2015 Disabilities Training Conference – Imagining the Future

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This year over 450 attorneys, judges and child welfare professionals attended the second Florida Guardian ad Litem Program Disabilities Training Conference.  The keynote speakers were inspiring thought provoking and gave us all tools to use in helping the children we work with every day.  The workshops were wide ranging with presenters sharing their expertise in areas such as guardianships, psychotropic medications, master trusts and educational advocacy.  Below are the videos of the from the workshops and keynote speakers.  If you are an attorney in Florida and would like to receive CLE credit you will need to watch the video and report the course number and information to the Florida Bar at www.FloridaBar.org.  There are 45 credit hours available below.  The course number is valid for 18 months or until November 20, 2016.

Welcome & Opening of the General Session

 


Supported Decision-Making:  From Justice for Jenny to Justice for All!  Jonathan Martinis

 

Jonathan Martinis has over 20 years’ experience representing people with disabilities in cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and other civil rights laws. He represented Jenny Hatch in the “Justice for Jenny” case – the first to hold that a person with disabilities has a right to engage in Supported-Decision Making instead of being under a guardianship. Prior to joining Quality Trust, Jonathan was the Managing Attorney for the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy, where he was lead counsel in Brinn v. Tidewater Transportation District Commission, the first case to hold that people with disabilities have a right to paratransit transportation on a next-day basis and in Winborne v. Virginia Lottery, which held that the Lottery must ensure that private businesses selling Lottery tickets are accessible to people with disabilities.

Supported Decision-Making Presentation

  • CLE Number: 1505379N
    CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Lions Tigers and Bears, Oh My!  David Lillesand

Many cash supports and public health insurance benefits in Titles 2, 16, 18 and 19 of the Social Security Act go untapped for eligible children and young adults because the individual, their parents and Guardians ad Litem may not be aware of the intricate rules for SSA cash benefits for children and young adults both with and without disabilities, and how to go about filing a claim and appealing improper medical disability denials. Transitioning from Children’s SSI to SSA Childhood Disability Benefits for young adults always results in a Florida Medicaid letter terminating benefits, but never any instructions that the individual continues by law to be eligible for continued Medicaid as a former recipient of SSI. Medical disability denials of both SSI and Medicaid are often not appealed because claimants are unaware that experienced attorneys will represent them on a contingent basis – no benefits, no fee. Likewise, denials due to alleged financial eligibility for both SSI and Medicaid can be cured by public benefit financial planning using statutory safe harbors to continue eligibility. All of these issues will be addressed with specific instructions for parents, GALs and other advocates for children and young adults

Social Security and SSI Benefits Presentation

Social Security and SSI Benefits Materials

  • CLE Number: 1505380N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Accessing Medicaid Services for Children with Disabilities:  Who Offers What?  Nancy Wright, Attorney, Law Office of Nancy E. Wright

Are you confused about which services Medicaid offers for children with developmental disabilities? You are not alone. With recent changes to Medicaid, getting appropriate services may mean dealing with one or more managed care organizations, the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Access to these services also differs depending on whether the child is in foster care or returned to a permanent home setting. We will use a series of case studies to discuss the types of services that are available and where to make the service request. In the last part of the workshop, we will go over the procedures for requesting an appeal or hearing, depending on which entity is denying coverage

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  • CLE Number:1505381N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit’s Therapeutic Court:  A Team Approach –  M. Kathleen Clendining, Supervising Attorney, Guardian ad Litem Program, 15th Judicial Circuit; Judette Fanelli, General Magistrate, Juvenile Division, 15th Judicial Circuit; Daniel Lieberman, Managing Attorney, Children’s Legal Services, 15th Judicial Circuit; Mary Quinlan, Chief Deputy Court Administrator, Court Administration, 15th Judicial Circuit

Participants attending this workshop will learn about an innovative new approach in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Therapeutic Court, for handling cases where the dependent child has substantial therapeutic needs. Members of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit’s Therapeutic Court will provide the rationale behind developing the court and the benefits achieved from handling cases with this collaborative new approach. The workshop will provide an overview of the court model, tips on the questions child welfare professionals should be asking regarding psychotropic medication and therapeutic modalities, and how to implement a similar court in your own jurisdiction with all the right players involved.
  • CLE Number: 1505383N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General) 1.5 (Mental Illness)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Sunshine Health Child Welfare Specialty Plan –  Paula Lupton, Cenpatico Trainer for Sunshine Health Child Welfare, Cenpatico Serving Sunshine Health;  Andrea McShane, Cenpatico Trainer for Sunshine Health Child Welfare, Cenpatico Serving Sunshine Health

