, Some Die

As reported in multiple media outlets, the contentious debate between the Chambers about Medicaid expansion and Low Income Pool (LIP) funding imploded. A budget has not been passed, and multiple important bills were left to die. A Special Session of the Legislature is proposed to convene on June 1, ostensibly enough time to finalize a budget before the June 30th deadline, but at present the gulf that exists is wide and deep. The Children’s Campaign will keep you advised on new developments in the ongoing budget saga. The pall cast by the Medicaid expansion fight can be felt across issues,...

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‘First of its Kind’ Girl-Centered Practice Training Launched

The Children’s Campaign congratulates the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and our affiliate, Voices for Florida, for the recent launch of the Girl-Centered Practice Continuing Education Program through the University of North Florida (UNF). This innovative training program is considered the first of its kind in the nation. According to Linda Alexionok, president of Voices for Florida, who conceptualized the program, the rationale for this unprecedented training initiative was the gap in educational training opportunities for individuals who work with girls, specifically girls in the juvenile justice or child protection systems or those whose experiences place them at-risk for involvement with...

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Child Welfare: More to Know and More to Fix

The More You Know” is a series of public service ads that have aired on NBC since 1989. The premise is simple – knowledge is power. The more the public knows about an issue, the greater likelihood of personal engagement, better decision-making, and making a difference. Florida’s child welfare system would be better off if making a similar and transforming commitment.  Consider the reasons for doing it differently: Less than 10%   ̶  only one out of 13   ̶  Critical Incident Rapid Response Team (CIRRT) reports have been posted to the child fatality website for 2015. Report findings are...

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Children and Seniors Take the Capitol

It was a very interesting week at the capitol in regards to “Awareness Days”. On Tuesday, a few hundred children – who appeared to outnumber the adults – gathered in the courtyard for Children’s Day.  On Wednesday, a vastly greater number of older citizens packed the same bricked area for Seniors Day. Children’s Day provided beautiful photo ops: smiling kids straining to see the historic capitol, booths of service providers, and vibrant children’s handprints hanging inside from the rotunda. Seniors Day brought covered meters restricting parking for blocks, offsite shuttles delivering large numbers of the voting public attending, and coordinated...

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The Beginning of Many Happy Endings

Second Chances as American as Apple Pie As Americans, we love to hear inspiring stories about deserving individuals who get a second chance at success. After all, since America is a land founded on the ideal of a new beginning, it’s in our DNA to sympathize with those given another shot at success. Inspiring Story in Daly’s Weekly Letter Perhaps that’s why The Children’s Campaign staff looks forward to reading Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christy Daly’s Weekly Letter, which showcases accomplishments of agency staff, providers and youth in care. In a recent edition, a probationary youth’s success story...

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Child Abuse Death Review Finds Systemic Issues

On Thursday, Mike Carroll, Secretary of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) addressed the Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs committee about recent child abuse deaths. The presentation focused on the recent tragic death of a 3 year-old Seminole Indian boy. In his short life, the young boy had multiple interactions with the child welfare system. He had several placements, and numerous calls to the Abuse Hotline on his behalf.  In his presentation, Secretary Carroll said that the Critical Incident Rapid Response Team (CIRRT) report would show that there were signs that this child was being physically abused, but...

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Surgeon General’s Confirmation Delayed

Senate Health Policy Committee Questions Go Unanswered In Florida, the Senate must confirm gubernatorial appointments of executive branch agency heads.  On Tuesday, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary and Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong appeared before the Senate Health Policy Committee. Some political observers and media are saying that Armstrong faced intense questioning primarily due to the actions of his boss, Governor Scott.  The previous day, Scott flip-flopped regarding Medicaid expansion and the budget crisis caused by the announced federal interruption of low-income pool (LIP) dollars.  Scott’s latest position now aligns him with the House and not the Senate. While...

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Carrot, Stick, Unequal Justice

An old adage suggests two alternatives exist to motivate change depending on the circumstances – sometimes use a carrot and sometimes a stick. Civil citation allows juveniles to receive a warning, diversion program or other option rather than being arrested for a misdemeanor offense. Last year 13,000 Florida juveniles did not have the option of being issued a civil citation. This was based solely on their place of residence as not all communities participate in the program. Senator Garcia (R-Hialeah) filed SB 378 that attempted to expand civil citation with a mandate – the “stick”. The bill would have changed...

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