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Elder Abuse Fatality Review Team (EAFRT)

Created in September 2020, the Elder Abuse Fatality Review Team (EAFRT) establishes a local team to review closed elder abuse cases that resulted in an individual’s death found to have been caused by, or related to, abuse or neglect. The team reviews cases in Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties and considers case facts that led to the fatal incident — this includes community resources, current laws and policies, and actions taken by systems or individuals.

The goal is to identify potential gaps or problems and develop approaches — including but not limited to recommending laws, rules, and policy changes — to address the causes of death.

State lawmakers in 2020 established legislation that was signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that allowed judicial circuits to establish EAFRTs. The Fourth Judicial Circuit is the first in Florida to establish such a team, with the state attorney convening the first meeting in September 2020.

 

This dedicated web page will serve as the official page of the Fourth Circuit EAFRT and will be regularly updated with public notices for meetings, agendas, and any relevant material for the work of the local team.

Members

The Honorable Gary Flower (co-chair), Duval County Courts
Linda Levin (co-chair), ElderSource
Farisha Hamid, Office of State Sen. Audrey Gibson
Tracie Rayfield, First Coast District Ombudsman Manager
Octavius Holliday, Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office
Teresa Miles, Women’s Center of Jacksonville
Eileen Rodden, Women’s Center of Jacksonville
Dr. Ronald Buchsbaum, Medical Examiner’s Office
Sgt. Gary Porter, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Karen Murillo, Florida Attorney General’s Office
Paul Kellam, Adult Protective Services
Cindy Chambers, Office of Attorney General
Gloria Crawford, City of Jacksonville Senior Services Division
Randy Wyse, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department
Jody Brandenburg, Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home
Patrick Vitellaro, Clay County Sheriff’s Office
Kristen Gonzalez, Baptist Medical Center
Renae Lewin, Fourth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office
A.J. Mack, VyStar 
Robert Fultz, VyStar
Mike Jorgensen, Elder Law Attorney

 

Meetings

The Elder Abuse Fatality Review Team operates pursuant to Florida’s “Sunshine” Law and is open to the public. All meetings are at 4 p.m. on the dates listed below, unless otherwise noted. If done in a physical location, the location will be published closer to the actual meeting. Public notices for any full or subcommittee meeting will be posted on this page at least 24 hours in advance of a meeting.  

Minutes and Documents

June 14, 2021

EAFRT 6/14/21 Minutes

EAFRT Meeting, Agenda Public Notice for June 14, 2021 

July 12, 2021

EAFRT Meeting, Agenda and Public Notice for July 12, 2021 

EAFRT Minutes for July 12, 2021

Aug. 16, 2021

EAFRT Meeting Public Notice, Agenda for Aug. 16, 2021

EAFRT Agenda Aug. 16, 2021

EARFT Minutes Aug. 16, 2021

 

Sept. 13, 2021

EAFRT Public Notice for Sept. 13, 2021

EAFRT Minutes for Sept. 13, 2021

 

Oct. 4, 2021

EAFRT Public Notice and Agenda for Oct. 4, 2021

 

Nov. 8, 2021

EAFRT Executive Committee Public Notice, Agenda for Nov. 8, 2021

EAFRT Minutes for Nov. 8, 2021

 

Dec. 6, 2021

EAFRT Public Notice, Agenda for Dec. 6, 2021

EAFRT Minutes for Dec. 6, 2021

EAFRT Public Records Request Dec. 1, 2021

 

Jan. 10, 2022

Public Notice, Agenda for Jan. 10, 2022

 

Feb. 7, 2022

Public Notice for Feb. 7, 2022

Minutes for Feb. 7, 2022

 

March 7, 2022

Public Notice, Agenda for March 7, 2022

 

April 4, 2022

Public Notice for April 4, 2022

Minutes for April 4, 2022

 

May 2, 2022

Public Notice for May 2, 2022

Agenda for May 2, 2022

 

June 6, 2022

Public Notice, Agenda for June 6, 2022

Minutes for June 6, 2022

 

Aug. 1, 2022

Public Notice, Agenda for Aug. 1, 2022

 

Oct. 3, 2022

Public Notice, Agenda for Oct. 3, 2022

 

Nov. 7, 2022

Public Notice, Agenda for Nov. 7, 2022

Minutes Nov. 7, 2022

 

Dec. 5, 2022

Public Notice, Agenda for Dec. 5, 2022

Minutes for Dec. 5, 2022

 

Jan. 9, 2023

Public Notice, Agenda for Jan. 9, 2023

Minutes for Jan. 9, 2023

 

Feb. 6, 2023

UPDATE 2/6/23: The EAFRT meeting scheduled for today, Feb. 6, 2023, has been canceled.  The next meeting will be in March. A public notice for that meeting will be posted closer to the day of the meeting.

Public Notice for Feb. 6, 2023

 

March 6, 2023

Public Notice, Agenda for March 6, 2023

 

April 3, 2023

Public Notice, Agenda for April 3, 2023

 

May 8, 2023

Public Notice for May 8, 2023

 

Aug. 24, 2023

Public Notice, Agenda for Aug. 24, 2023

Minutes for Aug. 24, 2023

 

Oct. 10, 2023

Public Notice for Oct. 10, 2023

 

Nov. 14, 2023

Public Notice for Nov. 14, 2023

Dec. 12, 2023

Public Notice, Dec. 12, 2023

 

Feb. 13, 2024

Public Notice, Feb. 13, 2024

 

March 12, 2024

Public Notice. March 12, 2024

 

April 9, 2024

Public Notice, April 9, 2024

 

May 14, 2024

Public Notice, May 14, 2024

 

June 11, 2024

Public Notice, June 11, 20224

 

Subcommittees

Annual Report Subcommittee

Members
Eileen Rodden, Diane Clark, Cindy Chambers, Karen Murillo, Tracie Rayfield, A.J. Mack

Purpose
This subcommittee comprises members who will work on information for the Department of Elder Affairs Annual Report required from the Elder Abuse Fatality Review Team. 

Meetings

July 23, 2021 Public Notice
July 23, 2021 Minutes 

Aug. 6, 2021 Public Notice

Aug. 19, 2022, Public Notice

 

Case/File Review Subcommittee

Oct. 11, 2021 Public Notice

Nov. 15, 2021 Public Notice

Dec. 1, 2021 Public Notice
Dec. 1, 2021 Minutes  

Feb. 11, 2022 Public Notice
Feb. 11, 2022 Minutes

April 22, 2022 Public Notice

 

Executive Committee

Feb. 16, 2022 Public Notice

Nov. 14, 2022 Public Notice

Aug. 7, 2023 Public Notice

Oct. 3, 2023 Public Notice

Nov. 7, 2023 Public Notice

 

 

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