This workshop reviews the benefits of the specialty plan, the companies involved, how to access services, and the continuity of care. This is important information for anyone who works with children who are in out-of-home placements or who are involved with Juvenile Dependency Court

Orientation to the Child Welfare Specialty Plan

  • CLE Number: 1505382N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

The Key To Determining Child Safety, Child Needs and Child Well-Being: The Family Functioning Assessment – Ginger Griffeth, Family Safety Manager, Office of Child Welfare, DCF; John Harper, Child Protective Investigation Specialist, Office of Child Welfare, DCF

Florida’s new Safety Methodology emphasizes the collection of sufficient information to identify dangerous threats, implement safety plans and accurately assess both child and adult functioning. This workshop will explore what aspects of the assessment process will clearly provide the rationale for the child protective investigator’s safety determination and how the case manager will continue to address safety management. The family functioning assessment should also support GALs in trying to determine what is in the child’s best interest because both child strengths and needs, as well as caregiver protective capacities are assessed and documented on an on-going basis.
  • CLE Number: 1505384N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Disabilities Advocacy at Judicial Reviews –  Judy Burke, Child’s Best Interest Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program; Charlene Pinkey, Child’s Best Interest Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program

Judicial review hearings comprise a large number of the court’s hearings in dependency proceedings. The practitioner must be prepared for a wide variety of issues that can arise during the court’s review of the child’s status, including change of placement, case plan modifications and access to services. Judicial reviews provide an opportunity to focus the court on the child’s special needs. Through this workshop you will learn to evaluate the child’s needs, prepare for the judicial review and successfully advocate to obtain court orders to access appropriate services and protect the child’s rights. Participants will also learn about the 2015 legislative changes to the judicial review statute.

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  • CLE Number: 1505790N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Case Planning and Permanency Planning to Help Children with Mental Health and Intellectual Challenge – Wendie Cooper, Appellate Director, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program;  Patricia Propheter, Appellate Counsel, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program

This interactive workshop will help participants identify and address mental health and intellectual challenges facing children early in the dependency process. With early identification, participants can properly design case plans in order for both children and parents to receive the appropriate services. Participants will be able to determine the best permanency goal for children based on the ever-changing needs of the child and the parents throughout the dependency proceedings. This will ensure the correct outcome for all involved.
  • CLE Number: 1505386N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General) 1.5 (Mental Illness)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Commercial Sexual Exploitation Of Children – Casi Knowles, DELTA Clinical Coordinator, Devereux Florida

This specialized training is aimed to increase awareness and expertise related to commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and youth. Guardians ad Litem play an important role in the lives of children and youth in Florida. We also know that simply being in the dependency system makes children more vulnerable to being recruited into the commercial sex industry. This workshop defines human trafficking and CSEC, discusses how children are recruited, who the exploiters and customers are, and how to identify youth who have been exploited. This workshop will also address how GALs can positively impact children who are victims of sex trafficking.
  • CLE Number: 1505387N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

A Historical Look At Involuntary Commitment Of Incompetent Juveniles To Residential Treatment Center – Ward Metzger, Northeast Regional Appellate Counsel, DCF;  Kelley Schaeffer, Appellate/Senior Attorney, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program

This workshop will present an overview of the legal history of the involuntary commitment of incompetent juveniles to residential treatment centers. The relevant federal regulations and Florida Statutes will be reviewed. There will be an in-depth discussion of how the courts have interpreted the process by which incompetent juveniles can be involuntarily committed to residential treatment facilities. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the discussion by sharing professional experiences and effective problem-solving strategies.
  •  CLE Number: 1505385N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Educational Needs Of Special Populations In Dependency -Melissa Duncan, Supervising Attorney, Education Advocacy Project, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.;  Shahar Pasch, Supervising Attorney, Education Advocacy Project, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.

