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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

Jun 02, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2020


CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900

Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

 

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

 

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

Updated: 6/2/2020, 4:00 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

DJJ Facilities

Positive Cases

Medically cleared to return to work

Positive Cases

No longer in medical isolation

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

 12

8

4

2

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

2

0

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

1

1

1

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

1

0

0

Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center

5

0

7

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

2

0

1

0

Miami Youth Academy

6

5

4

4

Dove Academy

1

0

0

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

1

0

0

Palm Beach Youth Academy

5

2

4

0

Okeechobee Youth Development Center

5

0

16

0

Okeechobee Youth Treatment Center

2

0

0

0

Okeechobee Girls Academy

3

0

1

0

Okeechobee Intensive Halfway House

2

0

0

0

Oak Grove Academy

2

0

9

0

Totals

50

20

47

7

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

 

Additional Information Regarding Facilities with Positive COVID-19 Cases

DJJ continues to work with local health departments and in the case of residential commitment programs, the private contracted provider, regarding additional testing of youth and staff. All employees as well as parents/guardians of youth are notified of positive cases. Increased cleaning and sanitization protocols will also continue at these facilities.

 

 

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted. Youth no longer in medical isolation must show no symptoms and be cleared by the facility’s designated health authority.

 

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

 

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

 

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

 

Ongoing measures include the following:

 

  • Youth entering into a juvenile detention facility must first complete a precautionary clearance form, which has been adapted to cover the symptoms and screening questions for COVID-19.  All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • All staff that work at state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility. If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

 

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19

 

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

May 29, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2020


CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900

 Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

 COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

Updated: 5/29/2020, 2:30 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

DJJ Facilities

Positive Cases

Medically cleared to return to work

Positive Cases

No longer in medical isolation

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

 11

8

4

2

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

2

0

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

1

1

1

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

1

0

0

Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center

5

0

7

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

2

0

1

0

Miami Youth Academy

6

5

4

4

Dove Academy

1

0

0

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

1

0

0

Palm Beach Youth Academy

4

2

2

0

Okeechobee Youth Development Center

5

0

15

0

Okeechobee Youth Treatment Center

2

0

0

0

Okeechobee Girls Academy

3

0

1

0

Okeechobee Intensive Halfway House

2

0

0

0

Totals

46

20

35

7

Correction: the above table has been corrected to reflect 11 positive staff cases at Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center, it was previously listed as 12.

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

Additional Information Regarding the Okeechobee Residential Commitment Programs

DJJ is working with the private contracted provider and the local health department to test all youth and staff at the above listed Okeechobee residential commitment programs. All employees as well as parents/guardians of youth at the programs have been notified. Increased cleaning and sanitization protocols will also continue at the programs.

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted. Youth no longer in medical isolation must show no symptoms and be cleared by the facility’s designated health authority.

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

  • Youth entering into a juvenile detention facility must first complete a precautionary clearance form, which has been adapted to cover the symptoms and screening questions for COVID-19.  All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • All staff that work at state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility. If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces.  

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19

 

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

May 26, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2020


CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900

Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

 

Updated: 5/26/20, 4:00 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

12

3

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

1

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center

4

6

Broward Youth Treatment Center

2

1

Miami Youth Academy

6

4

Dove Academy

1

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

0

Palm Beach Youth Academy

4

0

Okeechobee Youth Development Center

4

15

Okeechobee Youth Treatment Center

1

0

Okeechobee Girls Academy

3

1

Okeechobee Intensive Halfway House

1

0

Total confirmed cases

43

31

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

 

Additional Information Regarding the Okeechobee Residential Commitment Programs

DJJ is working with the private contracted provider and the local health department to test all youth and staff at the above listed Okeechobee residential commitment programs. All employees as well as parents/guardians of youth at the programs have been notified. Increased cleaning and sanitization protocols will also continue at the programs.

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted.

 

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

 

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

 

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

 

  • Youth entering into a juvenile detention facility must first complete a precautionary clearance form, which has been adapted to cover the symptoms and screening questions for COVID-19.  All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • All staff that work at state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility. If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19

 

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

May 21, 2020



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 21, 2020


CONTACT:

DJJ Communications Office

news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900


Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.


COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

Updated: 5/21/20, 4:00 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

11

1

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

1

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

2

1

Miami Youth Academy

6

4

Dove Academy

1

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

0

Palm Beach Youth Academy

4

0

Okeechobee Youth Development Center

2

11

Okeechobee Youth Treatment Center

1

0

Okeechobee Girls Academy

2

1

Okeechobee Intensive Halfway House

1

0

Total confirmed cases

36

19

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

Additional Information Regarding the Okeechobee Residential Commitment Programs

DJJ is working with the private contracted provider and the local health department to test all youth and staff at the above listed Okeechobee residential commitment programs. All employees as well as parents/guardians of youth at the programs have been notified. Increased cleaning and sanitization protocols will also continue at the programs.

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted.

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

  • Youth entering into a juvenile detention facility must first complete a precautionary clearance form, which has been adapted to cover the symptoms and screening questions for COVID-19.  All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • All staff that work at state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility. If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

May 19, 2020


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 19, 2020


CONTACT:

DJJ Communications Office

news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900


Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.


COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

Updated: 5/19/20, 4:00 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

10

0

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

1

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

2

1

Miami Youth Academy

6

4

Dove Academy

1

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

0

Palm Beach Youth Academy

4

0

Okeechobee Youth Development Center

1

8

Okeechobee Youth Treatment Center

1

0

Okeechobee Girls Academy

2

0

Okeechobee Intensive Halfway House

1

0

Total confirmed cases

34

14


Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

Additional Information Regarding the Okeechobee Youth Development Center

DJJ is working with the private contracted provider and the local health department to test all youth and staff at the program. All employees as well as parents/guardians of youth at the program have been notified. Increased cleaning and sanitization protocols will continue at the program.

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted.

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

  • All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

May 15, 2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2020


CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900

 

 

 

Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

 

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

 

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

 

Updated: 5/15/20, 4:00 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

9

0

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

1

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

2

1

Miami Youth Academy

6

4

Dove Academy

1

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

0

Palm Beach Youth Academy

3

0

Okeechobee Youth Development Center

1

6

Okeechobee Girls Academy

1

0

Total confirmed cases

29

12

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

 

Additional Information Regarding the Okeechobee Youth Development Center

DJJ is working with the private contracted provider and the local health department to test all youth and staff at the program. All employees as well as parents/guardians of youth at the program have been notified. Increased cleaning and sanitization protocols will continue at the program.

 

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted.

 

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

 

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

 

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

 

  • Youth entering into a juvenile detention facility must first complete a precautionary clearance form, which has been adapted to cover the symptoms and screening questions for COVID-19.  All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • All staff that work at state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility. If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19.  

 

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

May 12, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2020


CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900

 Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

 COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

Updated: 5/12/20, 4:00 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

8

0

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

1

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

2

1

Miami Youth Academy

6

4

Dove Academy

1

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

0

Palm Beach Youth Academy

3

0

Okeechobee Youth Development Center

0

1

Total confirmed cases

25

7

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted.

 Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

 

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines

Ongoing measures include the following:

  • Youth entering into a juvenile detention facility must first complete a precautionary clearance form, which has been adapted to cover the symptoms and screening questions for COVID-19.  All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • All staff that work at state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility. If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19.  

 

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The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Extends Visitation Suspension at Facilities Statewide

May 06, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2020


CONTACT:

DJJ Communications Office

news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900


Tallahassee, Fla. – In response to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Florida, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has issued a supplemental emergency order continuing the suspension of visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until May 15, 2020. DJJ continues to assess the safety of its facilities and will restore visitation with modifications to the normal procedures when it is safe to do so. Parents and guardians will be contacted directly regarding the visitation schedule and the screening criteria for their child’s specific facility when modified visitation is restored.

“We are concentrating all our efforts on fighting the spread of the virus and keeping the youth and staff inside our facilities safe,” said DJJ Secretary Simone Marstiller. “Visitation with family is an important part of a youth’s rehabilitation, and we look forward to restoring those visits in a safe and mindful way.”

DJJ will continue to ensure regular communication between youth and their families. Clinical personnel are still permitted to visit youth for treatment purposes, instructional personnel are permitted to provide educational services, and attorneys are permitted to conduct legal visits with youth. Parents or family members with questions about visitation should contact the facility where their child is located.

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

May 04, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2020


CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900

 

Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

 

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

 

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

Updated: 5/4/20, 4:00 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

8

0

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

1

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

2

1

Miami Youth Academy

6

4

Dove Academy

1

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

0

Palm Beach Youth Academy

3

0

Total confirmed cases

25

6

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted

 

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

 

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

 

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

 

Ongoing measures include the following:

 

  • Youth entering into a juvenile detention facility must first complete a precautionary clearance form, which has been adapted to cover the symptoms and screening questions for COVID-19.  All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • All staff that work at state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility. If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19.  

