Greetings from the President....
I am honored to serve as the President for the Florida
Council on Crime and Delinquency for the 2023- 2024 year. With mental health
issues on the rise, the theme for this year is Mental Health in Criminal Justice: Crisis or Opportunity.
As criminal justice professionals, we have an obligation to
provide the best opportunities for success for those in our care suffering from
mental health issues. That said, the jobs we do are quite taxing whether you work in juvenile justice, corrections, policing, courts or another branch of
the criminal justice system. Not only do our clients need assistance, but staff
do as well. Staff wellness is important, as our staff are our greatest asset.
We will focus on staff wellness and mental health for them as well.
I look forward to working with you all to make this year
productive and educational on mental health. Our 94th Annual
Training institute is scheduled at the beautiful Tradewinds resort in St.
Petersburg Florida and I look forward to seeing you all there.
My door is open for innovative ideas on how we can improve
Sincerely, Laura E. Bedard, Ph.D.