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Feb 22, 2013
Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board

BATON ROUGE- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board.

The Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board shall provide information and recommendations from the perspective of advocacy groups, service providers, and parents to the Children’s Cabinet. The purpose of the Cabinet is to facilitate and require coordination of policy, planning, and budgeting affecting programs and services for children and their families. The cabinet carries out its functions in order to assure the most efficient and effective use of resources, particularly through programs for intervention and prevention and through services that assist and support children.

According to statute, the advisory board shall be composed of the following members:
  • A representative from Agenda for Children;
  • A representative from the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund;
  • A representative from Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana;
  • A representative from the Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition;
  • A representative from Louisiana Early Steps;
  • A representative from the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges;
  • The director of the State Head Start Collaboration Project;
  • A representative from the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board;
  • A representative from Louisiana State University, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service;
  • No fewer than three and no more than five parents nominated by agencies represented herein and approved by the cabinet;
  • The deputy secretary of the office of children and family services of the Department of Children and Family Services or their designee;
  • The assistant secretary of the office for citizens with developmental disabilities of the Department of Health and Hospitals;
  • The assistant secretary of the office of public health of the Department of Health and Hospitals;
  • The assistant secretary of the office of behavioral health of the Department of Health and Hospitals;
  • The director of the bureau of health services financing of the Department of Health and Hospitals;
  • A representative of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, to be designated by the executive director;
  • The assistant secretary of the office of juvenile justice of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections;
  • Three representatives of the Department of Education, to be designated by the superintendent as follows:
    • One member representing academic programs, including early childhood;
    • One member representing special education; and
    • One member representing educational support programs including secondary vocational education.
  • A representative of the division of administration, as designated by the commissioner;
  • A member of the Louisiana Families In Need Of Services Association;
  • A member of the Louisiana Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association;
  • A member of the Louisiana Catholic Conference;
  • The president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System or his designee;
  • The chief executive officer of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, health care services division, or his designee;
  • A representative of the National Association of Social Workers;
  • A representative of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations;
  • A representative from the Louisiana Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics;
  • The president of the Louisiana Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or his designee;
  • A member of the Louisiana Assembly on School-Based Health Care;
  • A member of the Louisiana Chapter of the March of Dimes;
  • A representative of Families Helping Families;
  • A representative of the Louisiana Association of Childcare Agencies;
  • A representative of Louisiana Children's Advocacy Centers;
  • A representative of the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane University;
  • A representative of the Louisiana Primary Care Association; and,
  • A representative of the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families.
Appointments to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board:

Carmen Weisner, of Baton Rouge, is the Executive Director of the National Association of Children and Family Services. Weisner will be reappointed to serve as a representative of the National Association of Social Workers, as required by statute.

Sean Hamilton, of Baton Rouge, is the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Juvenile Justice at the Department of Public Safety. Hamilton will be appointed to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Juvenile Justice of the Department of Public Safety, as required by statute.

 
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