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The Securing Florida’s Future Budget to Fund Waiting List for the Sixth Year in a Row


By Barbara Palmer

Governor Rick Scott’s Securing Florida’s Future budget is recommending $1.4 billion in total funding for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). This historic investment will enroll approximately 900 people on the waiting list into the APD waiver program. This marks the sixth year in a row the Governor is recommending funding for waiver enrollment.


2017 WSC Conference


On November 17, waiver support coordinators from across the state gathered in Orlando for the 2017 WSC Conference. Beginning with a welcome from Director Palmer and then a presentation from keynote speaker David Pitonyak, the day was filled with informational sessions presented by various speakers on topics significant to WSCs and those they serve.

Transportation Task Force Nearing Deadline


The Transportation Task Force is required to submit a transportation study and its recommendations to improve transportation for people with disabilities to the Legislature on December 15.

Family Care Council Meeting


Several APD staff members joined the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) for their bimonthly meeting in Orlando on November 18. Director Palmer, Chief of Staff Karen Hagan, Deputy Director of Operations Tom Rankin, Legislative Affairs Director Caleb Hawkes, Communications Director Melanie Mowry Etters, and Deputy Communications Director Katie Strickland attended and presented about various topics.


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Courting Clean


In rural areas such as Milton, Florida, it can often be challenging for people with disabilities to find and maintain employment. In August 2017, Miranda Bervig hit an employment milestone: one year of service with Stewart Law Firm in Milton.


Parent Meeting


On November 3, leaders from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and Bellwether Behavioral Health met with families of residents of Carlton Palms in Mount Dora.


Around the State


Free Medical Clinic Coming to Pensacola


The Pensacola Remote Area Medical Clinic will be providing FREE services for the whole family (men, women, and children) on Saturday, December 2, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 3, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pensacola High School, located at 500 W. Maxwell St.

Turkey Day!


On Thanksgiving Eve, members of the Pi Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. delivered turkey and ham Thanksgiving dinners within their community.

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