This workshop will actively engage audiences through case studies and brainstorming to provide a legal and practical overview of educational issues for special populations in dependency. The presentation will focus on dependent populations such as developmentally disabled youth, youth prescribed psychotropic medications, youth in residential treatment centers, victims of human trafficking, unaccompanied minors, youth transitioning to adulthood, and crossover youth. Presenters will explain the framework of special education law and utilize case studies to demonstrate the challenges for these special needs populations. The audience will leave with a plan to address their unique educational needs.

Educational Needs of Special Populations in Dependency

  • CLE Number: 1505388N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Qualifying A Witness As An Expert Using The Daubert Standard –  Vanessa Cordero, Senior Child’s Best Interest Attorney, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program, 20th Judicial Circuit;  Laura Lawson, Appellate Counsel, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program

The Florida Rule of Evidence § 90.702 regarding Expert Testimony was amended to reflect the Federal Rule of Evidence, often referred to as the “Daubert standard,” following the United States Supreme Court Case Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Daubert essentially charged trial court judges with the duty as gatekeepers to keep out unreliable expert testimony. The goal of this workshop is to explain the test for trial courts to use in assessing the reliability of expert testimony, and how to qualify a witness as an expert using the Daubert standard.

Qualifying an Expert Using the Daubert Standard PowerPoint

Qualifying an Expert Using the Daubert Standard

  • CLE Number: 1505389N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Pursuing Win-Win Outcomes In The School Setting: Educational Advocacy  – Jonathan McIntire, Educational Consultant and Advocate;  Kimberley Spire-Oh, Special Education Attorney, Law Office of Kimberley Spire-Oh, PA

Obtaining the best outcomes for students with disabilities in the school setting requires knowledge of the law, disabilities, and the student’s strengths and needs as well as a focus on problem-solving. In this workshop, participants will learn how to pursue 504 or Exceptional Student Education eligibility and navigate the evaluation process. They will learn the components of effective 504 plans and IEPs and how to ensure compliance with a student’s plan. They will become familiar with the dispute resolution options available when problems arise. Finally, they will learn the pros and cons of the various educational options available to students with disabilities, including McKay private schools, charter schools and magnet schools.

Pursuing Win-Win Outcomes in the School Setting

  • CLE Number:  1505393N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Advancing The Self-Determination Of Clients With Disabilities – Phoebe Ball, Legislative Affairs Specialist, National Council on Disability;  Robyn Powell, Attorney Advisor, National Council on Disability

This workshop will provide attendees with an increased understanding of disability as a civil rights issue; the concept of “self-determination” in the context of legal representation of individuals with disabilities; and examine The Florida Bar requirement requiring the maintenance of a normal relationship with a “client under a disability.” This rule and the ethical issues it raises will be examined and clarified. Lawyers representing individuals with disabilities as well as others in a position to represent the needs of individuals with disabilities in other capacities (e.g. guardians ad litem) will leave with a better understanding of how to empower their clients and represent their interests in a way that honors their preferences, desires and beliefs.

Advancing The Self-Determination Of Clients With Disabilities Powerpoint

  • CLE Number: 1505390N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Panel Discussion: How To Utilize Information Accessible To Dependency Case Managers Through CBCIH’S – Michael Bryant, Chief Operating Officer,
Community Based Care of Central Florida, Inc.;  Diane DeMark, Vice President of Operations, Community Based Care Integrated Health, LLC

Community Based Care Integrated Health, a company formed by the CBCs, has developed an application platform (INTEGRATE) that combines child welfare data from Florida’s Safe Families Network (FSFN) with data from Sunshine Health. The panel will include professionals who have developed INTEGRATE and CW professionals who view and utilize the information when developing case plans and reviewing progress towards well-being and permanency. Data that can be viewed by dependency case managers for those children enrolled in the Sunshine Health CW Specialty Plan will be demonstrated. A CBC nurse care coordinator and dependency case manager will be participating in the panel.
  • CLE Number: 1505392N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Coordinating Access To Residential Behavioral Health Services For Children –  Shevaun Harris, Bureau Chief, Medicaid Policy, Agency for Health Care Administration

The Agency for Health Care Administration completed the implementation of the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program in September 2014. The majority of Medicaid recipients are now receiving their services through managed care plans. Managed care plans are required to cover the majority of medical, behavioral, and dental services covered under the Florida Medicaid Program, this includes residential treatment services that were previously not covered under managed care. In light of this change, the Agency will provide an overview of the system of care (including roles and responsibilities) for coordinating access to residential behavioral health services available under the Medicaid Program for dependent children.
  • CLE Number: 1505391N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Transition and Social Security Benefits For Students With Disabilities – Harold Bennett, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Florida;  Felicia Jordan, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Florida

In this workshop, participants will explore the interactions between the wide array of transition services available to students with disabilities and Social Security benefits provided through both the SSI and SSDI programs. Participants will learn which agencies and programs have roles in the transition process, what issues to be aware of as a student transitions into post-secondary activities, and how work incentives can ease the transition from beneficiary to self-sufficient individual.

