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  • Thursday, April 23, 2015

    Judge Rules on DJJ Cost Share

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    DJJ's Implementation Ruling Still Wrong

    Counties prevail on 'two day rule' and actual costs; DJJ prevails on new law violations of probation

    Late yesterday, the state of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings Judge David Watkins issued his ruling regarding juvenile detention cost share.  While there were many arguments made during the course of this rule challenge, the judge ruled with counties on all but one of them.

    Counties have been responsible for funding a portion of juvenile detention for eleven years and the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is still failing to correctly implement this decade old statute.  The judge's ruling further confirms DJJ's inattentive and careless approach, reinforcing the need for the legislature to act this year.


  • Monday, April 13, 2015

    St. Lucie County Focuses on Fitness

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    The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners can count more than 1,200 reasons why its new Wellness Program is working. About halfway through the 12-week Weight-Loss Challenge to kick off the county’s new Wellness Initiative, more than 300 participants have lost more than 1,200 pounds.

    In an effort to help reduce health-care costs and encourage its workforce to become more health conscious, St. Lucie County developed a new Wellness Matters initiative that provides financial incentives to employees that show they are working to improve their physical well-being.

    “We have made it very simple so anyone can do it,” explained George Landry, St. Lucie County’s Safety & Risk Manager. “We didn’t want to create a bunch of rules to discourage people from using the program. Some of the rewards can be obtained just by self-reported results.”


  • Monday, April 13, 2015

    2015 FAC Annual Conference New Registration Process

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    We are pleased to announce the Florida Association of Counties’ new portal and online community!  As part of this new community, you can register for our upcoming events including FAC’s 2015 Annual Conference.  We invite you to come visit, navigate around and log-in for the first time to review your online profile at http://fl-counties.site-ym.com/login.aspx.  

    Once you follow the link above, you will be at the log-in screen.  Log-in credentials were sent via email on Monday, April 6.  If you did not receive an email, please contact Kelli WilliamsBecky Berentsenor Connie Osborn.

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