Florida Children and Youth Cabinet: Youth Services Collaboration Workgroup

On February 28, 2011 a Presidential Memorandum was released on “Administrative Flexibility, Lower Costs and Better Results for State, Local and Tribal Governments.” In early July 2011, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asked the national organization, Children’s Cabinet Network, to identify policy changes that can both improve efficiency and achieve better outcomes for children and families. The Children’s Cabinet Network, managed by the Forum for Youth Investment, submitted a report of recommendations to OMB. As part of the Children’s Cabinet Network, the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet’s recommendations were included.   A meeting was arranged in August 2011 with representatives from the Children’s Cabinet Network and federal agencies to discuss ideas for flexibility that would reduce barriers to agency collaboration. In early August, the Forum for Youth Investment prepared a white paper using the same barriers and solutions provided by the states focusing solely on reconnecting disconnected youth.

A formal workgroup was then created at the request of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet to continue this work and has been actively working to address real and perceived administrative barriers at the federal, state and local levels to improve services to children and youth. The group includes representatives from the Governor’s Office and a variety of state agencies that serve children.  With the encouragement of the White House and OMB, the group is identifying opportunities for change to federal regulation and policy guidance to enable better decision making, shared information and improved access to sometimes siloed funding.

Three priority areas have been identified in which to pursue greater flexibility:

  • Skill development for disadvantaged youth.
  • Residential placement, treatment and aftercare for multi-system youth.
  • Youth transitioning to adulthood.

Potential strategies for improvement identified thus far include:

  • Aligning and reevaluating confidentiality rules for the release of information regarding substance abuse as well as school records, when necessary to assure health and well-being of children in the dependency and delinquency systems.
  • Easing rules for access to student financial aid for youth with non-violent felonies.
  • Placing priority on funding for workforce development services for youth.
  • Identifying potential pilot projects and locations to test changes.

Members meet regularly and are coordinating with OMB, the Forum for Youth Investment and seven other states that are developing similar initiatives.

May 29, 2012 Meeting Materials
Palm Beach Children’s Services Council Problem Statement
Broward Children’s Services Council Worksheet
Court Order Information Sharing Language

April 17, 2012 Meeting Materials

March 20, 2012 Meeting Materials

March 6, 2012 Meeting Materials

February 24, 2012 Meeting Materials
Broward Children’s Services Council Presentation

Call with the Forum for Youth Investment and the White House Office of Management and Budget

January 24, 2012 Meeting Materials

January 10, 2012 Meeting Materials


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