Jack Durrance Auditorium, Room 209 Second Floor 12 SE 1st Street
January 12, 2016 Regular BoCC Meeting
Agenda Item #8

Students to Successful Citizens/System of Care Program


Presentation of Students to Successful Citizens/System of Care Program by Veita Jackson-Carter, M.Ed. Principal/Administrator.

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Postpone presentation to a future meeting.

Requested By
Gina Peebles, Assistant County Manager, 352-374-5204

Originating Department
County Manager's Office

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Executive Summary
The Students to Successful Citizens/System of Care is a program that address the needs of at-risk youth and families. The program was developed by a network of local agencies partnering with the School Board of Alachua County. The School Board of Alachua County, and its partners, is requesting funding for the pilot program from the State of Florida in the FY 2016 budget. Data is collected to monitor the progress of at-risk youth and families with a comprehensive approach to services.

The program's goals are to: assess and treat at-risk students according to their needs; train school personnel; improve classroom behavior and reduce suspensions; increase academic achievement and overall graduation rates and increase employment of positive student engagement strategies by School Resource Officers to decrease juvenile arrests.  The Students to Successful Citizens/System of Care was created as a result of concerns from local agencies that at-risk youth and families were not receiving adequate services. There is a need for a unified network of services to provide: intake, assessment, and assistance that is tailored to meet the individual needs of the youth in our community. The goal is to provide high quality, child centered, family focused, cost effective, community-based services to high risk youth and their families. State and local agencies, parents and private providers work together to plan, share resources, and provide tailored services for our youth. These agencies include, but are not limited to, the School Board of Alachua County, Gainesville Police Department, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Florida State Attorney’s Office, Meridian Health Care, and the Juvenile Justice Council. Four elementary schools and three middle schools have been chosen to pilot the Students to Successful Citizens/System of Care program. Students and families benefit from a multi-tiered system of support services based on the school and individual student needs. Students to Successful Citizens/System of Care Training Plan: Tier 1 – creating trauma-informed and emotionally responsive school cultures; Tier 2 – behavior interventions and agency referrals; Tier 3 – identification and referral to System of Care Students to Successful Citizens/System of Care training schedule in late July or early August.  Leadership and student services teams at the identified pilot schools were required to participate in a full-day training. The training included: Trauma-Sensitive School training; Restorative Justice training; and System of Care training (which included identification of students, the referral procedures, and the Students to Successful Citizens/System of Care processes and procedures). In August and September, school based training was provided to all faculty and staff. This training is ongoing throughout the school year. Services under the Students to Successful Citizens/System of Care are available to students that meet at least one of the following: • is enrolled in a public school and may display emotional/behavior problems • is under the supervision of the Juvenile Justice System or the Local Domestic Relations Court • is a ward of the Department of Justice • may need additional educational services. When all parties agree that sufficient progress has been made (i.e. there has been a reduction in school misbehavior, reduction in truancy, improvement in school grades, and/or improvement in self-concept as measured by the Pierce-Harris Self-Concept survey), the student will exit the Students to Successful Citizens/System of Care. Parents may also voluntarily discontinue their participation at any time. If progress is not made, a follow up staffing will be held to discuss barriers and adjust the Staffing Action Plan as necessary. The School Board of Alachua County is currently funding this pilot program (estimated at $160,000) with a financial commitment from the City of Gainesville to fund it next fiscal year if the State legislature does not approve an appropriation for this program in their FY 16/17 budget.


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Attachment:  System of Care Overview for the Gainesville City Commission.pdf
Attachment:  System of Care with partners Powerpoint Presentation.pdf