Statewide SART Commences Special Session Focusing on Forensic Exam Program Management and Administration

Statewide SART Commences Special Session Focusing on Forensic Exam Program Management and Administration

 

The Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) has commenced a special session for the 2015-2016 year. Traditionally, the Statewide SART has operated through a subcommittee system in which participants contribute to the annual recommendations based on their expertise and interests. For the 2015-2016 year, FCASV has determined that pressing issues related to the administration and management of independent forensic exam programs merits a special focus.  Thus, membership for the 2015-2016 year has been made exclusive to individuals who manage and administer forensic exam programs that are led by certified rape crisis programs.  It is important to note that this year’s research and recommendations will be focusing on administration and management of forensic exam programs, not technical aspects of conducting a forensic exam. 

Members of the 2015-2016 Statewide SART include:

Tari A. Allan, Rape Crisis Services Supervisor
Centerstone
Bradenton

Teresa  Andersen, Program Supervisor         
Sexual Assault Victim Services
Viera

Jennifer Benton, Executive Director
Abuse Counseling and Treatment     
Ft. Myers

Meg Baldwin, Executive Director
Refuge House, Inc.   
Tallahassee

Nicole  Bishop, Director        
Palm Beach County Victim Services and Certified Rape Crisis Center
West Palm Beach

Noelle  Clark, Manager         
Suncoast Rape Crisis Center 
Clearwater

Michelle Crum, Chief, Bureau of Victim Compensation, Division of Victim Service and Criminal Justice Programs
Office of the Attorney General
Tallahassee

Micheala Denny, Director, Program Development   
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
Tallahassee

Lui Diamani, Executive Director       
Victim Service Center of Central Florida
Orlando

Jennifer Dritt,  Executive Director    
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
Tallahassee

Michelle English, Executive Director
Project HELP, Inc.
Naples

Kelly Franklin, Chief Operating Officer       
Betty Griffin House   
St. Augustine

Crystal Kelley, Transitional & Outreach Program Director
Refuge House, Inc.
Tallahassee

Kathleen Kempke, Director, Sexual Assault Services
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Tampa

Morgan Moeller, Rape Recovery Team Director
Women's Center of Jacksonville
Jacksonville

Theresa Prichard, Director of Advocacy       
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
Tallahassee

JoEllen Revell, Program Director
Victim Service Center of Central Florida
Orlando

Jaimee Sellers, Grant Administrator/Program Assistant/Hotline Advocate  
Sexual Assault Victim Services         
Viera

Rob Shelt, Sr. Program Manager       
Palm Beach County Division of Victim Services      
West Palm Beach

Sandra Steblin SANE-A, Clinical Supervisor Nurse Examiner Program       
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay   
Tampa

Shirley K. Webb, Executive Director
Women's Center of Jacksonville        
Jacksonville

Julie Wenk                 
Abuse Counseling and Treatment      
Ft. Myers

Eileen Wesley, Sexual Assault Program Director
Project HELP, Inc.    
Naples

Cathy Wilson             
Centerstone    
Bradenton

The SW SART has divided its efforts into four areas of focus for the 2015-2016 year.  They include:

Fiscal and Facilities Management

This subcommittee will focus on common issues encountered by administrators and fiscal managers of independent forensic exam programs including:

  • The true financial costs of running a forensic exam program.
  • Finding funding support and from entities outside of the rape crisis center as well as reimbursement rates for exams from the Attorney General’s Office
  • Program standards for auditing purposes

Provision of Exams for Non-Reporters

This subcommittee aims to ensure that victims of sexual assault, regardless of their choice to report to law enforcement, receive the same level of access and care, including forensic examinations. Further, the subcommittee is interested in ensuring that all SART groups throughout the state have written protocols related to how non-reporting cases/SA kits are managed. The subcommittee will explore the storage and chain of custody practices that are in place statewide and based on that information and work toward developing standardization and consistency by making best practice recommendations. 

Recruitment and Retention

This subcommittee will focus on common issues that programs have experienced regarding the recruitment and retention of qualified SANE nurses.  The subcommittee will be discussing and making recommendations on the following:

  • Finding effective advertising sources/techniques that reach qualified nurses
  • Offering prospective nurses enough incentive to join their SANE program
  • Providing initial and ongoing training
  • Maintaining coverage for shifts to ensure there is a SANE on-call at all times
  • Providing effective positive recognition and building the moral of SANEs

Special Care Considerations

This subcommittee will address survivors with special care considerations and their ability to consent to forensic exams, specifically looking at:  minors, individuals who are incapacitated or unconscious, vulnerable adult survivors (which includes survivors with developmental delays, older adults, and survivors with mental illness), survivors who are incarcerated, survivors who are pregnant, survivors with language barriers or that are deaf or hard of hearing, and survivors with undocumented status or migrant victims.  These particular populations have complex capacity to consent concerns and this subcommittee will focus on how survivors’ rights are honored and that they receive the best care possible. 

The Statewide SART will be conducted its first in-person meeting on January 22, 2016 in Clearwater, Florida. Opportunties for community feedback, including a roundtable discussion at the 2016 Biennial Training Summit will be made availale to interested parties.

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