1 Florida Fiscal Year Department 2009-10. of Juvenile Annual Report Justice Fiscal Year 2009-10 has been a year in which the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has continued to find better ways to serve the youth and families of the state of Florida . Overall delinquency referrals continue to drop and we continue to expand the implementation of evidence-based programming proven, through academic research, to reduce the likelihood of the youth returning to the Juvenile Justice system. REACH. THEM. TEACH. THEM. WATCH. THEM. SUCCEED. Charlie Crist, Governor Frank Peterman, Jr., Secretary Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 2 Annual Report FY2009-10. Table of Contents Message from the Secretary 5.
2 Agency Overview ..7. Executive Summary 8. 09-10 Agency Accomplishments 9. Prevention and Victim Services 13. Detention Services 14. Residential Commitment Services 16. Probation and Community Intervention 18. Educational Services . 20. Health Services .. 21. Executive Direction and Support ..23. Goals and Key Outcomes .. 26. Achievements and Highlights 33. Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation, Inc.. 45. The Future .. 46. Key Contacts .. 47. Additional information about program performance can be found in the Comprehensive Accountability Report (CAR), found at Owing to different report deadlines and ongoing research, some data in this Annual Report may vary slightly from data in the CAR.
3 Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 3 Annual Report FY2009-10. Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 4 Annual Report FY2009-10. Message from Secretary Frank Peterman, Jr. I am pleased to present the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 's FY2009-10 Annual Report, which highlights the year's major activities and outlines many of the accomplishments and strategic initiatives undertaken by each office and program area. It is a snapshot in time of the work put forth by our DJJ family as we emphasize efforts aimed at preventing children from entering the Juvenile Justice system. Throughout FY2009-10, the Department continued to experience funding challenges due to economic conditions across the state and the country.
4 However, DJJ and private provider staff remain steadfast in their shared commitment to the children we care for each day. We continued to facilitate innovative and effective strategies to keep pace with the needs and priorities of at-risk youth in Florida . I am confident that DJJ will carry on its efforts to offer the best services possible for children and families we serve. Our motto, Our Children, Our Future! remains at the forefront of all that we do here at DJJ. Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 5 Annual Report FY2009-10. Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 6 Annual Report FY2009-10. Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Mission To increase public safety by reducing Juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention, and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth.
5 Vision The children and families of Florida will live in safe, nurturing communities that provide for their needs, recognize their strengths, and support their success. Core Values Provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children Prevention and education are paramount Strengthen partnerships with judicial, legislative and community stakeholders Promote public safety through effective intervention Preserve and restore physical and mental health Department of Juvenile Justice Detention 2009-10 Operating Budget $133,400,954 Prevention 22% $58,702,235. 9%. Executive Probation Residential $145,872,110 $27,597,840 $253,623,471. 24% 4% 41%. Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 7 Annual Report FY2009-10.
6 Executive Summary FY2009-10 has been an exciting year for the Department . Statewide delinquency referrals have reduced by 15% from last year. The overall number of youth entering the DJJ system continues to decrease. The number of youth waiting in detention centers for placement in an appropriate residential facility is the lowest in all of DJJ's history. School referrals are down 9% from this same time last fiscal year. In addition, we continue to work closely with our community partners to create alternatives to detention so youth don't enter the Juvenile Justice system. This Annual Report shows continued progress resulting from the implementation of the Department 's Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2008-09 through 2011-12.
7 Just following this Executive Summary is a listing of some of the agency accomplishments highlighted this year for the Governor's Office. While this list is not all inclusive, it provides examples of the great things the Department is doing to turn around the lives of the children and families we serve. These accomplishments not only provide support for the youth while in our care, but help them as they transition back into their community. DJJ's successes and achievements are a tribute to the many employees, stakeholders, providers, and community partners that are committed to improving the lives of youth in our State. Working together we have been able to have a positive impact on the Juvenile Justice system.
8 Each person should be proud of their contributions to the successes reflected in this Annual Report that help make the Department 's vision that much more a reality. Executive Leadership Team, August 2010. Our Children, Our Future Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 8 Annual Report FY2009-10. 2009-10 Agency Accomplishments DJJ Youth Receive Pool and Spa Technician' Certification and a Future Employability Opportunity The Dozier School in North Florida (a DJJ-operated Residential site) and the Washington County School District partnered to provide a course for Pool and Spa Technician certification through a training institute via an on-line program. Four youth were awarded funding to participate in this program from the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation, the non-profit, direct-support organization of DJJ.
9 Certification in this Pool and Spa Technician course is good for five years and provides a wonderful employment opportunity for the youth upon their release. DJJ Gender Responsive Program Initiative is Launched The DJJ Gender Responsive Program Initiative has been launched statewide with a webinar. The presentation included a brief overview of the Girl Matters curriculum, upon which the DJJ. initiative will be based. The curriculum's tools were provided as a resource for DJJ's Residential providers (and for our own DJJ-operated sites) to utilize as they continually assess the current state of programs; this DJJ initiative is to lay a foundation and improve on what already has been integrated into program operations for gender responsive training.
10 The Girl Matters . curriculum is the cornerstone of the new DJJ Gender Responsive Program Initiative. A DJJ- facilitated workgroup will hold monthly conference calls or videoconferencing. Ongoing support and technical assistance will be provided through the National Council on Crime and Delinquency's National Center for Girls and Young Women. The Girl Matters' Train the Trainer curriculum has been offered to all female residential programs, and many residential providers sent program and/or corporate representatives. DJJ managers in Residential, Detention, Office of Health Services, and the Office of Staff Development &Training are working in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders by encouraging and supporting our girl-serving programs.