 

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

May 01, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2020


CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us
                                           
(850) 921-5900

Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

Updated: 5/1/20, 4:00 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

8

0

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

2

0

Miami Youth Academy

6

4

Dove Academy

1

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

0

Palm Beach Youth Academy

3

0

Total confirmed cases

25

4

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

 

 

  • Youth entering into a juvenile detention facility must first complete a precautionary clearance form, which has been adapted to cover the symptoms and screening questions for COVID-19.  All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 

 

  • All staff that work at state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility. If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19.  

 

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

Apr 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2020

CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us
(850) 921-5900
 

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

Updated: 4/27/20, 4:00 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

8

0

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

2

0

Miami Youth Academy

5

4

Dove Academy

1

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

0

Palm Beach Youth Academy

1

0

Total confirmed cases

22

4

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

 

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 30, 2020 (unless extended). Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

  • All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19.  

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

Apr 22, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2020


CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900

Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

 

Updated: 4/22/20, 4:00 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

7

0

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

1

0

Miami Youth Academy

4

4

Dove Academy

1

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

0

Total confirmed cases

18

4

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 30, 2020 (unless extended). Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

  • All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.djj.state.fl.us/covid-19.  

 

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

Apr 20, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2020

CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

Updated: 4/20/20, 9:00 a.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

5

0

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

2

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

1

0

Miami Youth Academy

3

4

Dove Academy

1

0

Daytona Juvenile Residential Facility

1

0

Total confirmed cases

15

4

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted.

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 30, 2020 (unless extended). Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

  • All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

 



Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

Apr 17, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2020


CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900 

Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

 COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

 

Updated: 4/17/20, 9:00 a.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

4

0

Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Broward Youth Treatment Center

1

0

Miami Youth Academy

2

4

Total confirmed cases

10

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional questions on the above individuals (age, gender, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted.

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 30, 2020 (unless extended). Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic plans for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

  • Youth entering into a juvenile detention facility must first complete a precautionary clearance form, which has been adapted to cover the symptoms and screening questions for COVID-19.  All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 

  • All staff that work at state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility. If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

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The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Extends Visitation Suspension at Juvenile Detention Centers and Residential Commitment Programs Statewide

Apr 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2020

CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900

Tallahassee, Fla. – In response to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Florida, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has issued a supplemental emergency order continuing the suspension of visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 30, 2020. DJJ has no known cases of COVID-19 within our youth population at this time.

DJJ will continue to ensure frequent communication between youth and their families. All facility staff, along with outside personnel and vendors who work within the juvenile facilities, will continue to be screened prior to entry. Clinical personnel are still permitted to visit youth for treatment purposes, instructional personnel are permitted to provide educational services, and attorneys are permitted to conduct legal visits with youth. Parents or family members with questions about visitation should contact the facility where their child is located.

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

Apr 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2020


CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us
                                           
(850) 921-5900

Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

 

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

Updated: 4/10/20, 9:00 a.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Youth Treatment Center

1

0

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Total confirmed cases

3

0

 

 

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted.

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry. Additional questions on the above individuals (gender, age, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.  
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 15, 2020 (unless extended). Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Pandemic plans have been developed and disseminated for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

  • Youth entering into a juvenile detention facility must first complete a precautionary clearance form which has been adapted to cover the symptoms and screening questions for COVID-19.  All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • All staff that work at state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility. If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

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Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding COVID-19

Apr 07, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2020


CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900

Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to take all necessary precautions related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Florida, DJJ has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe within state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs.

DJJ is committed to keeping its stakeholders, community partners and the general public informed on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in its state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs. Parents and guardians of youth at DJJ programs are also notified of positive cases. These numbers will be updated regularly on our website.

COVID-19 Confirmed Cases in DJJ Facilities

Updated: 4/7/20, 4:00 p.m.

Employees/Contract Staff

Youth

Broward Youth Treatment Center

1

0

Pinellas Regional Juvenile Detention Center

1

0

Total confirmed cases

2

0

 

 

 

 

Information on testing

The county health departments and/or each facility’s designated health authority determine when youth should be tested for COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing criteria. Youth inside juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are continuously being monitored and screened for symptoms and if a youth becomes symptomatic, he or she is isolated from other youth and the facility’s designated health authority is contacted.

