Featuring Judge Steven Leifman
Judge Leifman serves as Associate Administrative Judge in the Miami-Dade County Court Criminal Division.
From 2007 - 2010, Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman served as Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida. In this capacity, Judge Leifman has been responsible for chairing the Court's Mental Health Subcommittee which authored a ground-breaking report entitled, Transforming Florida's Mental Health System. This report, which has received considerable state and national recognition, outlines recommendations with the goal of decreasing inappropriate and costly involvement of people with mental illnesses in the justice system.
In October, 2010, the Chief Justice of the of the Supreme Court of Florida appointed Judge Leifman to Chair the Florida Supreme Court's Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Court.
Due to his expertise in the areas of criminal justice and mental health, Judge Leifman has been appointed to serve in a variety of capacities on local, state, and national bodies, including Co-Chair of the Council of State Governments/TAPA Center for Jail Diversion Judges' Criminal Justice/Mental Health Leadership Initiative, Co-Chair of the Miami-Dade County Mayor's Mental Health Task Force, Board of Directors of the American Psychiatric Foundation, member of the National Leadership Forum for Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Services, member of the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, and a Voluntary Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami School of Medicine. In addition, Judge Leifman serves as Chair of the South Florida Behavioral Health Network and Finance Chair of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust. He also serves as the Board Chair of Florida Partners in Crisis.
In recognition of his tireless efforts, Judge Leifman has received numerous awards and acknowledgements including; the 2011 Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle Award, the 2010 Florida International University (FIU) Cal Kovens Distinguished Community Service Medallion, the 2010 Leadership Florida Distinguished Member Award, the 2009 International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) Judicial Award, the 2009 Dade County Bar Association Sookie Williams Award, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 2008 Distinguished Service Award (NAMI National's Highest Honor) and the 2008 Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Miami Chapter Honorable Gerald Kogan Judicial Distinction Award.
Judge Leifman has also been featured in many national and local television and radio programs regarding mental health and the criminal justice system including, CNN: Special Investigations Unit, The Criminally Insane; PBS, Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness; CBS4, The Forgotten Floor and National Public Radio (NPR) All Things Considered. Mental Health HOPE Symposium © 2011
2013 Training Institute Registration
FACC 2013 Annual Statewide Training Institute Agenda
Integrating Solutions for Mental Health Issues and Current Trends in Community Supervision
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF ADVOCATING FOR COMMUNITY
CORRECTIONS PROGRAMS AND STAFF TRAINING IN FLORIDA
Wednesday July 10th
8:30 to 8:45 - Opening Session & Welcome
FACC President Sharon Longworth
The Honorable Derrick Henry, Mayor, Daytona Beach, Florida
The Honorable Terence R. Perkins, Chief Judge, 7th Judicial District, Volusia County
8:45 to 9:45 - Keynote Address: The State of Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System
The Honorable Judge Steven Leifman
9:45 to 10 – Break
10 to 12 noon - Crisis in Corrections: The Mentally Ill Behind Bars
Dean Aufderheide Ph.D. Director of Mental Health Services, Florida Department of Corrections
12 noon to 1:30 – FACC Luncheon – Vendors Introductions
Speaker - Chet Bell, CEO of Stewart Marchman Behavioral Healthcare, Daytona Beach
1:30 to 2:30 – Staff Stress Management
Jim Sewell, Ph.D.
2:30 to 2:45 – Break
2:45 to 3:45 – Courtroom Testimony and Courtroom Etiquette
The Honorable Bryan A. Feigenbaum, County Court Judge, 7th Circuit – Volusia County
3:45 to 4:00 – Break
4:00 to 5:00 – Crisis Intervention Team Training and Seminole County Post-Booking Program
Shannon Seiple, Seminole County Sheriff’s Dept.
Thursday July 11th
8:30 to 9:30 – Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Update on Major Issues in the State of Florida
Mark Fontaine, Executive Director, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association
9:30 to 10:45 – Probation Law
The Honorable Dawn Fields, County Court Judge, 7th Circuit - Volusia County
10:45 to 11:00 – Break
11:00 to 12 noon - Community Corrections Collaborative Network and Pew Public Opinion Research
on Sentencing and Corrections
M. David McGriff, Ph.D, CEO the Advocate Program
12 noon to 1:30 – FACC Luncheon – Business Meeting – Awards and FACC 20th Anniversary Celebration
1:30 to 2:30 - Criminal Justice Trends: Community Programs and Research
Diane Haynes, M.A., MPA - Florida Mental Health Institute
2:30 to 2:45 – Break
2:45 to 3:45 – Overview of the Florida Mental Health Institute
Mark Engelhardt, MS, MSW, ACSW, Florida Mental Health Institute
3:45 to 4:00 – Break
4:00 to 5:00 – County Probation Forum
Friday July 12th
8:30 to 9:30 – Veteran’s Services
Patrick Diggs, Veteran’s Justice Outreach Coordinator Bay Pines Veteran’s Hospital
9:30 to 9:45 – Break
9:45 to 10:45 - Veterans and Impact of PTSD
Sgt Major Leon Caffie, Sgt. Major, United States Army Reserve
10:45 to 12:15 – FACC Brunch & Raffle