Florida Children and Youth Cabinet

Florida Children and Youth Cabinet
Name of Coordinating Body: Florida Children and
Youth Cabinet
Administrative Home: Florida Department of
Children and Families
Staffing: The Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child
Protection, along with the Department of Children
and Families, are tasked with providing
administrative support and service to the Cabinet.
Funding: Initiatives identified by the cabinet seek
funding through the legislature. Governor’s Office of
Adoption and Child Protection receives an allocation
of $150,000 from state general revenue funds to
support staffing.
Membership: The members of the Children and
Youth Cabinet consist of a chairman, the secretaries
of the Department of Children and Families, the
Department of Juvenile Justice and the Agency for
Health Care Administration, as well as the directors
of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the
Office of Early Learning. Other members include the
State Surgeon General, the Commissioner of
Education, the director of the Guardian ad Litem
Office, the director of the Governor’s Office of
Adoption and Child Protection, and a superintendent
of schools. The Governor or his/her designee serves
as the chair of the Cabinet. Additionally, the
Governor appoints five members from around the
state who are representatives of children and youth
advocacy organizations, but who are not service
providers. Rounding out the Cabinet are ex-officio
members named in statute, or their designees
representing the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme
Court, the Chief Financial Officer, the Attorney
General, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker
of the House of Representatives.
standing committees that directly support the
mission and goals set forth by the Cabinet: Policy
Impact, Best Practices and Delivery of Services,
Communications, Budget and Resources and
Year & Method of Establishment: On July 11, 2007,
the Governor signed Florida Statute 402.56 that
created the Children and Youth Cabinet. The Cabinet
is charged with promoting and implementing
collaboration, creativity, increased efficiency,
information sharing and improved service delivery
between and within state agencies and organizations.
Mission: The mission of the Cabinet is to ensure that
the public policy of Florida relating to children and
youth promotes interdepartmental collaboration and
program implementation in order for services
designed for children and youth to be planned,
managed and delivered in a holistic and integrated
manner to improve the self-sufficiency, safety,
economic stability, health and quality of life of all
children and youth in Florida.
Current Work:
Results/Outcomes Framework:
Four areas were established as a priority focus for
the 13 key child well-being indicators that the
Cabinet identified as most important. The Cabinet has
worked to target its efforts and resources in these
areas in order to improve Florida outcomes related to
these indicators.
The four areas of focus are:
1. Every Florida child is healthy.
2. Every Florida child is ready to learn and succeed.
3. Every Florida child has a stable and nurturing
4. Every Florida child lives in a safe and supportive
The Cabinet is made up of agency administrators that
function as a steering committee that meets
quarterly. In addition, the Cabinet is divided into five
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Primary Goals and Priorities of the Cabinet
The Cabinet has aligned its five workgroups to
support the achievement of the following primary
1. The Cabinet will provide a venue for
presenting a united voice on how to address
issues affecting the health and well-being of
Florida’s children and youth.
2. The Cabinet will work to galvanize the State
of Florida, all agencies and service providers,
to shift the context of the provision of
services from reactive to preventive.
3. The Cabinet should explore new and different
funding mechanisms that could provide
greater coordination among agencies and
better delivery of appropriate services to the
children and youth being served. This should
be done without dipping into current sources
of funding and thereby depleting one at the
expense of another.
Following a presentation on The First 1000 Days
Florida Campaign (a research-driven, collaborative
public awareness and advocacy campaign) the
Cabinet agreed to set a priority focus on early
childhood while leveraging the committee structure
to develop recommended actions on specific policies
impacting early childhood ages zero to three. The
Cabinet sent a letter to the Governor, Senate
President and Speaker of the House emphasizing the
importance of early childhood development for the
first 1,000 days in a child’s life and to utilize the
Policy Impact Committee to develop further
recommended actions for full Cabinet consideration.
services in an integrated and holistic manner. Youth
awaiting competency to proceed evaluations is the
focus of the Florida Team. The team has been process
mapping and gathering extensive data to develop
recommendations that will better serve these youth.
The group is developing protocols and procedures to
adequately address high utilizing groups. The work
plan should be completed in April 2016.
Contact Information
Name: Lindsey Perkins
Title: Executive Director
Office/Division/Agency: Department of Children and
Email: lindsey.perkins@myflfamilies.com
Phone: (850) 921-4875
Website: http://www.flgov.com/childrens-cabinet/
Words of Wisdom:
“All children in Florida should have the opportunity to
grow up safe, healthy, educated and prepared to meet
their full potential.”
Florida Statute 402.56
Florida Children and Youth Cabinet 2007
Strategic Plan
Florida Children and Youth Cabinet Workgroup
Alignment to Strategic Plan
Florida Children and Youth Cabinet Workgroup
Alignment to Headline Indicators
Youth Commission
In addition to adopting a strategic plan to better
coordinate children and family services in Florida,
the Cabinet has completed or begun work on all nine
of its statutorily required duties and responsibilities.
The Children and Youth Cabinet was selected to
participate in a federal initiative to promote multisystem collaboration. The program is being run by
the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States out of
Georgetown University. It has tremendous potential
to help the Cabinet achieve its mission to provide
November 2014
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