Information on personnel inside DJJ facilities

In order to protect the personal health information of these individuals, the name or occupation of the employees at these facilities will not be identified. Staff listed above may be employed by the state or one of its contracted providers. All staff that work inside DJJ facilities are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility and if a staffer presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and is instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry. Additional questions on the above individuals (gender, age, travel status) should be directed to the Florida Department of Health.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has coordinated a proactive and comprehensive response to keep all youth and staff safe. In response to this pandemic, DJJ took the following actions:

  • Developed a COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth, including CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth exhibiting flu-like symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.  
  • Modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • Instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors and personnel who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 15, 2020 (unless extended). Both detention centers and residential commitment programs have worked diligently to maintain regular telephone communication, and if feasible video conferencing, between youth and their families.
  • Pandemic plans have been developed and disseminated for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.

Ongoing measures include the following:

  • Youth entering into a juvenile detention facility must first complete a precautionary clearance form which has been adapted to cover the symptoms and screening questions for COVID-19.  All youth admitted into a residential commitment program are screened prior to leaving the detention center and then again upon their arrival to the residential commitment program. 
  • All staff that work at state-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs are screened daily on every shift prior to entering the facility. If a staff presents with symptoms, he or she is denied entry and instructed to contact their health care provider. Staff will not be permitted to return to work until cleared by a medical professional. Outside vendors and personnel continue to be screened daily prior to entry.
  • State-operated juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs have all implemented cleaning and sanitation plans to reduce the risk of spreading or contaminating surfaces. 

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Freedom 180 presents MORE TH>N A NU#BER: A Human Trafficking Seminar 2020

Apr 01, 2020

Freedom 180 is very proud to announce the second annual MORE TH>N A NU#BER: A Human Trafficking Seminar, planned for June 26th of 2020. This year will include new speakers, more vendors, exciting partnerships, and up to date information on how we can end human trafficking in the Florida panhandle.

 

Freedom 180 is very proud to announce the second annual MORE TH>N A NU#BER: A Human Trafficking Seminar, planned for June 26th of 2020. This year will include new speakers, more vendors, exciting partnerships, and up to date information on how we can end human trafficking in the Florida panhandle.

You won’t want to miss what we have in store for this year’s seminar. This event is completely FREE and open to the public. Since seating is limited and in high demand, we ask that you pre-register via the link below, or the QR code in this email. This ensures you a seat at this year’s seminar.

 

RSVP here



Update from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019

Mar 29, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2020

CONTACT:
DJJ Communications Office
news@djj.state.fl.us                                            
(850) 921-5900

 

Tallahassee, Fla.The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice continues to take all necessary precautions related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida. We will continue to prioritize the wellbeing of our youth and the staff who care for them and are equipped to handle any potential cases of COVID-19 within state-operated detention centers and residential commitment programs in Florida.

 On March 27, 2020, an employee at the Broward Youth Treatment Center was confirmed positive for COVID-19.  The employee has been out of work for five days and will not return to work until a full recovery is documented by a medical professional. DJJ is working closely with the local county health department to determine next steps for screening staff and the youth at the program.

  • At this time, all staff and youth at the program are asymptomatic.  
  • There are currently 27 youth at the program. Parents and guardians of youth at the program have been notified as well as other employees. All youth are being continuously monitored and checked for flu-like symptoms.
  • The program implemented a daily sanitation plan to reduce the risk of spreading or contamination from an infectious illness.
  • No additional youth will be admitted to the program until further notice.
  • All staff coming into the program are screened every day and will continue to be screened when they report to work. Staff are also being monitored for flu-like symptoms.
  • All essential vendors and approved visitors are screened prior to coming into the program. No visitors have been inside the program within the last 14 days.

DJJ COVID-19 Response

  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice issued an emergency order suspending visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 15, 2020, unless extended.
  • DJJ instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors who work within juvenile facilities.
  • Pandemic plans have been developed and disseminated for all state-operated juvenile detention centers. Residential commitment providers have developed individual plans for juvenile residential commitment programs. All plans are in keeping with CDC guidelines.
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to now include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols.
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s Office of Health Services developed COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth. This guidance included CDC criteria on how to assess and care for youth who are exhibiting fever and respiratory symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.

