Brevard’s Wendell Normile Receives Florida Coalition For Children State Award
By Space Coast Daily // July 14, 2015
earned Residential Caregiver of the Year
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Wendell Normile, M.S., M.B.A., Program Director at Devereux Florida’s Intensive Residential Treatment Center, located within Devereux Florida’s Viera Campus, was presented with the 2015 Residential Caregiver of the Year award by the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC).
The award was given at the FCC’s annual conference, held recently at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate.
Mr. Normile was recognized for his longstanding commitment to residential care, effective management of the program, and unwavering devotion to helping children overcome the most challenging of life’s troubles.
In his 24 years with Devereux Florida, Normile has worked exclusively in children’s residential treatment, one of the most challenging settings in social work.
He began as a direct care professional immediately after graduating from college and has remained within this division of the organization ever since.
Responsible for supervising a variety of operations at the Viera Campus, Normile oversees unit managers’ case management, the clinical department, and integration of the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Treatment Model.
He is also responsible for managing the facility’s budgets as well as the 150 personnel who care for approximately 95 children and adolescents living at the campus.
In addition, he serves as project manager for Devereux Florida’s $1.4 million Wellness, Learning and Activity Center and is responsible for opening Devereux Florida’s Statewide Inpatient Psychiatric Program, as well as Specialized Therapeutic Group Homes.
The award was presented to Normile by FCC CEO Kurt Kelly.
“It is so important to recognize our frontline workers who ensure we are protecting the youth in our care.”
Of all his accomplishments throughout his career, Normile cites his Kids Quality Team, a quality management committee he created to help assess programs’ accountability standards as one of his most notable.
While working at Devereux Florida’s Statewide Inpatient Psychiatric Program, he launched the platform to initiate a regular dialogue between youth living in the facility and the staff operating it; he then duplicated the program at the Viera Campus.
Kids Quality Team is a mutually-beneficial platform in which youth gain a better understanding of their program’s systems and caregivers receive direct feedback from the youth. With this real-time information, both collaborate to continuously make positive changes.
Devereux Florida’s Viera Campus Administrator, Tina Smith summed up what Normile brings to the organization, “Wendell has a unique ability to meet and connect with children, no matter where they are in their trauma recovery. He is seen as a wealth of knowledge and resources by his staff and peers, and his experience in residential behavioral health has been invaluable in helping change the way we support traumatized children. He is a true asset to our campus and the entire center.”
To learn more about Devereux Florida and the programs and services it offers throughout the state, visit www.DevereuxFL.org.
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