State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

Robert A. Butterworth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Brenda Brody
June 14, 2007 (850)488-4855

Lt. Governor Kottkamp and Children and Families Secretary Butterworth
Announce New Leadership

~ Secretary Butterworth appoints Director of Office of Drug Control, Bill Janes, to serve as Assistant
Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health ~

TALLAHASSEE- Further strengthening his leadership team, Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Bob Butterworth announced today Bill Janes will step in to a dual role serving as the Assistant Secretary for Substance Abuse and Mental Health at the Department while maintaining his position as Director of the Office of Drug Control under Governor Charlie Crist. Lt. Governor Kottkamp and Supreme Court special advisor on mental health issues Judge Steven Leifman were on hand to congratulate Director Janes and Children and Families on the recent appointment.

"Governor Crist and I are confident Bill has the overall leadership experience and unique subject-matter knowledge to immediately begin contributing to the Department of Children and Families in a meaningful way," said Lt. Governor Kottkamp. "We are grateful for his service to our state and our nation and thankful he will continue to serve the people of Florida in this new role."

Janes brings extensive experience in both mental health and substance abuse issues to both of his positions. He previously served as a counselor, manager and executive director for the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office in Tampa. In addition, he directed the formation of one of Florida's first substance abuse and mental health collaborations, the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network,

"As an action-oriented agency, we knew we needed an action-oriented person for this job. That's Bill Janes," said Butterworth. "He's a proven leader with extensive knowledge in substance abuse and mental health issues. I can't think of a more perfect fit than with us at Children and Families."

"I appreciate the opportunity that Governor Crist and Secretary Butterworth have given me," said Janes. "Their decision again demonstrates an understanding of the importance of dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues together. It also strengthens the alignment of our prevention, treatment, and law enforcement efforts. Florida customers will be better served. My substance abuse, mental health and law enforcement partners in Tallahassee and across the state accomplish great things every day. I am delighted that we will work together to assist communities, families, and customers."

Janes will serve in a critical role representing Children and Families in coordinating with Judge Steven Leifman, Special Advisor to the Florida Chief Justice on Criminal Justice and Mental Health issues. Leifman was appointed in April to review coordination among the state's criminal justice and mental health care systems throughout the year. He will bring his findings and recommendations to the Supreme Court and several state agencies, including the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Corrections, to address needed improvements.

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