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Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Response to COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020

March 27, 2020

CONTACT:

DJJ Communications Office

news@djj.state.fl.us

(850) 921-5900

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice continues to closely monitor the impacts of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Florida. We will always prioritize the wellbeing of youth in our custody and the staff who care for them, and we are taking all necessary precautions. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has taken several actions to help protect our staff and youth. These actions include the following:

  • Pandemic plans have been developed and disseminated for all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs.
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has issued an emergency order that will suspend visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 15, 2020 and then will evaluate the health and safety of resuming normal visitation protocols. DJJ has also instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors who work within juvenile facilities. Clinical personnel are still permitted to visit youth for treatment purposes, instructional personnel are permitted to provide educational services, and attorneys are permitted to conduct legal visits with youth.
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to now include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols. This modified screening protocol was shared with law enforcement partners statewide.
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s Office of Health Services developed COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth. This guidance included Center for Disease Control criteria on how to assess and care for youth who are exhibiting fever and respiratory symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.

Find more information on DJJ’s COVID-19 response here. As always, the best source of information on COVID-19 in Florida is the Florida Department of Health’s website at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.

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Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Response to COVID-19

Mar 24, 2020

March 23, 2020

CONTACT:

DJJ Communications Office

news@djj.state.fl.us

(850) 921-5900

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice continues to closely monitor the impacts of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Florida. We will always prioritize the wellbeing of youth in our custody and the staff who care for them, and we are taking all necessary precautions. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has taken several actions to help protect our staff and youth. These actions include the following:

  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s Office of Health Services developed COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth. This guidance included Center for Disease Control criteria on how to assess and care for youth who are exhibiting fever and respiratory symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to now include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols. This modified screening protocol was shared with law enforcement partners statewide.
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has issued an emergency order that will suspend visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 15, 2020 and then will evaluate the health and safety of resuming normal visitation protocols. DJJ has also instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors who work within juvenile facilities. Clinical personnel are still permitted to visit youth for treatment purposes, instructional personnel are permitted to provide educational services, and attorneys are permitted to conduct legal visits with youth.

 

As always, the best source of information on COVID-19 in Florida is the Florida Department of Health’s website at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/. ###

 

 



Madison County Human Trafficking Workshop presented by Gateway To Fr33dom Human Trafficking Task Force

Mar 23, 2020

The Gateway To Fr33dom Human Trafficking Task Force sponsors a Human Trafficking Workshop held in Madison County. This workshop is designed to bring information and awareness to the community to keep our children safe. The workshop is on Thursday April 30, 2020 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and is open to the public.

 

 

Event Date:

Thursday, April 30, 2020

9:00 AM to Noon (12:00 pm)

 

Event Location:

Madison Youth Ranch

1647 Captain Buie Road

Pinetta, FL 32350

 

RSVP Here

Free Event and Open to the Public

 

 

 



The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Suspends Visitation at Juvenile Detention Centers and Residential Commitment Programs Statewide

Mar 20, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2020

CONTACT:

DJJ Communications Office

news@djj.state.fl.us

(850) 921-5900

  

Tallahassee, Fla. – In response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has issued an emergency order that will suspend visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 15, 2020. DJJ has no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 at this time.

“This is a measure we do not take lightly, but we find it necessary to restrict the movement of individuals into our facilities to prioritize the health of youth in our custody, in addition to our agency and contracted provider staff,” said DJJ Secretary Simone Marstiller. “We will work diligently to maintain regular communication between youth and their families.”

DJJ has also instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors who work within our juvenile facilities. Clinical personnel are still permitted to visit youth for treatment purposes, instructional personnel are permitted to provide educational services, and attorneys are permitted to conduct legal visits with youth. Parents or family members with questions about visitation should contact the facility where their child is located.

 

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Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Response to COVID-19

Mar 18, 2020

March 17, 2020

CONTACT:

DJJ Communications Office

news@djj.state.fl.us

(850) 921-5900

 

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice continues to closely monitor the impacts of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Florida. We will always prioritize the wellbeing of youth in our custody and the staff who care for them, and we are taking all necessary precautions. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has taken several actions to help protect our staff and youth. These actions include the following:

  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s Office of Health Services developed COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth. This guidance included Center for Disease Control criteria on how to assess and care for youth who are exhibiting fever and respiratory symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to now include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols. This modified screening protocol was shared with law enforcement partners statewide.
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has developed a visitor screening tool which is now mandatory to use inside of our juvenile detention centers and residential commitment programs to ensure both the safety of the youth and staff in these programs. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has sent a notice to parents and guardians of youth in programs regarding the new visitor screening requirements. 

