Agency for Persons with Disabilites

Disability rights advocates say a plan to revamp administration of a key program  is now moving in the right direction. Florida Republican Sen. Aaron Bean has taken the lead on changes to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in an attempt to stop decades of budget deficits.  Advocates say changes to Bean’s proposal aren’t perfect, but they’re better than where he started.

Lobbying Urged On Changes To Disability Program

Oct 3, 2019
Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilties Director Barbara Palmer
Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration this week urged advocates for people with disabilities and care providers to start lobbying lawmakers to support a redesign of a key state program for thousands of Floridians with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

AHCA, DCF Leaders Get Senate Panel’s Blessing

Feb 17, 2016
Agency for Health Care Administration

A Senate committee signed off Tuesday on the confirmation of seven agency heads, including leaders of some of the state's highest-profile departments.

Disabilities Jobs Bill Heads To Gov. Scott

Jan 19, 2016
Florida Senate

The Florida Senate approved legislation Friday aimed at helping people with disabilities become economically independent, completing what Senate President Andy Gardiner called a "trifecta" of bills headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

The measure (HB 7003) would encourage state agencies to employ more people with disabilities, recognize businesses that hire them and establish a program to teach them financial literacy.

There’s a part of Florida law that could be renamed, under a bill starting to move through the Florida Legislature. That statute deals with creating enhanced penalties for crimes against people with a physical or mental disability.

After a flurry of court hearings taking aim at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, the agency must now rewrite some of their rules on how disability funding is allocated. A workshop held today on the iBudget is just one small step in a much longer narrative.

Florida House and Senate Leaders have boasted about an ambitious agenda to improve the experiences of persons with disabilities. But some disability rights groups fear a proposal in the legislature filed by two powerful lawmakers, could privatize one of the important job placement programs that people with ‘unique abilities’ rely upon.

A bill that would help identify guardians and guardian advocates for children with developmental disabilities aging out of foster care passed its first committees this week.

Gerry Glynn is the Chief Legal Officer for Community Based Care of North Florida. But, before that, he worked as a law professor and child advocate in 2009. In that role, Glynn says he chaired a committee reviewing the tragic death of a young man by the name of Regis Little.

Bill: Hire More People With Disabilities

Feb 2, 2015
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A Senate committee Tuesday will consider a proposal (SPB 7022) that calls for the state to take steps aimed at hiring more people with disabilities.

The bill, which will be considered by the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee, would include people with disabilities in part of state law that seeks to assure equal-employment opportunities for women and minorities.

In part, the bill also would require the state Department of Management Services to develop programs such as internships and on-the-job training geared toward people with disabilities.

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities is attempting to recalculate how money is spent on services for disabled adults, and late last month received feedback from about 100 advocates, service providers and support coordinators, the News Service of Florida reports.

A new payment system for developmentally disabled Floridians needs to be fixed, the News Service of Florida reports. The so-called ‘iBudgets’ system aimed to give people flexibility in the way state money is spent on services, but the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that the way the Agency for Persons with Disabilities calculated payments violated state law, according to the News Service.