Speaking on Florida's Work and Gain Economic Self-Sufficiency (WAGES) Program (PDF)
Don Winstead is Welfare
Reform Administrator with the Florida Department of Children and Families. He began his
career as a social worker in 1971 and has worked in a variety of direct service,
administrative and managerial positions. The first 17 years of his employment in social
services was spent in the Jacksonville area and the past 10 years has been in the central
office in Tallahassee.
worked on many of the welfare related bills that have passed the Florida Legislature
including the Family Transition Act of 1993 which authorized Floridas time-limited
welfare reform demonstration pilots and the Work and Gain Economic Self-Sufficiency
(WAGES) Act which passed unanimously in the 1996 legislative session in anticipation of
national welfare reform. In addition to working on state welfare reform issues, Don tracks
national welfare reform legislation and analyzes the potential impact of federal changes
on Floridas programs.
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