  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors who work within juvenile facilities and non-essential travel of staff members has been stopped. Visitors are limited to business-related visitors only (i.e., vendors, no personal visitors, no volunteers at this time). The department will work with these entities on alternatives to visiting programs to ensure critical services are not interrupted. Clinical personnel, however, are still permitted to visit youth for treatment purposes, and attorneys are still permitted to conduct legal visits with youth.

As always, the best source of information on COVID-19 in Florida is the Florida Department of Health’s website at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.

 



Big Ben Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) Events from January - March 2020

Jan 15, 2020

The Big Ben Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT) announces activities and events occurring in 2020 from January to March. Several events coincide with National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January. BBCAHT Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bbcaht/

JAN-MAR2020-Human Trafficking Awareness Month FINAL

1) Human Trafficking: Building Public Awareness Community Training Program

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020, 1-3 p.m.

Location: United Church in Tallahassee, 1834 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee

Description: Education is the number-one tool we have for ending human trafficking, but with so much misinformation out there, do you know the facts? This certificate program will focus on the myths vs. the realities of human trafficking and what you can do as member of the media, in your faith or civic group, in your state agency or non-profit, or as an individual, to help build awareness and end human trafficking.

RSVP Here

*Free to Public

 

2) Human Trafficking and the Justice System: Through the Eyes of Survivors

Date: Friday, January 24, 2020, 11:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: FSU College of Law, Room: Rotunda 310, 425 W Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

Description: How can we as attorneys, advocates, judges, law enforcement, and as members of the community ensure that human trafficking survivors are helped by the justice system and not retraumatized? How can we understand the traumas that survivors have faced as we bring traffickers to justice? How can we work to build a response to human trafficking that is survivor-centered and that actively works to restore victims and helps them to rebuild their lives? How can we build strength, empathy and resilience for ourselves and survivors in our courtrooms, classrooms, law offices, law enforcement agencies, clinics, social services organizations, and throughout our world? These questions and more will be the focus of this program.  

RSVP Here

*Free to Public; Lunch is provided

 

3) Human Trafficking Collaborations: Networking Luncheon 

Date: February 19, 2020, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Railroad Square Craft House, 644 McDonnell Dr., Railroad Square Art District, Tallahassee

Description: The best and only way to help human trafficking survivors is to work together, and this event is geared to building these vital community connections and collaborations. If you or your organization encounters people who are vulnerable, YOU could be a contact point for a human trafficking survivor. Whether you are with a social services agency, law enforcement, the faith community, the schools, a business, are a student or are from the community-at-large, YOU are important to assisting survivors and bringing traffickers to justice.  This networking lunch is a chance for everyone in the community to meet, spark collaborations, share info, and help trafficking survivors.

Contact: Kristina Bailey, Kristine.Bailey@rescue.org; 850-544-3914

RSVP Here

*Free to Attend

 

4) Human Trafficking Hot Topics: Public Policy and Programs Community Training Program

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020, 1-3 p.m.

Location: United Church in Tallahassee, 1834 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee

Description: This certificate program will focus on the many public policy issues facing the 2020 Florida Legislature in the area of anti-trafficking public policies and laws, including past legislative efforts and current needs. Experts will explain Florida law, needs and gaps, and the workings of the Legislature.

RSVP Here

*Free to Attend

 

5) Human Trafficking and the Schools Community Training Program

Date: Friday, March 20, 2020, 1-3 p.m.

Location: TBD

Description: This certificate program and training will address new Florida Department of Education rules regarding human trafficking, including how schools are impacted, and will help to identify actionable next steps for teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and all Floridians. Understanding your role in prevention and eradication of human trafficking is the ultimate goal of this training.

RSVP Here

*Free to Attend

 

6) “Imagining Freedom Culinary Tasting and Marketplace”

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Turnbull Center, 555 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee, FL 32301

Description: The “Imagining Freedom Culinary Tasting and Marketplace” is a casual dining event to raise awareness about both labor and sex trafficking in the Big Bend. Food stations, coordinated by Susan Turner and Food Glorious Food, will feature dishes that are slavery-free and not part of food chains that include trafficked labor. Vendors will offer goods that are also trafficking-free, experts will provide insights and answer questions about trafficking, and a brief program will outline concrete ways that guests can help survivors of human trafficking.

Ticket Cost: $75

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