Juvenile Justice Council Meeting
COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT
Bryan Russell (Bay County Dept. of Health), Randy Jordan (Teen Court), Michael Johnson (City of Panama
City/ASAP), Krissy Botzong (Anchorage Children’s Home) , Joel Booth (Anchorage Children’s Home),
Johanna Calloway, (Anchorage Children’s Home), Connie Evans (Bay County Sheriff’s Office), Jayne
Fowler (Salvation Army), Robert Jones (ABT), Ray McDonald, Leon Miller (Community Citizen), David
Murphree (Bridging the Gap), Donna Ray (Bay District Schools), Susan Rodger (St. Atty’s Office), Kim Russ
(Bay District Schools), Leanne Schmitt (Big Brothers/Big Sisters), Tammy Stewart (DOH-Freedom 180),
Bonnie Steelman (DOH-Freedom 180), Karla Williamson (AMIkids), Ann Wing (Florida Therapy Services),
Jessica Willingham (DOH-Freedom 180), Kyle Merritt (DOH-Tobacco Prevention), Donna Land (ABT),
Janessa Hart (Anchorage Children’s Home), Steve Blumenthal, Exec. Director (Anchorage Children’s
Home), Victoria Maines (Anchorage Children’s Home), Derrick Chitty (Anchorage Children’s Home),
David Taylor (CARE), Jeff McSpaddin (Twin Oakes), Donna Land (DBPR), Shelton Ceasar (DOH-Freedom
DJJ STAFF PRESENT:
Wanda Jackson (DJJ-Probation), Lydia Breaux-Davis (DJJ-Prevention), Marcia Reightnour (DJJ-Probation),
Fred Womack (DJJ-Probation), Shelley McKinney (DJJ-Probation).
ITEM #1 – CALL MEETING TO ORDER:
11:40 a.m. – Meeting called to order by Chair, Bryan Russell – minutes not available from previous
meeting (April 4, 2012) due to absence of secretary.
ITEM #2 – UPDATE ON YOUTH ALCOHOL PREVENTION ALCOHOL SUBSTANCE ABUSE COALITION
Survey distributed – received a lot of great responses. Will forward a more detailed report that will
include charts and graphs. Two (2) questions that received a lot of good response were: (1) what would
you like to see the coalition accomplish in the next 12 months? and (2) given the coalition’s history,
where would you like the attention focused? A lot of answers - some of the highlights to question #1 -
building a stronger law enforcement presence; committed to the start of the process; fair and festival
special event training; education and awareness; community development; prevention alternatives.
Highlights to question #2 included – 58% responded education and awareness for programs; another
58% responded education and awareness through public relations & marketing. Other comments
included education and awareness of youth, alcohol and drug abuse through family counseling and
development of a good website.
The Washington, D.C., OJJDP office has released the following grant funding:
Second Chance Act Juvenile Offender Reentry Program. Funding is available to provide services and
programs to successfully reintegrate juvenile offenders as they return to their communities,
families, schools, and the workforce. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. E.T. on May 14, 2012.
Juvenile Drug Courts/Reclaiming Futures. This grant opportunity provides funds for building the
capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to
develop and establish juvenile drug courts for substance abusing juvenile offenders. Applications
are due by 11:59 p.m. E.T. on May 16, 2012.
Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Discretionary Program: Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking in
the Military. OJJDP is seeking applicants for this funding opportunity to reduce the consumption of
alcoholic beverages by underage enlisted personnel serving in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine
Corps. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. E.T. on May 16, 2012.
ITEM #3 – NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR ANCHORAGE CHILDREN’S HOME
Steve Blumenthal has been named the new Executive Director for Anchorage Children’s Home. Steve
comes to ACH with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Previous experience included working with
DCF and other federal/state programs dealing with at-risk youth.
ITEM #4 – ELECTION OF NEW CHAIR, CO-CHAIR & SECRETARY FOR FY2012-2014
Last time elections were held for these positions was April 2010 – these are (2) year terms. As a result,
and to comply with Council By-laws elections must be held. Motion made by Mike Johnson for Bryan
Russell to remain as Chair, seconded by David Jackson – all in favor. Motion made by Bryan Russell for
Ann Wing to become Co-Chair, seconded by Mike Johnson – all in favor. Motion made by Randy Jordan
for Mike Johnson to continue as secretary, seconded by Ann Wing – all in favor.
ITEM #5 – PROGRAM UPDATE
Suicide Prevention Coalition – everything is done and the incorporation is complete. All of the I’s have
been dotted and the t’s crossed. If interested, meeting the first Monday of the month in Room 205 at
the Life Management building located at 525 E. 15th St, Panama City (522-8059/873-8585). Hopefully, if
we can overcome the new Panama City special event handbook policy (fees), then the march across
Hathaway Bridge event can occur without too many problems. The goal of the coalition is to raise
awareness for suicide prevention through education and to get the word out. Most of us are in this
because of the kids – the kids need help and we want to try to provide it, plus to let everyone know that
there is help out there.
DJJ – Probation – Just finished up Spring Break – in the month of April, diverted approximately 159 cases
– there are approximately 800 kids on supervision of some sort within the Circuit – detention screening
unit has screened approximately 72 kids since March 16th. The probation number for Bay County is
approximately 600 – Bay County represents 75% alone.
Currently taking applications for employment for the screening unit. Anyone who has a college degree
and may be interested, please contact Marcia Reightnour at (850) 872-7630. The position is non-career,
OPS and includes working evenings/nights, weekends and holidays, and pays $14 per hour.
ITEM #6 – ANNOUNCEMENTS
May 21 through May 25, 2012 is National Substance Abuse Prevention Week – a lot of items
involving substance abuse will be discussed that week.
DCF is in the process of trying to celebrate prevention during this week and have asked for help with
the following: informing and surveying coalitions - identify a personal volunteer as a blogger on a
Committee forming to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant. The goal of this project will be to
construct a skateboard park that is completely designed by the students. This project will be used as
a crime prevention tool. The grant requires that the park be made of concrete, free to kids using it,
etc. The attitude is that if you build something the kids will want to use, it will give them something
to do – constantly hear that kids have nothing to do. Every park in this community is geared
towards little kids with exception of the park on East Avenue that also has the therapy disc toss. The
concept is to create this park with youth buy-in – trying to get SRO’s from every high school to select
at least 5 student skaters to design a park that they’re excited about – this way the kids will have
ownership of the park and they will not ruin it. Bonnie Steelman showed interest
ITEM #7 - ADJOURNMENT
12:00 noon. Motion to adjourn meeting made by Mike Johnson; seconded by Randy Jordan. Next
meeting scheduled for June 6, 2012. Location TBA.