The Florida Department of Children and Families came under fire recently over its handling of the mentally ill at jails and other correctional facilities. The issue has become so serious that Governor Bush has called for an emergency meeting of the Legislative Budget Commission to address the issue in January. Join Carson Cooper for an in depth discussion on the next Florida Matters.
Cousins James Ransom and Cherie Johnson are third-generation Floridians from a large, extended family that settled in Tampa, Bradenton, New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach. Each generation has served in the community as volunteers and community activists beyond their varied professions of farmers, tailors, insurance salesmen and running a variety of businesses. James' mother, Hallique Rogers, a much loved dental hygienist, taught her children to be community-oriented “people servants.'' “It's part of our genetic strain,'' says James.
Music credits: Testifyin' by Benny Green, Who It Is You Are, Savoy Records
Pediatrician Philip Adler, a well-known and highly regarded fixture in Tampa’s medical history, talks about the community’s struggles to integrate Florida’s hospitals. Dr. Adler led the effort to provide equal medical care to all patients — black and white, young and old — starting in the 1950s when he flew into town from Boston with a new degree and a fresh perspective.
Music credits: Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie, arranged and performed by Christopher Parkening, Christopher Parkening The Great Recordings, EMI Classics