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1 Mission: Protect the Vulnerable, Promote Strong and Economic Self-Sufficient Families, and Advance Personal and Family Recovery and Resiliency. Charlie Crist, Governor George Sheldon, Secretary Report of Gabriel Myers Workgroup

2 11/19/20092 Gabriel Myers

3 11/19/20093 The Case of Gabriel Myers On April 16, 2009, seven year old Gabriel Myers apparently hanged himself in the residence of his foster parents. Gabriel had been adjudicated dependent on September 2, 2008, following the arrest of his mother and the filing of the abuse report that brought him into care on June 29, During the subsequent ten months, Gabriel was initially sheltered in a licensed foster home, placed with relatives, and lived at two different foster homes. Gabriel demonstrated a number of incidents of destructive behavior and conduct problems and was treated with counseling and several psychotropic medications. In February and March, 2009, Gabriel experienced a number of significant events in life, including changes in foster homes, psychotherapists and after-school programs, loss of privileges at home, and loss of visitation arrangements with his mother. One psychotherapist documented that it is clear that this child is overwhelmed with change and possibly re-experiencing trauma.

4 11/19/20094 Charge to the Work Group The specific case of Gabriel Myers; The use of psychotropic drugs to treat children in foster care; and Child-on-child sexual abuse

5 11/19/20095 Members of the Workgroup Dr. James D Sewell, Assistant Commissioner (Retired), Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Chair Bill Janes, Assistant Secretary Department of Children and Families Robin Rosenberg, Deputy Executive Director, Floridas Children First Dr. Rajiv Tandon, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Florida College of Medicine Dr. Anne Wells, Chief, Medicaid Pharmacy Services, Agency for Health Care Administration

6 11/19/20096 Designated Advisors to the Workgroup Betty Busbee, former Chair, Florida Statewide Advocacy Council Theresa A. Flury, Executive Director, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office Judge John Frusciante, Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Dr. Mike Haney, Director, Prevention and Intervention, Childrens Medical Services, Department of Health

7 11/19/20097 Findings and Recommendations of the Gabriel Myers Work Group 147 Total Findings and 90 Recommendations fall into one of ten areas: The Case of Gabriel Myers The Use of Psychotropic Medications to Treat Children in Foster Care Comprehensive Behavioral Health Assessments Information Contained in the Florida Safe Families Network Informed Consent and Judicial Review

8 11/19/20098 Findings and Recommendations of the Gabriel Myers Work Group Continued… Information Sharing Behavioral Health Care Individual and Agency Accountability Implementation of the Red Item Report on Psychotropic Drug Use in Foster Care Ensuring Best Practices

9 11/19/20099 Consistent Themes in the Work Group Recommendations Recognition that medication must be part of a comprehensive treatment plan and that treatment alternatives must be explored first Need for a statement of principles to guide the child welfare system and its participants Need for review of some State statutes Need for clearly defined roles, responsibilities, and expectations of all involved in the child welfare system, including foster parents Need for reliance on evidence-based practices and on-going quality assurance Need for enhanced funding for behavioral supports for children in State care Need for enhanced collaboration, coordination, and information- sharing Need for enhanced training of all those involved in the system Need for enhanced accountability at all levels

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