Transition And Social Security Benefits For Students With Disabilities

  • CLE Number:  1505394N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Kids’ Rights / Lawyers’ Responsibilities – Jessica Rae, Attorney, Community Law Program; Robin Rosenberg, Deputy Director, Florida’s Children First

Attorney appointments made under § 39.01305 require the child’s counsel to address all of the child’s legal needs. Some legal needs are obvious, others not so much. This workshop will help lawyers identify the rights that children have and the issues that may arise out of those rights. It will also provide participants with tools to help them learn how to advocate for those rights.

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  • CLE Number:  1505395N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

No Stone Unturned: Investigatory Practice For Attorneys & Advocates Representing Children With Special Needs – Carsandra Buie, Attorney at Law, Solo Practitioner/Registry Attorney;  Barbara Glass, Attorney for the Child, The Children with Certain Special Needs Attorney Registry;  Eli Mattern, Attorney, Brevard County Legal Aid; Heather Morcroft, Attorney at Law, Solo Practitioner

This panel presentation is aimed at children’s attorneys and advocates. It focuses on work that should go on outside of the Dependency Courtroom: discovery, interviewing, record-reviews that lead to a comprehensive understanding of the child’s wants, needs, and circumstance. A thorough assessment of the child’s legal rights and general well-being require a holistic view of their physical, psychological, and educational needs. The what, where, and how-to’s of relevant record discovery will be addressed, as will some of the key aspects of interviews with providers, care-givers, and of course the child. Hypothetical cases and investigation strategies will be discussed.

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  • CLE Number: 1505396N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Representing Victims Of Trafficking In The Child Welfare System – Angela Vigil, Director of Pro Bono and Community Service, Baker and McKenzie

Children’s attorneys who develop a knowledge base in child trafficking will be able to provide more comprehensive and appropriate legal services to their trafficked clients. This workshop will look at the needs of child victims generally and those in the child welfare system specifically.
  • CLE Number: 1505397N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Transition Planning For Foster Youth With Disabilities – Alexandra St. Pierre, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.

This workshop will highlight the major issues that often develop for a youth with disabilities transitioning to adulthood from foster care. Independent living programs such as Extended Foster Care, Aftercare, and Postsecondary Education Services and Support will be discussed as they pertain to youth with disabilities. In addition, the workshop will cover the necessary elements to creating functional transition plans and case plans. Practice tools, including checklists, will be distributed to facilitate direct application of the material to individual youth in care to ensure the smoothest transition possible.

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  • CLE Number: 1505399N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Labor and Employment Law)

Successfully Proving Best Interests,  Jennifer Paullin, Appellate Attorney,Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program; De’Anne A. Jackson, Child’s Best Interest Attorney, 17th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program;  Patrick Vincent, Senior Child’s Best Interest Attorney,10th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program;
Leah Dual, Senior Child’s Best Interest Senior Attorney,18th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program

Evidence is the backbone of any successful evidentiary hearing or trial. This workshop will be a hands-on, learning-by-doing skills training on the admission of evidence to prove manifest best interests. A case study will be supplied to the participants which will be used as the source for facts and law for the training. Following lectures and discussion, the participants will learn primarily through participatory exercises. Participants will learn how to use the rules of evidence, explore specific problems in getting evidence typically used to prove manifest best interests admitted and get tips for litigation tactics to get evidence excluded or admitted.

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  • CLE Number: 1505398N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Mastering The Master Trust: Another Advocacy Tool In Your Tool Box –  Jessica Rae, Attorney, Community Law Program

This workshop will explain everything advocates need to know about master trust accounts and fee waivers. Through the use of case studies, participants will explore how to access this underutilized resource to obtain the services and supports a child may need in order to thrive and obtain permanency.

