Florida WINGS Efforts

Grant Accomplishments

I. Identification of eight statewide priorities

  • Determine which circuits do not have a sufficient number of physicians participating on their examining committees, and develop a recruitment plan for those circuits to use
  • Design a toolkit containing comprehensive information about decision-making options for distribution to the public
  • Provide law enforcement officers and first responders with one or more tools to assist them in identifying and reporting abuse, neglect, or exploitation
  • Develop and pilot a volunteer court visitor program
  • Develop a new component of the annual guardianship report that comprehensively addresses restoration of rights
  • Create model annual guardianship/guardian advocacy reporting forms for use in all Florida circuits
  • Design an evaluation guide for courts to use when approving family guardianship training courses to improve course consistency, quality, and content
  • Establish a process for courts to notify the Social Security Administration when a guardian of the property who is also a representative payee is removed

II. Coordination with Stetson College of Law and the National Judicial College to create four courses approved for CLEs and CJE 

III. Acquisition of books titled Florida Guardianship Practice 10th Edition and dissemination to law libraries within various judicial circuits 

IV. Develop tool(s) containing comprehensive information about decision-making options for distribution to the public

  • Disseminated 500 printed copies of Exploring My Decision-Making Options to agencies and organizations to share with the public
  • Posted electronically on Florida WINGS website for the use/reproduction by the public

Current Workgroups

  • Develop and pilot a volunteer court visitor program - Judge Jose Rodriguez and Melinda Coulter, chairpersons
  • Establish a process for courts to notify the Social Security Administration when a guardian of the property who is also a representative payee is removed - Robert Anderson and Rachel Siegel-McLaughlin, chairpersons
  • Design an evaluation guide for courts to use when approving family guardianship training courses to improve course consistency, quality, and content - Judge Michelle Morley, chairwoman