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Know Your Rights-Money (Florida’s Children First)

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  • CLE Number: 1505402N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Special Education Law For Students With Disabilities –  Ann Siegel, Director of Advocacy, Education & Outreach, Disability Rights Florida

This workshop will focus on special education law for students with disabilities. Advocating for special education services can be very difficult for parents, legal guardians and care givers of students with disabilities. Knowing the rights of students with disabilities is vital to navigating the special education system. Caregivers/Families need to be knowledgeable about what the law and what that means for their children. Students with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education. Individual Education and 504 Plans need to be designed to meet the unique needs of the student. Knowing the Federal and State Law will assist child welfare professionals in achieving the appropriate education plan for their child.

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  • CLE Number: 1505403N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Cultural And Communication Considerations In Medical Neglect Evaluations – John Wright, Medical Director, Broward County Child Protection Team; Mary Ellen Wright, PhD, ARNP, CPNP, Mission Memorial Health Care System

Medical Neglect is a significant contributor to child mortality and morbidity in Child Maltreatment. An overview of the subject will be presented in this workshop including the definition, incidence, evaluation process, and management strategies with a special emphasis on the evaluation within the context of cultural differences and communication issues between families and providers. Several case studies will be discussed to allow participation in groups suggesting management strategies for optimal outcomes.

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  • CLE Number: 1505401N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

A Step-By-Step Guide To Guardianship Issues For Dependent Teens Thought To Be Incapacitated Or Otherwise in Need of Help  –  Mary K. Wimsett Special Counsel to the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program, Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program and Deborah Schroth, Appellate Counsel & Counsel for Ed, IL, Master Trust at CLS, FL Dep’t of Children and Families

This workshop will walk participants through the guardianship process for teens aging out of the system who have significant disabilities. Presenters will discuss the initial issue of identifying a teen who may require a guardian or other help upon majority and provide a basic understanding of the help available for these teens, from rep. payees and powers of attorney through the most restrictive assistance of a plenary guardian and what each means for the teen’s civil rights. There will be a discussion on the difficult topic of how to find an adult to fulfill the teen’s need, including where to look for guardians. The workshop will end with a basic overview of the probate guardianship process, and the role of each party to the probate case.

Step by Step to Guardianship

  • CLE Number: 1505400N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Agency for Persons with Disabilities – Serving Individuals with Developmental Disabilities – Meghan Murray, Director of Community Supports, Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities

This presentation is an overview of the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). This presentation will outline who APD serves and how they serve them. It will also include information regarding client rights, APD waiting list prioritization, crisis supplication and hearing, and employment of people with disabilities initiatives.
  • CLE Number: 1505409N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

What You Need To Know About The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – Stephanie Langer Attorney, Langer Law, P.A.

The world of special education can be confusing and overwhelming. The best defense is a good offense. You must be prepared before you enter any meeting. This workshop will discuss the different laws that govern special education and how they interact with each other, provide you with practical advise on how to prepare for any meeting with the school system, what documents can and should be requested before any meeting, tips on how to respond to the most often mistruths put forth by school districts and what options are available to you if further action is required to obtain the necessary programs and services for the student.

What_You_Need_to_Know_About_the_Individuals_with_Disabilities_Education_Act_(IDEA)

  • CLE Number: 1505408N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Representing Children In Dependency Proceeding: Ethical Issues And Quagmires – Gerry Glenn, Chief Legal Officer, Community Based Care Holdings

Representing children often raises interesting ethical questions. These questions are complicated by historical confusion about the role of an attorney for a child versus other parties including guardians ad litem. This presentation will discuss generally the role of an attorney and present hypotheticals for the audience to participate in resolving the ethical issues presented. It will be an interactive ethical presentation.

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  • CLE Number: 1505406N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General) 1.5 (Ethics)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Psychotropic Medications: Perspective From Inside The System – Robert Latham, Supervising Attorney/Lecturer, Univ. Of Miami Children and Youth Law Clinic

Members of Florida Youth SHINE will share their experience with being prescribed psychotropic medications as children in the child welfare system. Together with Robert Latham they will explore how children’s lawyers and Guardians ad Litem can best work with children to maximize the benefits of mental health treatment while preserving their autonomy and bodily integrity.
  • CLE Number: 1505405N
  • CLE Credits: 1.5 (General)
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Certification Credits: 1.5 (Marital and Family Law)

Florida GAL Disabilities Conference 2015 Survey Results